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...]

Time for growing pepper

Farmers can make good money from growing black pepper.Some are so keen on pepper, they are even growing it on land that is not even good for pepper trees.They have also chopped down other crops, such as coffee and rubber trees, to make more room for pepper trees. A woman harvests pepper at a household farm in Dak Lak Province. - VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet DAK LAK (VNS) — Farmers in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak have chopped down some of the area's most essential crops, coffee and rubber, to make room for the possibly more lucrative black pepper plant. After a rapid increase in Viet Nam's pepper cultivation, the area has reached 80,000 hectares. According to the Viet Nam Pepper Association, the price of domestic pepper has increased continuously since 2007. It cost VND150,000 (US$6.9) per kilo in early January, and jumped to VND175,000 ($8.1) by the end of the first quarter of this year. The price of export black pepper was nearly $8,800 per tonne, an increase of 35 … [Read more...]

Vietnamese goods dominate in HCM City

The rate of Vietnamese goods now accounts for 90-95 per cent of goods sold in HCM City's supermarkets, the HCM City Steering Committee for the campaign of "Vietnamese give priority to using Vietnamese goods" said on Tuesday. The city's Vietnamese goods promotion programmes, including programmes linking supply and demand and organising Vietnamese goods fairs, have helped to promote Vietnamese high-quality goods to citizens, according to the Steering Committee. The city has more than 8,400 retail selling points that sell only Vietnamese goods. More than 96 per cent of surveyed citizens said they were satisfied when using Vietnamese goods. Nhan Dan (The People) Measures taken to reduce railway accidents To reduce the number of railway accidents, provinces and cities should have strict punishment for railway safety violators and measures to prevent illegal crossroads between railway and road sections, the National Committee for Traffic Safety said on Tuesday. The country had 163 … [Read more...]

Pig farm owners say no to growth promoters

Farmers in the southern Dong Nai Province sign a commitment not to use banned substances for breeding pigs. — Photo baodongnai.com.vn

DONG NAI (VNS) — More than 300 pig-breeding households in the southern Dong Nai Province yesterday signed a commitment not to use banned chemical substances such as lean-meat agents that have harmful side-effects. The use of lean-meat agents was banned in Viet Nam in 2002. They include salbutamol, chlenbutarol and ractobamine that stimulate growth and quickly develop lean meat in cattle. It leads to increase in heart rate, indigestion or cancer in humans. The signing of the commitment followed the recent detection of banned lean-meat substances in pork in the province. Statistics from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development show that the province has about 1.5 million pigs. In the first seven months of this year, 17 of the 84 samples taken by the department from breeding households tested positive for salbutamol. In previous years, the use of this banned agent was found in small-scale households. Last year, 12 out of 156 samples tested positive for the … [Read more...]

11.8 mln USD for irrigation project in Kien Giang

A salt instrusion prevention system in Kien Giang.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved a component of the Water Management Project for Rural Development in the Mekong Delta (WB6), which aims to build and install an irrigation drain system along the Cut Canal in the southern province of Kien Giang. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the sub-project will be implemented with a total investment of nearly 263 billion VND (around 11.8 million USD), including 9.5 million USD sourced from the World Bank. Scheduled to be completed in early 2017, the irrigation efforts target climate change and rising sea level adaptation. Once operational, the project will help manage water sources and prevent salt intrusion and flood tides while controlling and draining water, thus ensuring stable agriculture production and aquaculture activities in Rach Gia city and Tan Hiep and Chau Thanh districts. VNA … [Read more...]

US$11.8 mln for irrigation project in Kien Giang

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved a component of the Water Management Project for Rural Development in the Mekong Delta (WB6) to build and install an irrigation drain system along the Cut Canal in Kien Giang. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the sub-project will be implemented with a total investment of nearly around US$11.8 million, including US$9.5 million sourced from the World Bank. Scheduled to be completed in early 2017, the irrigation efforts target climate change and rising sea level adaptation. Once operational, the project will help manage water sources and prevent salt intrusion and flood tides while controlling and draining water, thus ensuring stable agriculture production and aquaculture activities in Rach Gia city and Tan Hiep and Chau Thanh districts. … [Read more...]

Dak Lak farmers boost income with fruit trees

DAK LAK (VNS) — The central highland Dak Lak Province planted 1,000 more hectares of fruit trees during rainy season this year, bringing its total to 11,000, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The rainy season lasts from last month to November. The province planted the market's favourite fruits, avocado, durian, rambutan, longan, lychee, guava, mango and orange, department experts said. The production of fruit trees this year nearly doubled that of last year, because farmers learned from their experiences and bought seedlings from respected companies. They also planted avocado and durian in their coffee tree gardens to take advantage of the space and increase their income. When they used the space for coffee and avocado or durian, the farmers made at least VND390 million (US$17,800) per hectare, while with just coffee they would have made VND120 million ($5,700) per hectare. Experts from the Western Highlands Agriculture and Forestry … [Read more...]

