Mega irrigation system to help Mekong Delta tackle drought, salinity

One of the two parts of a mega irrigation system in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta will start operation next month in Kien Giang Province. Construction of the system worth VND3.3 trillion ($142.17 million) started in November 2019, with two parts on the Cai Lon and Cai ...

Cuu Long

Making palm oil more sustainable

Palm oil has long been a major economic backbone of Southeast Asian economies, notably Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. But the undeniable environmental impact of extensive deforestation, haze and forest fires caused by oil palm plantations has given the industry a bad reputation that has been ...

APIRADEE TREERUTKUARKUL

Mekong Delta promotes digital transformation in agriculture

A workshop on digital transformation and supply chain in agriculture took place in Cao Lanh city in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on December 21 on the sidelines of the 2020 Mekong Connect Forum. The event was intended to seek ways to help products and services made in ...

VNA

Analysis: How Vietnam came to embrace a new vision of the Mekong Delta’s future

On any list of places menaced by climate change, Vietnam’s broad and fertile Mekong Delta ranks near the top. And yet, as I wrote for Mongabay four years ago, rising seas and changing weather patterns are not the only threats to the delta’s fabled fecundity. A spasm of ...

David Brown

Making Myanmar’s Markets Work for Safe Farmers

It was a Saturday morning and several people have started to gather around small stalls lined up along Nat Mauk Street near Yangon’s Kandawgyi Lake. There is nothing unusual seeing a weekend market packed with shoppers, some of them fresh from their early morning walk, ...

DWIGHT JASON RONAN

Laos, partners launch agriculture innovation systems

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the EU Delegation and the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) last week launched a new project to boost food security and nutrition. The project on Developing Capacities in Agriculture Innovation Systems of Scaling up ...

Times Reporters

Salty rivers, failed durian trees and waves consuming the shore: Climate change realities hit Gulf of Thailand

When devastating floods ruined Sumroeng Sunthonsaeng’s fruit orchards in 2011, he vowed to stay on the land. He changed the direction of his business, focusing on lucrative and prized durians, long famous in the Nonthaburi area, a neighbouring province of Bangkok. Last year, he was eyeing a ...

Jack Board

Rice agenda needs unity

The Thai Rice Exporters Association recently revised its estimation of Thai rice exports this year to five million tonnes, the lowest in 20 years, from a previous projection of 6.5 million tonnes. In contrast, India’s Rice Exporters Association estimates the country’s rice exports will jump by ...

OPED

Is IoT the solution to Asia’s aquaculture problems?

Rising populations mean a growing demand for food, and that’s putting more and more pressure on the agriculture sector tasked with providing it. Faced with a crisis, like many other industries, it’s turning to technology as a source of innovation. IoT sensors and systems have been utilized to ...

Joe Devanesan

Cambodian farmers to get crop protection insurance cover, thanks to Global Parametrics

Parametric and index-based disaster risk transfer company, Global Parametrics (GP), has announced its support for the AGRIBEE Crop Insurance Pilot to provide extreme weather protection cover for smallholder rice farmers in Cambodia. GP is providing cover for the transaction from its Natural Disaster Fund (NDF). Through ...

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