VOV.VN - Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has reaffirmed that Vietnam will fully and seriously honour climate change commitments at both global and regional levels, especially within the ASEAN cooperation framework.
More than VND434 billion (US$18.6 million) was used to support over 562,000 needy people during May, as part of the 2020 humanitarian month programme run by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS).
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong wants countrywide improvements in developing plans to respond to natural disasters.
Saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta will likely remain at a high level until the end of April or early May, before gradually declining, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
In spite of challenges caused by saline intrusion and COVID-19, rice cultivation in the Mekong Delta must ensure domestic supply and take opportunities for export, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh.
The Mekong Delta may experience sooner and even more serious droughts and saltwater intrusion in the 2019 – 2020 dry season, compared to the situation in 2016 when historic saline intrusion was recorded, an official has said.
More than half of the Mekong Delta will disappear under sea level in the next two generations if no action is taken now, research has found.
Immediate measures and long-term plans should be implemented quickly to help provinces in the Mekong Delta cope with drought and saline intrusion, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Le Cong Thanh has said.
Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region could suffer serious salt intrusion by the end of this month, according to the Southern Irrigation Institute.
The central province of Quang Tri is building a dyke in Hieu river to prevent saline intrusion and supply water for local fields in Dong Ha city.
The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang allocated nearly VND504 billion (US$21.72 million) for disaster prevention in 2018 to ensure production and people’s livelihoods for stable local socio-economic development.
Measures to deal with drought and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta region were discussed during a workshop in Bac Lieu province on April 14.
Water and agricultural land in Nhon Hai commune, Ninh Hai district of the south central province of Ninh Thuan has been contaminated with high saline levels, affecting local production and livelihoods.
Over 40,000ha of winter-spring and summer-fall rice in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang will be hurt by saline intrusion this year, said chief of the Office of the provincial Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and Search and Rescue Tran Thanh Toan.
In 2016, the consequences of climate change in Vietnam were evident with 10 typhoons and seven tropical depressions in the East Sea, more than the average of many years ago. Of these, four storms and two tropical depressions directly affected the mainland.
Vietnam’s rice output during the winter-spring crop was estimated at 19.1 million tonnes, a year-on-year decrease of 1.5%, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh has asked the government for VND76 billion (over US$3.3 million) in financial support to help the province cope with drought and saline intrusion in the dry season in 2017.
The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has set itself a target of producing 63,000 tonnes of shrimp on brackish-water farms this year.
The Government needs to work out comprehensive solutions to control population and labour migraton in the Mekong Delta region to ensure security and defence, officials have said.
VOV.VN - In 2017, Vietnam’s agriculture should exert greater efforts to overcome difficulties in the export market and ensure domestic food security despite climate change.