Salinity intrusion threatens quarter of Mekong Delta orchards

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has warned that nearly a quarter of Mekong Delta orchard area could suffer from saltwater intrusion.

The ministry stated Thursday at a conference around 80,550 ha or 23.2 percent of Mekong Delta orchards for the 2020-2021 harvest season would be impacted.

The Mekong Delta is the biggest fruit-producing region in the country. Its orchard area spans 362,000 hectares, accounting for 34 percent of Vietnam’s total orchards and for 58 percent of the southern region’s. However, it was the region impacted the most by salinity intrusion over recent years.

During the 2019-2020 harvest season, salinity affected roughly 25,120 ha of orchards, impacting durian, coconut, pomelo, lime, and rambutan farmers, officials said at the conference hosted in the delta’s Tien Giang Province.

This year, saltwater intruded 50-110 km into major rivers across the delta, even deeper than in 2016.

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Dang Khoa