Bac Lieu’s aquatic exports soar in six months

The southern province of Bac Lieu earned more than 209 million USD from its export of aquatic products in the first half of this year, up 64 percent year-on-year, and equivalent to over 59 percent of the year's plan. Frozen shrimp topped the list with 20,770 tonnes, 41 percent higher than that in the same period last year. As many as 30 exporters of the product fulfilled their expected volume and made great profits. Competent agencies of the province spared no efforts to provide local firms with information on changes in domestic and foreign markets, which helps them make timely adjustments of their production and business activities. … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu seafood exports surge to $115 million

BAC LIEU (VNS) — The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Bac Lieu exported 14,800 tonnes of aquatic products in the first four months this year and earned US$115 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 42 per cent. In April alone, the locality shipped abroad 4,690 tonnes of frozen shrimp, with a revenue of $38 million. The result was attributed to the efforts of the enterprises in improving their processing and manufacturing process to improve the quality of products and reduce the production cost. … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu’s four-month aquatic export surges 42 percent

The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu exported 14,800 tonnes of aquatic products in the first four months of this year and earned 115 million USD, representing a year-on-year increase of 42 percent. In April alone, the locality shipped abroad 4,690 tonnes of frozen shrimp, raking in 38 million USD. The result was attributed to enterprises' efforts in improving their processing and manufacturing process to better the quality of product and reduce the production cost. Bac Lieu's aquatic products maintain their firm foothold in international markets, satisfying importers' regulations on food security and technical requirements. … [Read more...]

National festival seeks to preserve and uphold Don Ca Tai Tu

'Don Ca Tai Tu' is an indispensable part of the cultural heritage of Vietnam's southerners

Nhan Dan - 'Don Ca Tai Tu', the traditional musical art form of the south recently recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humankind, is to be honoured at a national festival scheduled in Bac Lieu province from April 24-29. >>> Don Ca Tai Tu receives UNESCO certificate >>> Preserving the true spirit of Don Ca Tai Tu The event promises festive days for local residents and Southerners in general. On the occasion, Party Central Committee member Vo Van Dung, who also serves as Secretary of the Bac Lieu provincial Party's Committee and Chairman of the provincial People's Council, granted Nhan Dan (People) newspaper an interview to discuss the locality's preparations for the festival as well as the local authority's plans to preserve the unique art form. Can you tell us about the main features of Don Ca Tai Tu and the reasons why Bac Lieu is considered its birthplace? Secretary Vo Van Dung: UNESCO's recognition of Don Ca Tai Tu comes as heartening news for the … [Read more...]

World intangible music genre sets Viet Nam’s records

Dan kim (moon-shaped lute), a Bac Lieu's cultural symbol, has set a new record of Viet Nam. — Photo Trung Thao

BAC LIEU (VNS) — Viet Nam Book of Records has recognised a giant artificial musical instrument and a cultural theatre in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Bac Lieu as the country's latest records. The largest and stylised kim (moon-shaped lute), the province's cultural symbol, receives the honour along with the Cao Van Lau Theatre and Culture and Art Exhibition Centre constructed in the shape of three conical hats. These two newly inaugurated projects were constructed for the first festival of don ca tai tu (amateur music and songs in the South) to be held on April 24 - 29. The theatre and exhibition centre, with a total area of over 2,250 sq. metres, is divided into three blocks - round cylinders with a conical hat-like roof made of colourful composite planks. The largest hat is 24.21 metres in height and 45.15 metres in diameter. Meanwhile, the dan kim, located in the Hung Vuong Square in Bac Lieu City, is made of steel rods and concrete and has a height of 18.6 metres. … [Read more...]

Price instability threatens Vietnam’s salt harvesters


Bac Lieu, often called the salt capital of Vietnam, contains 2,368 hectares of salt fields. Twenty years ago, a single kilogram of salt sold for the same amount as 10 kilograms of rice. Today, the opposite is true. A kilogram of salt fetches VND700-1,000 (3-4.7 U.S. cents); 10 kilograms are worth even less than a single kilogram of rice. The delta's salt harvesters must sell 50 kilograms of salt in order to buy a bowl of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) in Hanoi. Early this year, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam awarded Bac Lieu the brand protection of geographical indications (GIs) for its salt. But the move has yet to have any sway over the price of Bac Lieu's salt. As the rainy season has approached, the salt season came to an end. This year, Bac Lieu salt farmers said they had not harvested much. Like us on Facebook and scroll down to share your comment Thanh Nien News More : Vietnam, Bac Lieu, salt, farmers, fields … [Read more...]

