Mekong Delta farmers warned climate change to affect livelihood

Vietnam Net Bridge
24 September 2015

If there are no reasonable solutions to adapt to climate change, Mekong River Delta residents will have to scale down their agricultural production in the near future, or go bankrupt because of lack of materials for production.

The warning has been repeatedly given by experts at recent workshops and official conferences.
Nguyen Phuong Lam, deputy director of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (VCCI) Can Tho City Branch, quoted a World Bank report as saying that if the sea water level rises by one meter, the rice field areas in Mekong River Delta would decrease by 2 million hectares in 40-50 years.

“We even will not be able to hatch shrimp, though we think shrimp live in salt water,” he said. “The problem is that the salinity in water cannot be controlled or treated.”

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