ADB project to modernize irrigation systems, improve agricultural productivity in Viet Nam

27 November 2018

ADB project to modernize irrigation systems, improve agricultural productivity in Viet Nam

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved over $100 million in financing to help the Government of Viet Nam install eight modernized irrigation systems in five drought-affected provinces, which will improve agricultural productivity, especially among farmers growing high-value crops such as coffee, peppers, grapes, dragon fruits, and mangoes.

ADB’s support for the upgraded irrigation systems, which will supply water on-demand through pressurized pipe systems, also covers policy measures to help the provinces of Binh Thuan, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Khanh Hoa, and Ninh Thuan improve irrigation management services, including the operations and maintenance of irrigation infrastructure. It will also support the development of improved groundwater and water productivity assessments, as well as micro-irrigation systems based on the type of crops and farmer demand.

“Modernized irrigation systems maximizing the potential of Viet Nam’s agricultural sector are crucial to the country’s goal of pursuing inclusive and sustainable growth,” said ADB Senior Natural Resources Economist Mr. Sanath Ranawana. “The project’s focus on climate resilience, particularly by providing water on-demand to farmers, will help smallholder farmers increase crop yield and boost their incomes.”

ADB’s assistance is composed of a $100 million concessional loan and a $300,000 grant from the Climate Change Fund, established in May 2008 to facilitate greater investments in ADB’s developing member countries to effectively tackle climate change.

Original source: ADB
Published on 27 November 2018