Central region food festival


A food festival opened in the ancient capital city of Hue on June 28, introducing specialties of Vietnam, with the presence of officials from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and 11 provinces. This is part of the program of the National Tourism Year in the central coastal region in 2012, hosted by Thua Thien - Hue province. The most special cuisines of Hue, Quang Tri, Danang, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An in the central region, Thai Binh, Thai Nguyen, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hai Phong in the north and HCM City in the south are offered at the festival. Visitors can also taste cuisines of the Nguyen royal family on boats. The festival will close on July 1. Thousand visitors come to the festival in the opening day. A cuisine in the dragon shape of Huong Giang Hue Hotel & Resort Phoenix from Gerbera Hotel, Hue city. Banh khoai and nem lui (Hue's specialties). Specialties from Ben Ben province. Cuisines made from eel of Nghe An. The stall of Thanh Hoa province. Products … [Read more...]

Bank official buys fake money, then gives himself up to police


A senior official of a bank in the southern province of Bac Lieu has given himself up to police after buying fake bank notes 'worth' US$23,900 and then, for fear of detection, throwing some of them away. A fake bank note (upper) and a real one (for illustration only) Police arrest group with fake money Police bust fake ATM card ring Le Anh Duy, 33, director of a branch of Kien Long Commercial Joint Stock Bank in Hong Dan District, turned himself in to authorities on June 20, local police reported. Based on Duy's confession, the police later arrested his accomplice, Phan Van Hieu, 33, a resident of Hoa Binh District. Duy told police that in December 2011, he gave VND245 million ($11,700) to Ta Ngoc Thuong, one of his relatives, and asked Thuong to go to Ho Chi Minh City to buy fake bank notes 'worth' VND500 million from a man only identified as Trong. The purchase was made at a rate of VND490,000 in real money for VND1 million in fake bills. After the purchase, Duy asked … [Read more...]



Former maritime chief wanted internationally Interpol's secretariat general has issued an internationally wanted notice for Duong Chi Dung, former head of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, who fled on the country on May 17 after his serious economic offenses were uncovered. Duong Chi Dung. (Photo: Tuoi Tre) Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security had earlier issued a special wanted notice for Dung, 55, who had fled before an arrest warrant for him could be prepared. Dung, a native of Hai Duong Province, has been charged with "intentionally acting against the State's economic management regulations and causing serious consequences" for his wrongdoings committed during the time he was chairman of the infamous state giant Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines). If found guilty, Dung may face a sentence of up to life imprisonment. On September 7, 2011 the Government's Inspectorate issued a decision to inspect Vinalines after the group, for the first time, announced its loss … [Read more...]

Bank official buys fake money, turns self in to police


An official of a bank in southern Bac Lieu Province has given himself up to police after buying fake bank notes "worth" US$23,900 and then, for fear of detection, throwing some of them away. Le Anh Duy, 33, director of a branch of Kien Long Commercial Joint Stock Bank in Hong Dan District, turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday, local police reported. Based on Duy's confession, the police later arrested his accomplice, Phan Van Hieu, 33, a resident of Hoa Binh District. Duy told police that in December 2011, he gave VND245 million ($11,700) to Ta Ngoc Thuong, one of his relatives, and asked Thuong to go to Ho Chi Minh City to buy fake bank notes "worth" VND500 million from a man only identified as Trong. The purchase was made at a rate of VND490,000 in real money for VND1 million in fake bills. After the purchase, Duy asked Thuong to hand all the fake money to Hieu to keep while they waited for chances to use them to gain illegitimate profit. However, Duy later … [Read more...]

Age-gap lovers commit suicide in motel

A married woman of 27 years old and a high-school boy were detected to have committed suicide in the room of a motel in the southern province of Bac Lieu on April 30. The boy, 19, died. The women was transported to the Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City for treatment on May 1, reported Bac Lieu's police agency. At 6pm of April 30, Ms. Nguyen Le Ha, manager of a motel in Bac Lieu city, went to a local police station to report about a couple who hired a room in the morning of April 29, but they had not left the room since then. The motel's staff had doubt and knocked at the door but they did not answer. Local police broke the door and detected that the young man was dead while the woman had fainted. There were many boxes of sleeping pills around them. The dead victim has been identified as a 12th grade student of a high school in Bac Lieu. The woman's husband told police that they have two children. Two months ago, he discovered his wife's love affair with the high-school boy. On … [Read more...]

