Post-Formosa, coastal residents switch to inland farming

Fish processing is gradually being revived in Gio Linh District, Quang Tri province. (Source: VNA) Quang Tri (VNA/VNS) – Nearly two years after the 2016 Formosa toxicspill, fishermen in the coastal province of Quang Tri are slowly returning tothe sea or finding alternative livelihoods.Having spent all his life on the water, NguyenTrung, a middle-aged fisherman of Hai Khe commune in Hai Lang district, hadnever thought that the only life he knew would be taken away.  The en masse fish deaths caused by theFormosa steel plant in April 2016 upended his family’s life overnight. From areasonably well-off family in the area, they struggled to make ends meet in thefollowing ten months. Fortunately, by the end of 2016, throughthe district Farmer’s Union and Women Union, Trung was able to get apreferential loan of 60 million VND (2,640 USD) from the Quang Tri ProvinceBank for Social Policies (BSP) to repair his boat, buy new fishing tools andstart over again. “Offshore fishing has picked up somepositive signs recently. The industry is gradually recovering although thecatch and seafood prices are not as good as they were before the tragedy. “Each fishing trip, we can earn between 500,000VND to one million (22 – 44 USD). In the gloomiest period, thanks to the BSP,we got the motivation to pick ourselves up,” he told Viet Nam News.The BSP’s preferential loans for coastalresidents have helped many people.Pham Thi Xanh of Trung Giang commune, GioLinh district, borrowed 40 million VND (1,760 USD) to switch from extensiveshrimp farming to poultry breeding,…

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