Updated at 14:01:40 05/25/2020 (Views: 231)

MARD’s delegation makes surveys on drought situation in Binh Thuan

BTO- Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Nguyen Hoang Hiep on May 24 led a working delegation to make fact-finding trips in a number of irrigation works and drought-affected areas in the northern districts of Binh Thuan province.

The delegation visited reservoirs of Da Bac, Long Song, and reservoirs in the Luy and Quao rivers in Bac Binh and Truy Phong district, where agricultural production has been suffered due to prolonged drought.

At visiting places, deputy Minister Nguyen Hoang Hiep expressed his sympathy with local people who are struggling with social and economic impacts of drought in the recent months. He emphasized that, the sweltering heat is likely to sweep across the South Central region in general and in Binh Thuan province in particular. The ongoing heat wave is predicted to be higher its peak recorded in 2016, resulting in fiercely drought, lack of water for production and daily activities.

Binh Thuan province has taken proactive measures to cope with drought, ensuring sufficient water sources to meet the minimum demand of water for agricultural production. Up to now, water supplies in the province have basically provided water for daily lives of local residents. However, over 10,000 ha of crops have been suspended due to lack of irrigation water.  Currently, many in reservoirs have faced water exhausted. Mr. Hiep asked all hydropower plants and reservoirs in the region to intensify water discharge until June 30 in order to to ease the adverse impacts of drought for people. For long-term solutions, to ensure water sources in Binh Thuan, especially in the northern areas, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will work with the provincial authorities to seek for water canals linking the Luy river’s reservoir with Tuy Phong district. The southern districts need to create water canals to get water from Ka Pet reservoir and provide for drought-hit areas. Particularly, crop restructuring should be rapidly carried out to adapt to weather conditions.

As planned, the delegation had a working session with the provincial People’s Committee on may 25 to discuss further about the drought situation.

Translated by Phuong Lan (Source: Binh Thuan Online)