Creating Feature Tourism Products

Famous as a well-off land with temperate rain and sun, Bac Lieu has wide potential for tourism. Bac Lieu will do its best to complete the infrastructure to create preferential conditions for tourism development. Great potential

Bac Lieu is the venue of three cultures; Vietnamese (Kinh), Chinese, and Khmer, which form the unique characteristics of the people here. In communication, Bac Lieu people are very hospitable, enthusiastic and kind. They are hard-working and generous. Bac Lieu people love the art, especially traditional tunes. Bac Lieu is the home town of "Da co hoai lang" by late composer Cao Van Lau and one of the cradles of Southern folk music. Annually there are many festivals, such as "Quan Am Nam Hai", "Nghinh Ong Ganh Hao", "Da co hoai lang", and "Oc Om Bok" festivals, attracting a large number of tourists to Bac Lieu. Beside the tourism potential of its watery landscape, another special feature in Bac Lieu's eco-tourism is natural bird parks. The one in Bac Lieu City, just 4 kilometres from the centre, has about 40 bird species. Bac Lieu's longan garden, with hundreds of trees, stretches along the coast for over 10 kilometres. Coming here, tourists can enjoy specialties and listen to southern … [Read more...]

Tourism Attractions in Bac Lieu Southern Province

When visiting Bac Lieu province in the south of Vietnam, many visitors have the same opinion that the attraction of this well-off land is its tourist sites which went to the legend.

Uncle Ho Temple Uncle Ho Temple in Chau Thoi Commune, Vinh Loi District has been listed as a national historic relic. After President Ho Chi Minh passed way, to show the respect and regret for him, Vinh Loi District built the temple at Ba Chang A Village - Chau Thoi Commune. The 6,000 sq.m temple was built on the bank of the Ba Chang River. Behind the temple there is a gallery of more than 300 documents, objects and images under the two main themes: the life of President Ho Chi Minh with many rich contents; and the militia of Chau Thoi Commune fingting to protect Uncle Ho Temple. Woeful and majestic Noc Nang Field Noc Nang Field is located in Phong Thanh Commune, Gia Rai District, Bac Lieu Provice. It is listed as a historic relic. It is the place where the farmer heroically fought to protect their farms from the plunder by despotic landowners. Although the fighting of farmers in Noc Nang was unprompted, the fighting showed undaunted and proud characteristics of peasantry in the … [Read more...]

Social News 18/7

Nearly 100 footwear workers hospitalised for food poisoning Nearly 100 workers of a footwear company in HCM City's Thu Duc District were rushed to hospitals on Wednesday evening allegedly for food poisoning. The workers reportedly suffered from stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhoea after having dinner before the late shift. Nguyen Thanh Binh, a doctor at the Emergency Department of Thu Duc District Hospital said that the workers displayed symptoms of food poisoning. Forty workers received intravenous fluids. The district's preventive medicine centre and relevant agencies took food samples from the company's canteen for testing. This food poisoning case occurred just a day before a conference in northern Thai Nguyen Province on food safety at collective canteens organised by the health ministry. Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long told the conference that more than 1,000 workers have been hospitalised for food poisoning after having meals at collective canteens in industrial … [Read more...]

Seawater encroaches on farm land in Soc Trang

Sea water has been progressively intruding into rice fields in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, severely impacting hundreds of hectares of rice and vegetable crops. Latest salinity statistics show that saltwater has penetrated up to 10 kilometres into Nga Nam town with salinity concentrations as high as 9.4 parts per thousand (ppt) in the town’s centre (2 ppt is the limit of acceptable concentrations). Seawater encroachment has reportedly affected several communes in My Tu district, posing a threat to agricultural production there, especially the autumn-winter rice crops. The phenomenon is unusual, as the rainy season began two months ago. It is attributed to water irrigation schedule in neighbouring Bac Lieu province and sea level rises. Nga Nam authorities update locals on salinity daily to inform measures to reduce losses during production. They have also asked upper-level authorities to work with Bac Lieu to schedule appropriate water irrigation in order to … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu enjoys growth in seafood exports

