Saltwater intrusion threatens to wipe durian, rambutan off Vietnam's Mekong Delta

June 08, 2024 | VnExpress |

Rising saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta threatens crops like durian and rambutan, with increasing salinity impacting their growth and productivity. Durian and rambutan are highly sensitive to salinity, and recent saltwater intrusion events have significantly affected their yields. Experts emphasize the need for adaptive solutions, including shifting to more salt-tolerant crops and integrating aquaculture, such as white-leg shrimp and tilapia, into farming practices. The government should support farmers with technical and financial aid, incentivize businesses in processing agricultural products, and implement measures to manage freshwater retention and prevent seawater intrusion. The Mekong Delta's agricultural sector faces substantial annual damages due to salt intrusion.

Read more