Construction of VND 3 trillion irrigation system in Mekong Delta receives PM approval

Wednesday, 2017-04-19 05:18:41
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A fishing boat on the Cai Lon-Cai Be River.
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NDO – The Prime Minister has approved investment for phase 1 construction of the Cai Lon-Cai Be irrigation system in the southern Mekong Delta provinces of Kien Giang and Ca Mau.

The project aims to control salinity and resolve conflicts between coastal aquaculture and agricultural production areas in Kien Giang, Hau Giang and Bac Lieu provinces in the Cai Lon-Cai Be river basin, while contributing to the stable development of fisheries in Kien Giang coastal areas.

In addition, it also targets to actively respond to climate change and rising sea levels, create fresh water sources for coastal areas to address water shortages in dry season, prevent forest fires, especially during periods of drought, and facilitate stable local socio-economic development.

The first phase of the project includes constructing the Cai Lon and Cai Be sewers, a dike connecting the two culverts with National Highway No. 61, canals running to Cai Lon-Cai Be River, and repairing the Tac Thu drain.

The project has a total investment of over VND 3.3 trillion (over US$145 million) sourced from government bonds for the period 2017-2020 and State budget managed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The ministry will also act as the management agency for the project.

The project is being implemented in Kien Giang and Ca Mau Provinces with a five-year implementation period (from 2017-2021), in which this year targets to complete the investment preparation, design and land clearance work, while in the following years, construction and execution of investment will be commenced according to the approved project tempo.

The PM also noted that there should be continued study and evaluation on the impacts of the project, including assessment on the impact to waterways and the environment in the project areas as well as solutions to mitigate and overcome this situation.

It is also necessary to study the impact of the project on the beneficiary areas, thereby reorganising the region's production to meet the requirements of local socio-economic development and water resource use.

The government leader also urged relevant agencies to formulate orientations for agricultural, forestry and fishery production planning in order to effectively use the system upon its completion.