Way for farm produce sale paved

Many of the province's agricultural products will have the opportunity to find stable consumer markets when trade promotion activities are enhanced

Quite unlike previous years, the trade of farm produce has been promoted more proactively and methodically this year by Hai Duong provincial authorities. Programs to connect the trade between Hai Duong and many other provinces and cities have helped the sale of farm produce become more convenient. Promotion enhanced A trade promotion conference for Hai Duong's fruits and agricultural products early last June in Ha Noi attracted the attention of many enterprises and consumers. "When visiting the pavilions of Hai Duong's farm produce, I was surprised because I did not think the locality had so many good items. If such trade promotion conferences are not organized, we may only know guavas, thieu litchis, green bean cakes, and glutinous rice of Hai Duong while overlooking many other valuable agricultural products of the province, such as chicken eggs of Tam Loi chicken farm, onions and garlic of Kinh Mon, hill chickens of Chi Linh provincial town, dried green onions and carrots of … [Read more...]

Enterprises raise their voices

Director of Trung Hai - Hai Duong Cement JSC. Le Van Duc said the enterprise's treated waste had met permitted standards, so the province should verify to remove it from the list of establishments seriously polluting the environments

The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee on 13 November had a working session with representatives of facilities polluting the environment. The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee on the morning of 13 November had a working session with representatives of facilities polluting the environment under the chairmanship of Mr. Nguyen Anh Cuong, Member of the provincial Party's Committee's Standing Board, Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee. Many polluting enterprises The results of an inspection of 41 facilities reported by the people showed that environmental problems exist at most of the facilities, according to Mr. Vu Dinh Hien, Director of the Environmental Protection Sub-department. This year, the Inspectorate of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has also checked 34 establishments in the list of environmental polluters. Accordingly, most of the establishments committed environmental violations. Regarding each violation act, 33 among 34 … [Read more...]

Tightening management of industrial zones

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(VEN) - When development is not based on actual needs and not focused on the construction of basic infrastructure, some industrial zones (IZs) in Hai Duong Province have inefficiently operated. Management improvements are being made to help IZs operate more efficiently and prevent land going to waste in the province. At a conference of the Industry and Trade sector, Hai Duong Department of Industry and Trade director Vu Doan Quang said that Hai Duong had 40 IZs approved planning till the end of last year. However, in the process of development to match actual needs, five IZs were converted purpose and function. Therefore, the province currently has 35 IZs covering on a total planning area of nearly 1,544 hectares. Of which, 28 IZs have put into operation, attracting 285 investment projects with total registered capital of over VND6.63 trillion. In addition, the IZs system has brought socioeconomic benefits to Hai Duong, industrial production value generated from businesses in IZs in … [Read more...]

Coastal erosion at a serious level in Ca Mau

Coastal erosion in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Ca Mau could cause the collapse of 40 kilometres of dyke, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The province has built embankments in these areas but does not have enough funds to build more. On Sunday, tides and strong waves eroded several dyke sections in Tran Van Thoi District. Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) Rural areas in Hai Phong to receive $43m Hai Phong this year will allocate an additional VND966 billion ($42.9 million) to assist 20-25 more communes to reach all 19 criteria including transportation, irrigation, electricity, schools and others in the national new rural area programme. Last year, 48 communes in the city achieved the criteria. Dau T u (Viet Nam Investment Review) Hau Giang to get solar power plant The People's Committee of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang approved a project to build a solar power plant with capacity of 36MW in Phung … [Read more...]

Lai Chau’s breakthroughs in new rural development

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(VOVworld) – Lai Chau has been one of 3 leading provinces in building new-style rural areas in the northern mountain region. 15 of its communes have achieved all the 19 new rural development criteria, of which Ban Giang has been considered a role model in the northwestern region. Ban Giang commune, which is comprised of 5 hamlets, has 3,500 people from 5 ethnic groups. The commune was recognized as a new-style rural area in 2015. Since 2011 it has invested 2 million USD in upgrading ít infrastructure. Local residents contributed 3 hectares of land, 25,000 USD and labor to build public facilities. Nguyen Ba Kien, Chairman of the communal People’s Committee, said: "We’ll mobilize all available resources including bank loans to help the people develop their production. Poverty reduction is our target for this year." Tam Duong district has been a forerunner in building new-style rural areas in Lai Chau province. Its poverty rate reduced from 51.78% in 2010 to … [Read more...]

