Agricultural management systems and technologies

Irrigation and water management

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

Mekong basin water levels back to normal long-term averages

The Mekong River Commission(MRC) yesterday said the water levels across the vast majority of lower Mekong basin have now returned to their normal long-term averages. The announcement was made after the MRC last month called member countries and Dialogue Partners to improve the management of the ...

Ben Sokhean

Two Years on, Sesan’s Ethnic Communities Attempt to Restart Their Lives

SREKOR COMMUNE, STUNG TRENG PROVINCE — Fut Kheun has been keeping a close watch on the water levels at the Sesan II reservoir, in the remote Srekor commune of Stung Treng province. The ethnic Kreung villager is living close to the water at the reservoir, two ...

Sun Narin

Joint support to fight drought and saltwater threat

In the Mekong Delta, salt water is often going inland and then mixed with freshwater used for drinking and agriculture. Some areas facing these water shortages are also bracing for potential drought as the summer approaches. As a result, water shortages are rampant in the ...

Upgrading aging irrigation system will be a win for farmers and govt

Myanmar’s food future hinges on ensuring access to water, especially in times of worsening drought. This is especially true in the central dry zone – the country’s most water-stressed region.  Rainfall is often highly erratic, and many areas have been seeing less and less in recent years. ...

Petra Schmitter

Harnessing Salween River: Settlement through confrontation or cooperation?

Myitsone Dam project is well known for its controversial impact on Myanmar’s political landscape, as it involves on and off pressure from China to restart the project in line with the signed contract as soon as possible. But what is less prominent is the controversy over ...

Sai Wansai

Mekong Delta provinces take steps to control saltwater intrusion

Authorities in provinces in the Mekong Delta and Can Tho city are dredging irrigation works and storing fresh water to cope with saltwater intrusion during the dry season. Saltwater intrusion is expected to be more severe this year because of low flooding levels and lower than usual rainfall during the ...

Flood Warning as China Opens Floodgates on Mekong River Dams

Villagers living near the Mekong River in Chiang Rai Thailand and Laos are finding it difficult to cope with sudden releases of water from dams upstream in China. More than 200 families living in Laos’ Bokeo province have suffered because of sudden increases in the height ...

Debt and misery stalk the delta’s salt farms

Life’s hard for the salt farming communities in the far south of Ayeyarwady Region, where services are basic, food is scarce and debt is never-ending. It’s a 90-minute motorbike journey south from the Ayeyarwady delta town of Labutta before you get the first glimpses of the ...

Kyaw Lin Htoon

Mekong Delta prepares for summer-autumn rice crop

Authorities in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta have warned farmers to sow the Summer-Autumn rice crop on schedule to ensure water for irrigation and avoid diseases. In areas where there is a water shortage, rice farmers have been encouraged to switch to grow drought-resistant crops. With assistance ...

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