Though saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta comes earlier and with higher level of salinity than that recorded in the 2015-16 dry season, the damages to farming areas are expected to be less serious
as authorities and farmers have taken measures to cope with the situation in the 2019-20 dry season. The whole region is getting a good winter-spring crop, with a good price.
This winter-spring crop is the first crop Truong Van Tret applied clean rice cultivation, without using pesticides and reducing chemical fertilizer. This crop yielded six tonnes per ha, higher than previous crops.
It’s worthy to say that local farmers in Ngã Năm town, a low-lying area of the Mekong Delta, which is often heavily affected by the saltwater intrusion, have had a good harvest.
If the 2016 winter-spring crop caused damage to more than 400,000 ha due to drought and saltwater intrusion, the figure of less than 30,000 ha of the crop this year clearly proved the efficiency of taking measures to actively cope with the situation.
The Ministry also urged rice farmers to switch to drought-resistant crops and reduce the winter-spring rice area against normal years. With a number of measures, delta authorities are anticipated to reduce damage because of drought and saltwater intrusion./.VNA