Seminar discussed the model of “Fragrant rice- clean shrimp” in the Mekong region

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14 February 2022, China: On the afternoon of February 10, in Bac Lieu province, a workshop with the theme: Developing the model of “Fragrant rice- clean shrimp” in the Mekong region was held.

Attending the conference were Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan, Secretary of Bac Lieu Provincial Party Committee Lu Van Hung, comrades in the Standing Committee of Bac Lieu Provincial Party Committee, leaders of People’s Committees of provinces and cities in Vietnam. in the Mekong Delta region, more than 150 representatives of cooperatives, farmers, experts and businesses in the field of agriculture in the Mekong Delta region.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, climate change has been affecting more than 17.3 million farmers, mainly smallholder farmers and the poor in the region. In particular, the Mekong Delta is assessed as one of the world’s four deltas most affected by climate change and sea level rise. Therefore, if the region does not adapt, food security and people’s lives in the region and across the country will be greatly affected…

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the coastal provinces of Ca Mau peninsula have advantages in the production of organic agricultural products thanks to the shrimp-rice, shrimp-forest, rice-fish ecosystems… If there is a good irrigation system, it can increase 100,000 hectares of shrimp-rice rotation and consolidate the existing rice-shrimp area of ​​about 150,000 hectares. Rice products in this region can enter the market segment of specialty rice with the highest price in the world market today.

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However, the development of agricultural production in coastal areas is still facing many challenges that need to be grasped and have effective solutions. Investment in irrigation is key for the coastal provinces of Ca Mau peninsula to respond to climate change and develop sustainable agriculture. Rice varieties for rice-shrimp areas and shrimp varieties for shrimp farming need special attention. Rice varieties suitable for organic farming in the rice-shrimp model need to be paid attention to perfecting the legal system on seed copyright, the 3-level seed production and supply system…

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