Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)
Hau Giang(VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang needs over 150 billion VND (6.75 million USD) to cope with drought and salt intrusion in 2016.

The money is essential to upgrade the dyke system in order to protect some 41,000 hectares of plants, explained Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Van Dong on January 26.

Additionally, the province needs to seek groundwater resources in Vi Thanh city and Chau Thanh district, as a reserve to assist watering plants in periods of drought.

The provincial People’s Committee asked relevant agencies to map out a plan for the economical use of water, to serve both local daily lives and agricultural production.

The agriculture sector must define areas that are prone to water shortages, to arrange a better distribution of crops, for instance shifting rice cultivation to other more drought-resistant varieties.

Growing plants that quickly mature is suggested as a way to conserve the water supply.

It is also important to dredge canals to increase fresh water reserves and improve the drainage system to mitigate the damage caused by droughts and salt intrusion.-VNA