Drought hits the Mekong Delta region (Photo:VNA)

Vinh Long (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long has suggested Israel cooperate in developing long-term programmes on tackling climate change and helping technology transfer for regional drought and salinity prevention projects in the region.

Nguyen Van Liem, Deputy Director of the provincial Agricultural and Rural Development Department, made the suggestion at a workshop on Israel’s solutions to agro-fishery enterprises in the Mekong Delta amidst drought and saltwater intrusion, held in Vinh Long city, the same name province, on June 9.

Israel was asked to help the Mekong Delta and Vinh Long, in particular, develop fresh water tanks, sea water treatment systems, production technologies adaptable to drought and saltwater intrusion, design drip water systems, and build sea water prevention dykes.

Israel’s Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences and companies introduced their water treatment models and projects, a green-house system, water treatment systems for aquaculture and watering equipment.

According to the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research (SIWRR), 185,500 hectares of paddy, and nearly 650,000 households in the region have been seriously affected by the prolonged drought and saline intrusion during the 2015-2016 dry season.

The workshop, held by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Can Tho chapter, drew nearly 100 delegates from the agro-fishery processing and exporting companies, water and environmental treatment enterprises, and business associations and trade promotion centres in the region.-VNA