Over the past few years, irrigation works in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan have made great contributions to agricultural and living activities. However, due to drought conditions the lack of water has contributed to considerable hardship in the affected communities. In the context of climate change it is highly likely that the frequency of hot dry conditions will continue becoming worse. This means that the improvements are continually required to ensure that irrigation systems are managed well and that precious water is used as effectively as possible.
With a view to supporting Ninh Thuan to improve its capacity in managing and operating the irrigation system in the province, a consultancy package contract on “Strengthening capacity in management and operation of irrigation systems” (PIM 4.4) is to be conducted by a joint venture between the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources and New Day Vietnam Joint Stock Company. This activity is part of the Belgian supported project on Integrated Water Resources Management and Urban Development in relation to Climate Change in Ninh Thuan Province.
The objective is to support the development of a modern management mechanism for the province’s Irrigation Works Exploitation One-member Co. Ltd., and also on organising training courses for those who are in charge of operating irrigation works in localities.
In late January 2018, experts from the consulting team conducted surveys in the province in order to review current conditions and issues with regard to local level practices and concerns for managing irrigation works. Information was collected from a variety of sources to prepare an inception report on the status of the current situation.
In discussions with the province’s Irrigation Department, the Irrigation Works Exploitation One-member Co. Ltd., and the people’s committees of Ninh Phuoc district and Phuoc Hau commune, the consultants sought to reach agreement on how best to support the water user groups. Accordingly all stakeholders will focus on the problem of human resources, and operational mechanisms of the groups, so that all irrigation works can be used in the most effective manner. The stakeholders have also exchanged ideas about a plan to set up an inter-locality water-using union.
In addition, the experts will also co-operate with one another to support the Phuoc Hau commune’s People’s Committee and other stakeholders to develop large-scale rice fields, with the application of modern solutions to effectively manage and use water, and also to increase agricultural mechanisation.
These activities are expected to be completed in late 2018, thereby assisting Ninh Thuan province in effectively responding to climate change and conducting integrated management of water resources through the improvement of capacity in managing and operating irrigation works.