The southern province of Bac Lieu posted a 4 percent growth in seafood export value in the first six months of this year to earn 212 million USD despite a 2 percent drop in export volume to 18,749 tonnes. The results are attributable to local seafood processing enterprises’ efforts to improve product quality through strict control of input materials and processing. Many enterprises have invested in upgrading machinery and technology, thus enhancing their products’ added value and subsequently selling prices. The province has also successfully engaged processors in a production chain, facilitating the tracking of origin of products. In addition, provincial agencies have kept local enterprises regularly updated on export markets to help them adjust production and business plans accordingly. Bac Lieu’s success is worthy of note in the context that the country’s export of aquatic products fell in value by 16 percent to 2.97 billion USD in the first half of … [Read more...]

Social News 14/4

6,000 smuggled cigarette packs seized in Phu Quoc About 6,000 packs of smuggled foreign cigarettes were discovered and confiscated in the southern province of Kien Giang. Early yesterday morning, the high command of Coast Guard Zone 4 and Phu Quoc District police investigated and seized an unnumbered boat in Ham Ninh marine area in Kien Giang Province's Phu Quoc District. The boat was reportedly transporting 6,000 packs of Hero cigarettes of dubious origin. The boat driver, 31-year-old Nguyen Vu Phuong from Ham Ninh Village in Phu Quoc District, and two other persons present on board were detained. The goods were confiscated and sent to Phu Quoc District Police for further investigation. Woman dies as truck plunges into abyss One woman was killed and two persons were injured, when a truck plunged into an abyss at km47 of national highway 4H in Dien Bien at noon yesterday. A rescue team said all three victims were members of a family. The driver of the truck and a three-year-old … [Read more...]

Social News 3/4

Da Nang to monitor trees with GIS Da Nang plans to use the geographic information system (GIS) in the city's public tree management work, the municipal People's Committee spokesman Vo Van Thuong said. The plan will cost about VND500 million (roughly US$25,000), which will be sourced from the city's budget. The municipal construction department has been assigned the work of implementing the plan. The department plans to complete the collection of tree data by 2016. The GIS will help to position the trees, classify their types and identify the trees' state of health, the department said. Since 2006, Da Nang has been using software in public tree management. All trees in the city have been numbered and the time of their planting and state of growth have been updated. Car driver arrested for crash killing teen Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered the northern province of Phu Tho to quickly investigate an accident in which a state-owned car crashed into five … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu asked to further cut poverty in ethnic minorities

The poverty rate in ethnic households in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu is cut down by 2-3 percent a year on average thanks to the implementation of State policies specifically designed for these groups, a provincial official said on April 2. Bac Lieu is currently home to the Kinh, Khmer and Hoa (Chinese) ethnic groups with the Khmer and Hoa numbering over 110,000, or 10.2 percent of the local population. Policies designed for ethnic groups, including those on residential land, production land, vocational training, and health insurance, have been strongly implemented, Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Thi Ai Nam reported at a working session with Minister-Chairman of the Government’s Committee for Ethnic Affairs Giang Seo Phu. All poor and near-poor households have been provided health insurance cards and benefited from preferential treatments as stipulated in the State’s regulations, she added. The official asked the Government to … [Read more...]

Ex-soldier puts wind in Bac Lieu’s sails

Illustrative image -- File photo

VietNamNet Bridge – Army veteran To Hoai Dan or Sau Dan from the southernmost province of Ca Mau devoted almost a decade to researching, investing and developing a wind power project in the neighbouring province of Bac Lieu. The General Director of Cong Ly Company spoke to Thanh Ha about the project, now worth nearly VND6,000 billion (US$300 million). What are your ideas about wind power and why does it appeal to you so much? After I returned home from the army in 1986, I noticed that there are no storms in the coastal areas of the country's southern region of Ca Mau and Bac Lieu, which enjoy sunshine and ample wind throughout the year. Therefore, I decided to explore the idea of harnessing wind power in the region for which I had to conduct exhaustive research. A short while later I hired consultants from foreign countries to conduct research about the hydrometeorological conditions of the region's coastal areas. To deepen the research, I also flew to the United States to … [Read more...]