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

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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...]

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...]

Southerners’ vivid memories of first general election

Southerners who experienced the first general election in Vietnam seven decades ago still have vivid memories of the historic event, which took place amid the enemy’s fierce sabotage in the south. In her memoirs, Ngo Thi Hue – a deputy to the first-tenure National Assembly – wrote that the Bac Lieu provincial Party Committee was notified that the general election would be held on January 6, 1946, when French invaders already occupied almost all southern provinces and were about to flock to Bac Lieu. When the first general election took place, Phan Minh Tanh – former Vice Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee – just turned 17 and was eligible to vote in Bac Lieu. "At first, people like me did not know what a National Assembly election was. After hearing explanations, we came to understand that the election was to select representatives of people and exercise the right to democracy", he recalled. He added, "That was the first time people … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu official’s death may be caused by bat blood pudding

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VietNamNet Bridge – The former director of the Department of Home Affairs of the southern province of Bac Lieu died on December 11 after eating bat blood pudding, local newspapers reported. People in some southern provinces of Vietnam have long processed bats into many dishes. Bac Lieu’s official Huynh Van Hoi on December 10 evening joined a party, where he drank alcohol and bat blood pudding. Returning home that night, Hoi had a sore stomach and diarrhea, and vomited. Hoi was taken to Phuoc Long District General Hospital the next morning but he died before arriving at the hospital. Many people guessed that Hoi got food poisoning by eating bat blood pudding. Mr. Le Thanh Phong, Director of the Phuoc Long District General Hospital, said Hoi died of intestinal infection shock. Phong said there was no scientific evidence proving that one can die of eating bat blood pudding. Hoi, former director of the Department of Home Affairs of Bac Lieu province retired only a … [Read more...]

Honouring 5 gold medals at 2015 National Professional Cai Luong Festival

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(Cinet) -The honouring ceremony at 2015 National Professional Cai Luong Festival in the Mekong Delta city of Bac Lieu's Cao Van Lau Theatre was organized on November 23. The two-week event attracted 30 cai luong theatres and troupes, including seven private troupes, mostly in HCM City and central and southern provinces of Da Nang, Binh Dinh, Long An and Can Tho. Five gold medals were presented for the best cai luong (reformed opera) plays.The medals were owned by leading troupes such as Tran Huu Trang Theatre of HCM City, Viet Nam's Cai Luong Theatre and Ha Noi's Cai Luong Theatre of Ha Noi, the Traditional Art Theatre of Dong Nai, and Huong Tram Troupe of Ca Mau. The Organization Board presented dozens of gold and silver medals for best director, best scriptwriter, best actor, and young promising talent. … [Read more...]

Cai luong artisans awarded medals

HCM CITY (VNS) — Five gold medals were presented for the best cai luong (reformed opera) plays at 2015 National Professional Cai Luong Festival in the Mekong Delta city of Bac Lieu's Cao Van Lau Theatre on Monday. The medals were owned by leading troupes such as Tran Huu Trang Theatre of HCM City, Viet Nam's Cai Luong Theatre and Ha Noi's Cai Luong Theatre of Ha Noi, the Traditional Art Theatre of Dong Nai, and Huong Tram Troupe of Ca Mau. The organiser, the Ministry of Culture, presented dozens of gold and silver medals for best director, best scriptwriter, best actor, and young promising talent. The two-week event attracted 30 cai luong theatres and troupes, including seven private troupes, mostly in HCM City and central and southern provinces of Da Nang, Binh Dinh, Long An and Can Tho. It included forums and seminars on the art attracting traditional art and music researchers and critics. — VNS … [Read more...]

Trung Than depicts controversial historic figure

Complex past: Le Trung Thao (right) plays the role of the famous commander Le Van Duyet in Trung Than (Loyalist), a historical play to be staged during the 2015 National Cai Luong Festival in Bac Lieu. — Photo cailuongvietnam.com

HCM CITY (VNS) — Meritorious Artist Hoa Ha hopes that her creative approach will shift theatre-goers' attention from lightweight comedies to the art of cai luong (reformed opera). Her new production of the play Trung Than (Loyalist) will be staged during Bac Lieu's National Cai Luong Festival, which opened last Friday and closes on November 23. Theatre lovers familiar with Ha's innovative take on stage are anxious to see the play, which depicts the controversial life and death of Le Van Duyet, a national hero who contributed to the development of southern Viet Nam in the 19th century. The 90-minute tragedy is staged by young artists from the Tran Huu Trang Theatre. "I faced challenges staging the historical play which explores Duyet, the greatest general of the Gia Dinh Citadel, which covered 30,000sq.km in south Viet Nam," said young actor Le Trung Thao, who plays Duyet. "Because of my love for cai luong, I will try my best to portray the spirit of the famed hero Duyet in a … [Read more...]

