Unsustainable human activities, together with emerging climatic extremes, have increased pressure of pollution and degradation on Vietnam’s land, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has said.
The Ministry estimated that fertilisers used in agriculture reached 2.5 to 3 million tonnes a year, 50 to 70 percent of which was discharged into the environment.

Meanwhile, 335 spots with pesticide residues in soils had been identified nationwide but they had not been cleaned up effectively.

Cultivation land was being degraded due to landslides, erosion, desertification and salination. Up to 9.3 million hectares of land, accounting for 28 percent of natural land, are threatened by desertification.

In the northern mountainous provinces and the Central Highland, the total land subject to erosion could equal 150 tonnes per hectare.-VNA