Loan extension for cold spell victims

Fish breeders in northern Thai Binh Province's Thai Thuy District suffer losses as hundreds of tonnes of their fish died from record cold spell. — Photo kenh14.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) has announced it will provide loan term extensions for households suffering from the recent cold spell. The extension of up to three years will be applied to families with damage reported at between 40 and 80 per cent, and up to five years to households with damage reported above 80 per cent. During the extended terms, these debtors will not be required to pay interest. The provision of additional loans will also be considered based on local demand. By Thursday, more than 5,000 people, who have borrowed a total amount of VND127.3 billion (USVND126,711 million) from the VBSP, had taken the brunt of the dreadful weather. Damage was calculated at 12,300 dead farm animals and about 10,725 hectares of destroyed farming areas. The Husbandry Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has instructed cities and provinces affected by the cold to take all necessary measures to ease the damage caused by … [Read more...]

Post cold-spell efforts urged at recovering livestock numbers in North VN

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The Husbandry Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has instructed cities and provinces affected by the frosty cold over the past few days to take all necessary measures to ease the damage caused by the severe weather to the animal breeding sector. The municipal and provincial Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development were requested to send working groups to help locals minimise losses to their animals. Specialised agencies should swiftly and regularly update farmers with weather conditions via mass media, the Husbandry Department said. It also asked the localities to take the initiative in using their own budgets to fight strong cold spells and overcome their consequences. Local farmers should be guided to raise their cattle with on-the-spot feed, not let them wander during cold days and decontaminate breeding facilities in order to prevent the outbreak of diseases. The localities were requested to put forth recovery plans and provide … [Read more...]

Post cold-spell efforts urged at recovering livestock numbers

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The Hanoitimes - The Husbandry Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has instructed cities and provinces affected by the frosty cold over the past few days to take all necessary measures to ease the damage caused by the severe weather to the animal breeding sector. The municipal and provincial Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development were requested to send working groups to help locals minimise losses to their animals. Specialised agencies should swiftly and regularly update farmers with weather conditions via mass media, the Husbandry Department said. It also asked the localities to take the initiative in using their own budgets to fight strong cold spells and overcome their consequences. Local farmers should be guided to raise their cattle with on-the-spot feed, not let them wander during cold days and decontaminate breeding facilities in order to prevent the outbreak of diseases. The localities were requested to put forth recovery … [Read more...]

Freezing weather causes damage to northern localities

Snow covers streets in Cao Bang province

The severe cold weather in recent days has caused damage to numerous localities in the northern part of Vietnam. According to the steering committee for natural disaster prevention and search and rescue of Lao Cai province, losses from the snowfall on January 24 amount to over 5 billion VND (225,000 USD). Sa Pa district was the hardest hit with all of its communes and towns blanketed by snow, causing an estimated economic loss of around 2.3 billion VND (103,500 USD). As many as 47 cattle froze to death, including 40 in Sa Pa, and the remaining from Bat Xat and Muong Khuong districts. Furthermore, some 205 hectares of provincial crops were also affected. In Quang Ninh province, the cold spell which began January 23 has killed at least 217 animals, according to a preliminary report from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The temperature across the province has plunged to around 4 degrees Celsius. Streets and trees in communes such as Tinh Huc and … [Read more...]

Frozen weather causes damage to northern localities

Hanoi, January 25 (VNA) – The severe cold weather in recent days has caused damage to numerous localities in the northern part of Vietnam. According to the steering committee for natural disaster prevention and search and rescue of Lao Cai province, losses from the snowfall on January 24 amount to over 5 billion VND (225,000 USD). Sa Pa district was the hardest hit with all of its communes and towns blanketed by snow, causing an estimated economic loss of around 2.3 billion VND (103,500 USD). As many as 47 cattle froze to death, including 40 in Sa Pa , and the remaining from Bat Xat and Muong Khuong districts. Furthermore, some 205 hectares of provincial crops were also affected. In Quang Ninh province, the cold spell which began January 23 has killed at least 217 animals, according to a preliminary report from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The temperature across the province has plunged to around 4 degrees Celsius. Streets and trees in … [Read more...]

Growing green-skin grapefruits helps build new rural areas in Ben Tre

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(VOVworld) – Ben Tre province has 5,500 hectares under green-skin grapefruit cultivation for domestic consumption and export. Green-skin grapefruits have increased local incomes and boosted new rural development. Green-skin grapefruits are easy to sell and profitable. Major grapefruit growing areas in Ben Tre are Cho Lach, Chau Thanh, Ben Tre city, Mo Cay Bac, Mo Cay Nam, and Giong Trom. In 2005 Mr. Le Van Phong’s family began to grow grapefruits after failing to find buyers for their longans. The National Target Program on new rural development has provided them and other farming households with planting and tending techniques. Phong’s 6 hectares of grapefruits produce 6-8 tons per harvest with each kilogram earning him approximately 2USD. Phong said: "The price of grapefruits has remained steady for 7 years. I earned 15,000 USD last year and this year it will be more than 25,000 USD." The steady price of grapefruits has guaranteed a stable income for farmers … [Read more...]

