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Tropical deltas and coastal zones: Food production, communities and environment at the land and water interface.

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This book with 33 chapters divided into five parts is a compendium of selected papers from the conference that can be broadly categorized as land and water management, fisheries and aquaculture and rice-based agriculture systems. Intensification of aquaculture and rice-based agriculture frequently produces negative effects that range from environmental degradation to social conflict; managing thes...

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Chapter 16 (Page no: 209)

Strategies for improving and stabilizing rice productivity in the coastal zones of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

Since the early 1990s, Vietnam has witnessed a colossal leap in agricultural production, with an annual increment of 4.3% and an increase in food production of 5.8%. Consequently, Vietnam moved from incidences of chronic hunger to being one of the world's biggest rice exporters, with considerable improvement in farmers' livelihoods. However, most farmers living in coastal salt-affected areas of the Mekong Delta have not benefited sufficiently from these developments, owing to the low productivity of these areas caused by persistent rapid population growth, diminishing agricultural lands due to industrial expansion, land degradation and persisting abiotic stresses such as K and P deficiencies and, in some cases, toxicities to high Al and Fe, besides excessive salts and low pH. Crop yields in these areas are generally low and are decreasing progressively, particularly in saline areas where farmers still use traditional varieties and practices. Potential threats of food shortage are therefore anticipated in the long run. None the less, effective measures are being attempted to mitigate these soil problems and use these soil resources effectively for food production. New salt-tolerant rice varieties adapted to the Mekong Delta region are being developed using both conventional and modern approaches such as anther culture, mutation and marker-assisted breeding. Numerous short-maturing varieties such as Tam xoan-93, Tep Hanh, Mot Bui Do, OM4498, OM5900 and AS996 have been developed that can yield 4-5 t/ha under salt stress of 6.0-9.0 dS/m and are now being outscaled. Crop and nutrient management options for improved varieties are also being developed and new cropping patterns have been tested over the past few years. These involve the development of high-yielding, short-maturing varieties for less saline areas with ample fresh water, non-rice high-value crops such as soybean and groundnut for areas where freshwater resources are relatively scarce during the dry season and rice-aquaculture systems for areas where salinity is high during the dry season, as in some parts of Tra Vinh and Bac Lieu Provinces. Results generated from on-farm trials over the past 3 years in different areas and their initial impact are discussed.

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