Localities in the central, Central Highlands and southeast regions have been urged to intensify measures to prevent drought impacts and control saltwater intrusion to ensure adequate water supply for irrigation during the Winter-Spring rice crop.

At the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s conference in Ninh Thuan province on January 27, Deputy Minister Hoang Van Thang suggested relevant agencies design plans to provide water for production and daily use in the event of water shortages.

He also asked locals to consider planting new crops that require less water, intensify the clean-up of canals, ponds and wells, and build dams to prevent seawater encroachment.

The regions facing water shortages should manage the resource strictly, using it sparingly and effectively to avoid losses, and promote the application of advanced technologies in irrigation, he added.

The official requested the General Department of Irrigation, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecast, the Electricity of Vietnam, and local Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development to well operate hydropower reservoirs and irrigational facilities.

On this occasion, the General Department of Irrigation and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development co-organised an exhibit to introduce outstanding irrigation technological products that increase the efficiency of water use and the quality of farm produce while reducing labour and fertiliser costs.-VNA