Cold snap to send chill through north

HA NOI (VNS) — Northern cities and provinces will experience the strongest cold spell since the onset of winter beginning yesterday evening, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting. Temperatures will sink to below 10 degrees Celsius in low-land areas and below 6 degrees in mountainous regions today. Several mountainous areas such as Mau Son of Lang Son Province and Sa Pa of Lao Cai Province could experience temperatures of negative 6 degrees, along with frost and sleet. Experts predict that frost will appear in many northern areas from the night of January 22 to January 25. Ha Noi is expecting to record incessant rain during these days, with low temperatures between 6 and 8 degrees on January 26. Bone-chilling cold will also be felt in central provinces when the cold spell moves to this region and triggers heavy rains later today. Luu Minh Hai, director of the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, said the cold spell would be … [Read more...]

Early bloom of flowers worries Da Lat’s farmers

Lisianthus has blossomed in Phung Huu Nam Khang in Da Lat City's Ward 12, while Tet is still 20 days away. — Photo cand.com.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – Several flowers being grown in southern Da Lat-Lam Dong in preparation for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) have bloomed ahead of schedule, posing a loss risk to local farmers. Farmers have grown flowers in 2,200 ha -- mostly lilies, lisianthus, gladioli and daisies -- in Da Lat City, Lac Duong, Don Duong and Lam Ha, besides Duc Trong District in Lam Dong Province, the provincial department of agriculture and rural development said. In Da Lat City, specifically, there are about 1,000ha of flowers, 495ha of daisies, 114ha of lisianthus and 30ha of orchids and roses. In Ward 12 of Da Lat City, about 80 per cent of the lisianthus, 30 per cent of lily and 10 per cent of daisy crops have blossomed before Tet, as estimated by the local people. Prolonged heat and unexpected heavy rain in December this year contributed to the early bloom, Chairman of the Association of Farmers in Ward 12 Ho Ngoc Dinh said. Huynh Thi Phuong Linh of Ward 12 in Da Lat grew … [Read more...]

Early bloom of flowers worries farmers

Lisianthus has blossomed in Phung Huu Nam Khang in Da Lat City's Ward 12, while Tet is still 20 days away. — Photo cand.com.vn

DA LAT (VNS) — Several flowers being grown in southern Da Lat-Lam Dong in preparation for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) have bloomed ahead of schedule, posing a loss risk to local farmers. Farmers have grown flowers in 2,200 ha -- mostly lilies, lisianthus, gladioli and daisies -- in Da Lat City, Lac Duong, Don Duong and Lam Ha, besides Duc Trong District in Lam Dong Province, the provincial department of agriculture and rural development said. In Da Lat City, specifically, there are about 1,000ha of flowers, 495ha of daisies, 114ha of lisianthus and 30ha of orchids and roses. In Ward 12 of Da Lat City, about 80 per cent of the lisianthus, 30 per cent of lily and 10 per cent of daisy crops have blossomed before Tet, as estimated by the local people. Prolonged heat and unexpected heavy rain in December this year contributed to the early bloom, Chairman of the Association of Farmers in Ward 12 Ho Ngoc Dinh said. Huynh Thi Phuong Linh of Ward 12 in Da Lat grew 4,500sq.m … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta should build logistics chains to boost exports

Building production and logistics chains is one of the solutions proposed by a provincial official in the Mekong Delta in order to create breakthroughs in agricultural development. Director of An Giang provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Anh Thu, a delegate to the upcoming 12th National Party Congress which is slated for January 20-28, 2016, talked about the matter in an interview with Vietnam News Agency. He said ports in An Giang and Can Tho city are incapable of shipping the delta’s farm produce abroad. Therefore, a majority of the products must be transported to Ho Chi Minh City’s ports, resulting in their increased pricing and reduced competitiveness. Therefore it is a must to build production and logistics chains to cut down on intermediary links, subsequently costs and better control product quality, he suggested. Equally important is boosting the application of science and technology into agricultural production and developing … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta: thousands of hectares of rice face menace of saline intrusion

