Development of irrigation systems nationwide is always prioritised in agricultural restructuring, has said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat.

The minister also noted that a total of 28.8 trillion VND (1.35 billion USD) has been funneled to build the networks between 2011 and 2014, equivalent to 79 percent of the total investment in the sector.

The money has been spent on constructing multifunctional irrigation facilities, serving aquatic and industrial production, cultivation and breeding, and providing safe water for residents. Notably, the building of key irrigation infrastructure and dyke systems is always associated to benefits of aquatic farming.

The ministry has also given priority to maintaining and upgrading small-size irrigation facilities, connecting them with hydropower plants in mountainous areas, with the aim of improving the efficiency of managing and using the work.

Between 2016 and 2020, it will continue to invest in expanding the existing networks and building those dedicated to aquaculture production activities in the Mekong Delta as well as irrigating industrial plants in the Central Highlands and southeastern and northern midland regions.

The country has to date built 110 medium-and large-sized irrigation systems, 6,500 reservoirs, 1,000 km of irrigation canals, helping guarantee water supply for agricultural and industrial production activities and residents. Last year, these facilities served 3.52 million hectares of land and 7.26 million hectares under rice cultivation.-VNA