|Representatives start construction work on the irrigation project in the western area of the Vàm Cỏ Đông River. — VNA/VNS Photo Lê Đức Hoảnh|
TÂY NINH — The Tây Ninh Province People’s Committee on Friday started the construction work on an irrigation project in the western area of the Vàm Cỏ Đông River in Hảo Đước Commune, Châu Thành District.
The irrigation project will supply water to nearly 17,000ha of agricultural land and residents in Châu Thành and Bến Cầu border districts.
The fund for the project is nearly VNĐ1 trillion (US$43.9 million), of which VNĐ650 billion ($28.5 million) will be obtained from the State budget and the remaining from the provincial budget.
Dương Văn Thắng, deputy chairman of Tây Ninh Province People’s Committee, said the agricultural lands in the western communes in Châu Thành and Bến Cầu border districts were separated from the Dầu Tiếng irrigation system by the Vàm Cỏ Đông River.
The communes face a severe water crisis, especially in the dry season, he said.
Water for agricultural processes and daily use is obtained from the Vàm Cỏ Đông River, but the pumping stations are not stable enough, whereas the charges to operate them are high.
The area urgently needs an irrigation project, which can convert the area into fertile agricultural land in the future, he said.
It will also develop sustainable goods sources and improve the lives of the local people. — VNS