Water shortages are affecting more than 57,000ha of rice farmland in the Cuu Long (Mekong) delta province of Kien Giang, with entire crops at risk of being wiped out completely due to the prolonged drought. — Photo thanhnien.com.vn

Water shortages are affecting more than 57,000ha of rice farmland in the Cuu Long (Mekong) delta province of Kien Giang, with entire crops at risk of being wiped out completely due to the prolonged drought. Thousands of ha have been destroyed and nearly 15 thousand ha are facing saline intrusion, according to Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper. According to cultivation plans, four districts of U Minh Thuong region including An Bien, An Minh, U Minh Thuong and Vinh Thuan will sow 63,000ha of rice, but local farmers have planted about 57,000ha due to the drought. Statistics from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed nearly 15,000ha of rice are facing saline intrusion. An Minh district is the most affected area with more than 14,000ha. Nearly 3,000 out of 9,000ha of rice in An Bien district were damaged completely with the remainder also in danger. Saline intrusion has also damaged more than 2,800ha of rice in Vinh Thuan district. The department … [Read more...]

Vietnamese teacher strives to realize dream of Da Lat flower city replica

Pham Huy Cuong tends to his flower beds in preparation for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. Photo:

Over the past few years, an elementary school teacher in southern Vietnam has been filling his mountain-top flower fields with varieties native to the renowned flower city of Da Lat. Residents of the Bay Nui (Seven Mountains) area, which spans the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, have been decorating their homes with dazzling flower varieties indigenous to Da Lat, the famous resort city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, during the last three years. The exotic floral products come from a farm run by Pham Huy Cuong, 35, who has been teaching at a local elementary school for 14 years. His 3,000-square-meter farm, perched on top of Cam (Forbidden) Mountain, and part of the Bay Nui range, has by now yielded several thousand individual Da Lat breeds. It normally takes at least 10 hours to transport flowers from Da Lat to An Giang. This lengthy transportation process has undermined the flowers’ freshness no matter how carefully they are preserved. Such a … [Read more...]

Thousands of ha of rice face menace of saline intrusion

KIEN GIANG (VNS) — Water shortages are affecting more than 57,000ha of rice farmland in the Cuu Long (Mekong) delta province of Kien Giang, with entire crops at risk of being wiped out completely due to the prolonged drought. Thousands of ha have been destroyed and nearly 15 thousand ha are facing saline intrusion, according to Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper. According to cultivation plans, four districts of U Minh Thuong region including An Bien, An Minh, U Minh Thuong and Vinh Thuan will sow 63,000ha of rice, but local farmers have planted about 57,000ha due to the drought. Statistics from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed nearly 15,000ha of rice are facing saline intrusion. An Minh district is the most affected area with more than 14,000ha. Nearly 3,000 out of 9,000ha of rice in An Bien district were damaged completely with the remainder also in danger. Saline intrusion has also damaged more than 2,800ha of rice in Vinh Thuan … [Read more...]

Da Lat plants more than 1,000ha of flowers

A farmer works on a field in Thai Phien flower village.

Flower villages in Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong have planted 1,000ha of flowers for Tet (Lunar New Year), according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The growing area for the main flower under cultivation, lily flowers, will be expanded by 30ha. Nguyen Van Son, the department's deputy head, said that agencies had advised farmers to co-operate with companies and wholesale markets before cultivation. Da Lat, dubbed a city of thousands of flowers, has four traditional flower villages, namely Van Thanh, Thai Phien, Ha Dong and Xuan Tho. They have improved traditional flower cultivation while bringing Da Lat flower trademark to both domestic and international markets. During the freshly-concluded flower festival in Da Lat, the People’s Committee of Lam Dong province recognised Xuan Thanh village in Xuan Tho commune as a new "traditional flower village". Over 10 kilometres far from Da Lat city, the village boasts 149 … [Read more...]

HCM City inspects cost of theatre project

The HCM City People's Committee has instructed inspectors to check the implementation of the project to build Tran Huu Trang Cai Luong Theatre in District 1. Under a design approved by the city's Department of Construction, the capital originally allocated was only VND60 billion ($2.7 million), but during construction, the design and facilities had to be adjusted, causing the construction costs to go up to VND132 billion (US$5.9 million). Although the theatre was completed in April 30, it still has not opened as complaints have been filed by experts. Thanh Nien (Young People) Da Lat plants more than 1,000ha of flowers Flower villages in Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong have planted 1,000ha of flowers for Tet (Lunar New Year), according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The growing area for the main flower under cultivation, Ly Ly flowers, will be expanded by 30ha. Nguyen Van Son, the department's deputy head, said that … [Read more...]