Mar 28, 2016

China's dam to help Vietnam's drought, revive arid farming life

Ben Tre
Vietnam
by
Xinhua
A farmer walks on a dried shrimp pond at Thanh Phu District of Ben Tre province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, on May 15, 2013. Photo: Xinhua, VNA
A farmer walks on a dried shrimp pond at Thanh Phu District of Ben Tre province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, on May 15, 2013. Photo: Xinhua, VNA

Rice plants on Chien's paddy fields have failed to flower due to the water shortage caused by the ongoing severe drought and saltwater encroachment, meaning, he has also failed to collect a sufficient amount of grass and rice straw to feed his cattle.

"Our rice paddy plants are dying. One kg of straw costs up to 2,500 Vietnamese dong (more than 0.1 U.S. dollars). Therefore, I cut the rice plants to feed our cows and oxen," Chien, 45, from the southern province of Ben Tre, told Xinhua on Sunday