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Tay Ninh (VNA) – The People’s Committee of the southwestern province of Tay Ninh has approved an irrigation planning scheme for the 2016-2025 period, with a vision to 2035, with total investment of nearly 3.59 trillion VND (around 158 million USD).

Of the total capital, 715 billion VND (31.4 million USD) comes from the State budget, while 2,874 billion VND (126.6 million USD) is sourced from the local budget, businesses and people.

The province will build eight irrigation canals, nine water pumping stations, 5 dykes, while dredging and upgrading 26 drainage canals and streams. A high-capacity water pumping station will also be constructed in the province’s northern border districts to serve high-tech farming.

Besides, the province is striving to ensure stable water supply from waterworks for about 81,600 hectares of crops, or 39.5 percent of total 206,650 hectares of crops needing water in 2021.

Tay Ninh will also seek water sources for industrial production and people’s daily life with capacity of 244,850 cubic metres per day.

Vo Duc Trong, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the province is currently speeding up the implementation of a plan to restructure the agriculture sector towards enhancing the added value and sustainable growth.

So far, the province has finished planning schemes for 15 regions and five high-tech agriculture zones with a total area of over 9,500 hectares, along with many preferential policies, including those in irrigation construction, to attract investment, he said.

Meanwhile, canals of the Dau Tieng-Phuoc Hoa irrigation work has been upgraded, but has yet to meet the demand of the locality in choosing plants suitable with the markets.

Therefore, the province needs to continue reviewing, restoring and dredging irrigation canals and interior field canals for more economical and effective irrigation in agricultural production, Trong added.-VNA