A farmer grows vegetables in a net house in Sóc Trăng Province’s Mỹ Xuyên District. — VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Nhung SÓC TRĂNG — Farmers in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Sóc Trăng have adopted many new farming models to adapt to climate change, which has helped them cope with the severe saltwater intrusion. They include farming shrimp or saline resistant crops in the dry season in their rice fields. In many areas, rice farmers grow only specialty rice or have switched completely to other crops for higher incomes or because they are adapted to saltwater unlike rice. In Mỹ Xuyên District, farmers have adopted the shrimp – rice farming model on an area of 17,500ha, the largest in the province. The model has been adopted in coastal areas for many years. It sees farmers growing rice in the rainy season and breeding shrimp in the dry season on the same fields. Both are clean since the farmers use little pesticide or chemical. The model offers farmers an income of more than VNĐ40 million (US$1,730) per hectare per year, possibly lower than from other farming models but sustainable and with high-quality produce, according to the province Department of Agriculture and… Read full this story
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