Mekong Delta farmers restructuring crop cultivation to better respond to climate change

Farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces changed time and crops for cultivation to adapt to the negative impacts of climate changes.

Some moved farms back into hinterlands to easily take fresh water from upstreams. Others shifted to grow fruits that generate higher economic efficiency.

With freshwater available around the year, relatively completed system of irrigation and transportation, Can Tho identified advantages for developing orchards. 

Local authorities have had solutions for a sustainable agricultural economy to adapt to climate change, implementing the Government’s Resolution 120/NQ-CP on sustainable development of the Mekong Delta Region. 

Phong Dien District – one of four suburban districts in the city – has favourable conditions to accelerate the transformation process and promote the economic efficiency of orchards. 

Thanks to its natural geographical advantages and a dense network of canals, the district was planned to become an ecological urban area.

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Authors: Huu Duc - Minh Dam. Translated by Hien Anh.