The Mekong Delta should become a model in adapting to climate change: Minister | Business

An aerial view of Cape Ca Mau in the Mekong Delta Ca Mau province, also located in the far south of Vietnam (Photo: VNA)

Bac Lieu (VNA) – The Mekong Delta, the largest agricultural hub in Vietnam, should be confident to overcome the difficulties and become a model in climate change adaptation in the world, said the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development The Minh Hoan.

Agriculture will remain a mainstay of the economy in the years to come, so it must develop in a new direction that moves from separate development within each locality to inter-locality and inter-regional connectivity to stimulate common development. , he said during a meeting with agriculture officials from the 13 localities of the Mekong Delta in Bac Lieu province on February 9.

Hoan said the local agricultural sector should embrace the production models that generate high economic values ​​and enrich farmers.

Outlining tasks for 2022, the minister asked localities to boost ecological agriculture to meet global consumer demand, noting that agriculture should not be developed at the expense of the environment or people’s health.

Mekong delta should become a model for climate change adaptation: minister hinh anh 2Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan (standing) speaks during the meeting in Bac Lieu province on February 9 (Photo: VNA)

They must remain dynamic, flexible and adapt to the new normal context while effectively developing the rural economy, creating jobs and increasing the incomes of the inhabitants, which can be done by creating cooperatives and improving their operations, he recommended.

Local agriculture officials said since the government issued a resolution on the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta in climate change adaptation in November 2017, localities have made efforts to overcome difficulties and challenges. and implement agricultural promotion solutions, thus achieving fruitful results.

International organizations and development partners have also highly appreciated and actively helped the region to develop agriculture, they noted.

They also highlighted some issues such as imbalance of food security, environmental pollution, land subsidence, depletion of groundwater and water of the Mekong upstream, erosion of riverbanks and of the coasts, as well as the problems of human resources and infrastructures, calling for the support of the ministry to solve these problems in the times to come./.

Rebecca R. Santistevan