Farmers in Viet Nam's Mekong Delta fight rising salt levels in sea

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A shrimp farmer from Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta. (IFAD video capture)

Local farmers in Viet Nam are struggling with the effects of climate change like irregular rainfall, hotter temperatures, as well as high salt levels in sea water.

That's according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) which has set up a six year plan to help farmers adapt to these changes.

The Mekong Delta, where these farmers practice aquaculture, is one of the most densely cultivated areas in Asia.

Forty-five hectares of land are being used to harvest shrimp and catfish for local consumption and export.

However, the lack of fresh water is bad for business.

James Heer reports from Ben Tre, in the Mekong Delta, in South Viet Nam.

Duration: 3'52''

 

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