Irrigation, drought, sea level rise and more are causing salt to build up in soils around the world. What can we do?  

The water tastes salty and the rice barely grows in the coastal villages of the Ca Mau peninsula at the southern tip of Vietnam’s Mekong River delta. Thi Tran, a young woman who farms 2 acres (0.8 hectares) of rice and vegetables while her husband works ...

John Vidal

Myanmar can raise value, volume of agriculture exports by going organic

Myanmar has potential to develop an organic market that will help to boost the value of local crops produced for export purposes and farmers’ standards of living. In fact, farmers in Myanmar already use less chemical fertilisers and pesticides compared to their neighbours, yet many are ...

The most neglected threat to public health in China is toxic soil

Tang Donghua, a wiry 47-year-old farmer wearing a Greenpeace T-shirt, smokes a cigarette and gesticulates towards his paddy fields in the hills of southern Hunan province. The leaves of his rice plants poke about a foot above water. Mr Tang says he expects to harvest ...

Đà Nẵng to up use of organic fertiliser

The central city of Đà Nẵng plans to increase the use of liquid fertiliser made from organic waste in its farms and public gardens, a local official said.​ Speaking at a review of a three-year (2015-2017) project on recycling organic waste last week, Nguyễn Phú ...

New agriculture centre to improve crop production

An agricultural service centre, which began construction in Huaphan province on February 18, aimed to enhance the quantity and the quality of crops and animals produced in the province for export to Vietnam. The agricultural service centre is the largest agricultural cooperation project between Vietnam ...

Heavy push for rice megafarms

The government is committed to ramping up the rice megafarm scheme this year, for which it provides soft loans, machinery and agricultural equipment to farmers in order to cut production costs and raise productivity. The scheme will cover 1.05 million rai of related farmland. Chutima ...

Waste management capacity on the rise

The country’s capacity for industrial and toxic waste management will rise to 37.6 million tonnes this year, up from 25.8 million last year, as more treatment factories begin operatations, the Industry Ministry’s Department of Industrial Works predicts. The government’s plan to set up industrial waste management ...

Central Highlands up efforts to prevent soil degradation

The degradation of soil in the Central Highlands has increased, impacting production and ethnic minority groups, according to Nguyen Dinh Ky, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Geography Association. According to Ky, degraded soil is mainly caused by deforestation, the loss of natural plant layers, the farming ...

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