Agriculture

Agricultural management systems and technologies

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

Thailand’s ban on hazardous farming chemicals to remain in place

Despite fears to the contrary among those in favour of it, the ban on paraquat and chlorpyrifos is to remain in place. The Hazardous Substances Committee has confirmed that production, possession, and importing or exporting either substance remains illegal, under legislation introduced on June 1 of this ...

Maya Taylor

Vietnam’s main coconut growing area stressed by salinity

Historic levels of saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta have caused coconuts in Ben Tre Province to shrink by half in size and farmers’ incomes by even more. One afternoon in early August, Tran Trung Tac, owner of a dwarf coconut grove, opens 100 coconuts one ...

Hoang Nam

Mekong Delta farmers lose durian farms to historic drought and salinity

Farmers in the Mekong Delta are chopping down hundreds of hectares of durian trees that were lost to drought and saltwater intrusion. For years Le Van Thoi has earned VND600-800 million ($25,800-34,400) a year from his durian farm in Cai Lay Town in Tien Giang Province. Thanks ...

Hoang Nam

Locust swarm from China ravages northern Vietnam bamboo forests, corn fields

A locust swarm from China has been destroying bamboo forests and corn fields in Dien Bien Province in northern Vietnam since last week. The yellow-spined bamboo locust (Ceracris kiangsu) swarm, which has an estimated 100-400 individuals per square meter, devoured bamboo leaves in 20 ha of ...

Tat Dinh

Vietnam can cut pesticide use significantly without productivity loss: expert

The Vietnam Plant Protection Association (VNPPA) has called for a 30 percent cut to deal with long-standing pesticide overuse in the country. It says cutting pesticide use by 30 percent will not impact agricultural productivity. Truong Quoc Tung, standing deputy chairman of VNPPA, said recently that Vietnam ...

Phuong Lam

FAO sees Mekong as biggest source of global inland fish catch

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has ranked the Mekong Basin as the world’s most important hydrologic region or river basin for freshwater fish catches. In its latest State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report, the FAO said that Mekong Basin accounted ...

AKP

Thai Activists Raise Alarm Over New Proposed Lao Mekong Dam

Thai activists and organizations have raised alarm bells following last month’s announcement that the Mekong River Commission will begin its prior consultation process on the Sanakham hydropower plant, a new Mekong River dam project in northern Laos.   The plant would be the sixth dam in Laos, costing more than $2 billion, and would follow Laos’ Xayaburi Dam, farther upstream, which began operation in November.   The MRC prior consultation ...

Steve Sandford

Farmers given 90 days to hand in chemicals

Manufacturers or importers of hazardous agrochemicals paraquat and chlorpyrifos — which are banned under Thai law — have 270 days to destroy their stock while a 90-day deadline has also been given to farmers to return the chemicals for destruction as their possession is considered ...

APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

Enthusiastic working atmosphere at largest irrigation construction site in Mekong River Delta

The first phase construction of the Cai Lon-Cai Be irrigation system, in the southern Mekong Delta provinces of Kien Giang and Ca Mau, began in November 2019. Despite the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, the project’s progress has been still guaranteed, so over 33% of the ...

VIET TIEN/Translated by NDO

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