The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta will not have early or intense flooding in its upper parts this year because of the low water level in the Mekong River, according to the National Centre of Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Hoàng Hiệp has urged localities nationwide to step up the construction and repair of structures designed to prevent erosion along river banks and coastal areas before the rainy season in order to minimise losses caused by natural disasters.
Extreme and prolonged hot weather and drought in Quảng Trị, Quảng Bình, Nghệ An and some central provinces have seriously affected the daily lives and production of local people.
The agricultural sector has maintained growth in the first half of this year despite facing difficulties, especially the African swine fever epidemic which had a heavy impact on the domestic animal husbandry sector.
Grape planters in the south-central province of Ninh Thuận in the past had to dig wells during the dry season to get irrigation water, at a cost of VNĐ50 million (US$2,100) per hectare.
The Southern Institute of Water Resources Research has asked farmers and irrigation management units in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta region to store water in ponds and canals for the dry season this year.
Many families in Hồng Lĩnh Commune in Hà Tĩnh Province still keep water pipes running from mountain creeks. Others in the province’s Thuận Lộc Commune prefer to use their wells, just in case tap water dries up.
The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hậu Giang will invest VNĐ67.5 billion (US$2.91 million) in upgrading irrigation systems to prevent saline intrusion during the ongoing dry season.