Conference Introduction

- The Mekong River provides its huge amount of water for at least 60 million people in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
- Agricultural production is one of primary livelihoods of people in the Lower Mekong River Basin.

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Farmer harvests rice, vegetables, fruits, fishes and other human foods
- Under the threats of hydropower development, urban and industrial expansion, climate change, uncontrolled water exploitation and diversion, over fishing and illegal wastewater release to water bodies
- The water utilities in agriculture sector seem arbitrary and unsystematic. Increases in the quantity, frequency and duration of water withdrawals in the upstream will lead the more serious of the drought and saline intrusion situations in the downstream
- Saving water by appropriate irrigation methods could bring the following advantages:

  • Increasing yield
  • Low input cost
  • Limiting disease
  • Minimizing sea water intrusion