Chau Cong Bang, deputy director of the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development department, said in the last 10 days the prices of shrimp are falling due to European markets being affected by the pandemic. … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta shrimp prices fall as COVID-19 hits demand
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Particularly, white-leg shrimps sized 100 pcs per kilogram declined to VND65,000-VND70,000 per kilogram, down VND20,000-VND25,000 per kilogram compared to the same period last year and lower than the cost prices by VND10,000-VND15,000 per kilogram; giant tiger shrimps sized 40 pcs per kilogram fell to VND130,000-VND140,000 per kilogram, a fairly low price level. Seafood export enterprises in the Mekong Delta explained that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused many shrimp import markets in the world to slump heavily, thereby export orders have also decreased by an average of 30-50 percent in tandem. Besides, many shrimp-farming households in the Mekong Delta are also facing difficulties as unfavorable weather has made shrimps sick and dead a lot. In Tra Vinh Province, more than 165 hectares of giant tiger shrimps with a total number of 58.4 million juvenile shrimps of 446 households and more than 203 hectares of white-leg shrimps with a total number of 145 million juvenile shrimps of 701 … [Read more...] about Prices of shrimps in Mekong Delta provinces decline heavily
About 95,600 households in Mekong Delta face freshwater shortage because of drought and saline intrusion. First, the saline intrusion which leads to freshwater shortage occur in coastal areas. The soil in this area is sandy which makes it impossible to prevent water from leaking and saltwater from outside from penetrating into the reservoirs. … [Read more...] about Should Mekong Delta have many small reservoirs or a few large ones?
Experts believe that it is necessary to think of measures to lead water to the Mekong Delta through a transmission network to save the area from severe drought and saline intrusion. According to Vu Trong Hong, former Deputy Minister of Irrigation, now MARD, this year’s drought season has not reached its peak, and building more seawater prevention sluices is an expensive but ineffective measure. … [Read more...] about Should water be transferred from east to west to save the Mekong Delta?
Ben Tre (VNA) - Saltwater intrusion has affected many fruit growing areas in the Mekong Delta as local farmers struggle to secure irrigation water for their orchards. The Mekong Delta, the country’s largest fruit producer, is facing severe saltwater intrusion in the ongoing dry season, which has exceeded the record set in the 2015- 2016 dry season. In Cho Lach district, which has the largest fruit growing area in Ben Tre province, saltwater is threatening 20,000ha of fruits and 1,300ha of plant seedlings, flowers and ornamental plants, according to the district’s Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development. Bui Thanh Liem, head of the bureau, said farmers have carried out measures like closing sluices and building temporary dams, using huge plastic bags to store irrigation water for fruit trees. They also have been using barges, boats and vehicles to transport irrigation from other places to the district. However, many fruit trees have been damaged because of saltwater … [Read more...] about Saltwater intrusion affects Mekong Delta’s fruit cultivation