Vietnam unveils National Environment Report 2014
Lately, the 2014 National Environment Report released by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said that, farmers use six times more phosphate and potash than recommended in rice farming. According to the Report, the indiscriminate use of fertilisers, untreated livestock waste and wastewater pose a threat to rural areas. The Report also said livestock farming offers high incomes, but discharges more harmful waste. The Report also evaluated the quality of water in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region, which is declining due to wastewater discharged from tra and basa fish farms.
A pig farm in central Thanh Hoa Province's Dinh Long Commune
meets hygiene and environmental requirements. Livestock and aquacultural waste is a threat to rural areas.
Deputy Head of the Viet Nam Environment Administration Hoang Duong Tung said the Ministry had the Report focus on the environment in rural areas because it was an emerging issue. The Report was compiled to show policymakers and experts the threats rural areas faced, Mr. Hoang Duong Tung said. It also focused on how pollution in rural areas affected human health and socio-economic development.
The Ministry suggested the National Assembly and the Government pour more financial support into protecting rural areas from pollution. Solid waste and wastewater treatment needed to be given first priority. But local communities also needed to work to protect their own environment.