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Kien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang needs more than 2.3 trillion VND (103 million USD) by 2020 to build irrigation facilities to prevent saline intrusion, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The province will ask the Government for financial support for the construction of 25 anti-salinity drains to adapt to climate change and rising sea levels, said director of the department Nguyen Van Tam.

Poor drainage, stemming from shortages of capital, led to production losses in the locality during 2016’s dry season, he said.

The anti-salinity drains will be built along An Bien-An Minh sea dyke and Chau Thanh-Rach Gia-Kien Luong sea dyke.

In past years, the province has used investment capital to construct sea dykes and irrigation drains to control saltwater levels. Some 46 irrigation facilities have been built in Rach Gia city and Hon Dat and Kien Luong districts.

Drains at the Kien river and Cut canal are also being built, helping control salinity in Long Xuyen Quarangular and neighbouring localities.

Construction of six out of 31 planned drains along An Bien-An Minh sea dyke are also underway to protect the U Minh Thuong area.-VNA