A year with historical drought

Looking back over the past year, we cannot help but be surprised when the agricultural sector successfully overcame the most saltwater intrusion and drought event in history in the Mekong Delta with a group of solutions. This result was seriously evaluated at the conference on implementing the saltwater intrusion and drought prevention and control in the 2020-2021 dry season taking place on 23 September, 2020 in Tien Giang under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

At this conference, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong shared: saltwater intrusion and drought in the Mekong Delta in 2019-2020 is the most severe disaster event in history, but the level of damage has decreased significantly. We have gathered valuable lessons for the coming time. Specifically, we had identified challenges of this season from very early time.

Therefore, right from September 2019, the Prime Minister had held a conference to the leaders of the Mekong Delta provinces to discuss groups of solutions to reduce the damage when disaster occurs.

What is that group of solutions? First of all, the prediction of saltwater intrusion and drought period is well and early assessed, localities in the Mekong Delta region arrange a seasonal calendar and production structure suitable to the state of water resources in each sub-region, along with close directions and administration from the Government, ministries, authorities.

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