Vietnamese authorities indirectly create dispute over oyster catching on coasts

Authorities in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta provinces have indirectly created disputes over catching natural oysters on alluvial and muddy grounds along the coast recently. Such areas on the coast have been the natural fishing places of locals for generations, but authorities in some localities have zoned the public coast into plots and awarded them to individuals. Thus, disagreements have broke out between those ‘beneficiary individuals’ and residents who catch oysters and other sea creatures on the grounds. It sounds odd, but many conflicts have erupted along a stretch of coast hundreds of kilometers in length, from the provinces of Long An and Tien Giang to Bac Lieu and Kien Giang. Each of the conflicts has drawn the participation of thousands of locals. The most recent case occurred at an alluvial ground named Cai Cung in Long Dien Dong Commune, Dong Hai District, Bac Lieu, on August 8. The person involved in this case is Le Vinh Phat, who lives in Hoa Binh, … [Read more...]

Parental abduction: American threatens to sue, says he ‘rescued’ daughter

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Karl Werner, 37, speaking to Thanh Nien Friday at the Tran Vinh Hotel in Bac Lieu City. Attempts to broker a reunion between Ela Herawati and her daughter broke down as both sides due to a lack of trust on both sides. Photo: Calvin Godfrey The American father who took his daughter from a Vung Tau resort has vowed to remain in Vietnam with his child until he has achieved at least partial custody. Karl Werner, 37, says he intends to also sue this and other media outlets for unfair coverage of events of the past month. Reached at the Tran Vinh Hotel in Bac Lieu City on Wednesday, Werner maintained that taking his five-year old daughter from the Lan Rung Resort was not a crime. "This is entirely a civil matter," he said, acknowledging that it would likely be treated criminally in the United States. "If I have to live in Vietnam in some legal limbo, I will." 'A rescue'I have a responsibility to protect my daughter." Werner’s Indonesian ex-wife, Ela Herawati, 35, and her lawyer, … [Read more...]

American threatens to sue, says he rescued daughter in Vung Tau

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Karl Werner, 37, speaking to Thanh Nien Friday at the Tran Vinh Hotel in Bac Lieu City. Attempts to broker a reunion between Ela Herawati and her daughter broke down as both sides due to a lack of trust on both sides. Photo: Calvin Godfrey The American father who took his daughter from a Vung Tau resort has vowed to remain in Vietnam with his child until he has achieved at least partial custody. Karl Werner, 37, says he intends to also sue this and other media outlets for unfair coverage of events of the past month. Reached at the Tran Vinh Hotel in Bac Lieu City on Wednesday, Werner maintained that taking his five-year old daughter from the Lan Rung Resort was not a crime. "This is entirely a civil matter," he said, acknowledging that it would likely be treated criminally in the United States. "If I have to live in Vietnam in some legal limbo, I will." 'A rescue'I have a responsibility to protect my daughter." Werner’s Indonesian ex-wife, Ela Herawati, 35, and her lawyer, … [Read more...]

American says Vung Tau ‘abduction’ was ‘rescue,’ threatens to sue papers

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Karl Werner, 37, speaking to Thanh Nien Friday at the Tran Vinh Hotel in Bac Lieu City. Attempts to broker a reunion between Ela Herawati and her daughter broke down as both sides due to a lack of trust on both sides. Photo: Calvin Godfrey The American father who took his daughter from a Vung Tau resort has vowed to remain in Vietnam with his child until he has achieved at least partial custody. Karl Werner, 37, says he intends to also sue this and other media outlets for unfair coverage of events of the past month. Reached at the Tran Vinh Hotel in Bac Lieu City on Wednesday, Werner maintained that taking his five-year old daughter from the Lan Rung Resort was not a crime. "This is entirely a civil matter," he said, acknowledging that it would likely be treated criminally in the United States. "If I have to live in Vietnam in some legal limbo, I will." 'A rescue'I have a responsibility to protect my daughter." Werner’s Indonesian ex-wife, Ela Herawati, 35, and her lawyer, … [Read more...]

Young people contribute to new rural development

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Photo: laocai.gov.vn (VOVworld) – Over the past 3 years, Vietnam’s youth have contributed significantly to the implementation of a national new rural development program in response to a campaign called "Young people join hands to contribute to national new rural development". VOV’s Nguyen Hien reports…. After Qua hamlet in Lao Cai province’s Bat Xat district was made a focal commune to receive support for new rural development in 2012, local Youth Union members spared no effort in supporting the local implementation of the national rural development program. They took part in many activities, from helping local poor households and building roads, to planting forests and repairing war martyrs’ cemeteries. Nguyen Tien Anh, Secretary of Qua hamlet’s Youth Union, said:"After 3 years implementing the national rural development program, local Youth Union members understand what they can do to aid this effort. They often volunteer and spare no … [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...]