|Farmers in Central Highlands province of Dak Lak seek water for crops. The province wants to improve its irrigation works for crops, especially coffee. – VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha
DAK LAK — The Central Highlands Province of Dak Lak needs VND15.3 trillion (US$700 million) to improve its irrigation works during the next five years, the provincial People's Committee said.
Two-thirds of the required funding is expected to come from the state budget, government bonds and overseas development assistance, while about VND 800 billion ($37 million) will be from the province's budget and nearly VND3 trillion ($137 million) from enterprises.
The construction and upgrade of its 353 irrigation works will help address the shortage of water for coffee plants.
It is expected that better irrigation will help improve the coffee quality, reduce production costs and thus, improve the competitiveness of Buon Ma Thuat coffee in the domestic and foreign markets.
There are almost 204,500ha of coffee in Dak Lak province -- the capital of Vietnamese coffee -- but current irrigation networks there can provide water for only a quarter of the total area.
Coffee farmers mostly use water from wells, rivers and springs to irrigate the rest 75 per cent of the coffee-growing area, which has affected the local underground water resources.
The province's coffee industry reportedly produces about 460,000 tonnes yearly, creating jobs for about 400,000 people. — VNS