VIETNAM / SMART FARMING
Every 15 minutes, a water sample is taken and on the database of sensors, the data is transferred to the operation center and analyzed indicators such as salinity, alkalinity, PH and tidal water level to notify people through the Rynan Mekong application system.
In the past, if our parents or we wanted to know if the water was salty or not, we had to taste it like this to decide whether to get water into the field or not. But nowadays, we can stay at home and still be able to collect water information” SOUNDBITE (Vietnamese) Nguyen Thi Lun, Deputy Director, Bureau for Plan Protection, Tra Vinh Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: “This monitoring equipment to measure salinity helps people reduce the riskiest possibility of saline intrusion into the field, helping to protect farmers' productivity. “ The saline early warning system has had some dramatic results, with a damage from salinity lowering to a tenth of the damage compared to the last time the fields were affected by salty water. IFAD’s new climate adaptation programme ASAP + aims to raise USD 500 million to help at least 10 million farmers like these to have the tools they need to adapt to climate change so that they can stay on their land and continue to earn a living growing the food for their communities.
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