An agriculture official in Tra Vinh province's Tra Cu district instructs a farmer how to save her rice crop from saltwater and drought during the last dry season. (Photo: VNA) Tra Vinh (VNA) – The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tra Vinh has taken a number of measures to prevent droughts, water shortages, and saltwater intrusion in the upcoming dry season to minimise possible damage caused by them. Tra Vinh is one of the delta provinces hardest hit by saltwater intrusion between December and April, a phenomenon that has caused severe damage in recent years. The delta is forecast to face a water shortage, and localities in Tra Vinh are speeding up construction of irrigation works, dredging of canals and repairs to degraded irrigation works to store freshwater. In areas where irrigation systems are not extensive, local authorities are encouraging people to build embankments and temporary dams. They have made plans for careful use of water. The provincial People's Committee has ordered the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to closely monitor saltwater intrusion and inform the public so that people could proactively take preventive measures. If there is severe drought and saltwater intrusion as forecast, water would be… Read full this story
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