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Vietnam to Build Saline Water Intrusion Control Facilities

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently signed a loan agreement with the Government of Vietnam in Hanoi to provide Japanese ODA loans of up to 24.257 billion yen for Ben Tre Water Management Project.

The project will provide saline water intrusion control facilities in Ben Tre province where saline water intrusion is damaging crops. This will improve agricultural productivity by providing agricultural water with low salinity, thereby contributing to adaptation to climate change, production protection and development, and improvement in local resident livelihoods through rural and regional development.

The Mekong Delta is a prominent food production area of Vietnam, producing more than half of the country’s food. Of this area, Ben Tre province flourishes in particular with rice production, and the growing of coconuts and citrus fruits such as orange and lemon. The agricultural sector drives the economy of the province, and the ratio of the agricultural sector to the gross domestic product (44 percent) greatly exceeds that of the average of the country (18 percent).
However, due to the reverse flow of saltwater into Mekong River tributaries caused by climate change and other factors in recent years, crops with little salt resistance are suffering severely, reducing yields and fruit size.

Damage caused by saline water intrusion in 2015 was estimated to have been approximately VND1.5 trillion (approximately 7 billion yen).
The project is expected to be completed and put into use in October 2022.


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