New concreted irrigation canal allow local people sleep well

Water is vital for rice cultivation. In mountainous areas farmers often don’t have enough water for their crops due to lack of rainfall and poor irrigation systems.  

 “There was a time when everyone in our commune stayed awake days and nights to wait for water running down from mountains. When the water came, I had to dig series of holes in the canal to get water into our rice paddy then plug it with mud to distribute the water. There were always a lack of water and it sometimes led to conflict among village households.” – said Nong Van Tuan, a farmer in Tu Do, Cao Bang.

Positive changes have come to 72 households in three villages including Ban Moi, Tha Phu and Ban Phang in Tu Do commune. In 2014 a new cement irrigation canal supported by ChildFund Vietnam has replaced the old earthen canal. The current canal system not only effectively minimizes soil erosion but also conserves and controls water use, irrigating 15 hectares of agricultural land in the villages. Now the local people have a better irrigation system for the next crop season. In the future, the canal system will be maintained by the commune farmers’ group to ensure its sustainability.

“Now, we can enjoy our sleep without any worries related to water supply for our crops. We will not argue anymore! Every field has enough water!” – Tuan smiled.

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