Marine Protected Area Projetc in Ly Son passed

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​On 7 August, Deputy Chairman of the PPC Pham Truong Tho chaired a meeting to review and pass the project of establishing marine protected area in Ly Son (MPAP). ​As reported, the project has been completed detailed planning by the Fisheries Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has been assigned as a MPAP's investor. As designed, the marine protected area in Ly Son is planned on an area of ​​8,000 hectares and divided into three functional areas, including strictly protected area, ecological restoration zone and development area. The objective of the project is to maintain and protect marine resources, protection of biodiversity, environmental protection, economic and ecotourism development, management and sustainable use of marine resources. Funding for the MPAP implementation from now until 2020 is estimated at over VND 36 billion. MPAP is one of 16 MPAPs in Vietnam approved by the Prime … [Read more...]

Binh Dinh installs 3,600 biogas units

The central province of Binh Dinh has installed 3,600 biogas units since 2013, when the low-carbon agricultural support project sponsored by the Asian Development Bank was launched. According to Dao Van Hung, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the province has installed 1,740 new biogas units since the beginning of this year. Of which, 842 units have been technically inspected and disbursement has exceeded 4 billion VND (184,000 USD). Hoai Nhon district had the highest number of units at 384 followed by Hoai An district with 242 and An Nhon town with 100. Binh Dinh currently has 79 animal livestock facilities, 74 of which are pig farms and the remaining are poultry farms. The installation of biogas units contributes to reducing environmental pollution and improving living standards in rural areas. The low-carbon agricultural support project has a total investment capital of 1.9 million USD (39.3 billion VND) and is scheduled to … [Read more...]

Nature sanctuary to be established in Ha Giang province

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The popular Dong Van karst plateau in Ha Giang. photo: VNA A nature reserve named Chi San will be set up in Meo Vac district of northernmost Ha Giang province in a bid to protect rare fauna and flora as well as ensure the sustainable development of the northern mountainous region. Nguyen Duc Vinh, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development – the project investor, said the sanctuary will cover nearly 5,500 hectares of land in six communes of Meo Vac. He said the formation of the Chi San reserve also aims to protect forest ecosystems, with 73 percent of the area being closed evergreen forests, and improve the capacity of watershed protection forests. The zoned area is home to 663 flora and 121 fauna species, including 58 plants and 22 animals listed in the Red Books of Vietnam and the world, according to the province’s portal. Vinh said his department will coordinate with consultative agencies to devise a detailed plan on the project … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu province expedites fishery logistics

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Shrimp harvest in Bac Lieu. Photo: VNA Some 50 fishery logistics teams with over 100 vessels have been established in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu in addition to investments in 520 high-capacity fishing boats, promoting efficiency of the provincial fisheries sector, the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said. The logistics vessels—equipped with refrigerated tanks—purchase seafood and transport the products to the mainland while providing food and fuel for boats on long-term offshore fishing trips. Furthermore, local authorities have organised rescue trainings for the logistics fleets and are providing information on weather reports and fishing ground, helping to minimise loss of lives and property damage and contributing to maintaining marine security. In a bid to enhance local livelihoods, the agricultural sector is studying and evaluating marine resources, establishing seafood exploitation maps and building fish markets and … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu aims to promote aquatic product exports

The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu has undertaken a number of efforts to boost aquaculture for export. The provincial People’s Committee is urging relevant bodies to work with localities to zone off specific areas for prawn breeding and processing. The province has also facilitated access to preferential loans for local enterprises in the sector. Publicity campaigns have been conducted by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to enhance awareness and knowledge of shrimp cultivation among farmers. Over the past seven months, more than 26,000 tonnes of shrimp have been shipped abroad, bringing home 273.5 million USD, up 0.49 percent from the same period last year.-VNA … [Read more...]

Phu Yen actively tackles drought

The authorities and residents of the central province of Phu Yen are undertaking a raft of measures to cope with a drought caused by prolonged hot weather in the locality. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, more than 7,000 hectares of summer-autumn rice crops and 3,000 hectares of sugarcane are thirsting for water. Additionally, over 6,500 households in mountainous areas are facing water shortages, up about 1,000 households compared to the beginning of June. To address the problem, the provincial People’s Committee has allocated about 6.7 billion VND (310,000 USD) to support localities, focusing on digging wells and installing more pumping stations. The province has also petitioned the central government to provide 23.9 billion VND (1.1 million USD) in aid to cope with the drought.-VNA … [Read more...]

Dong Nai: 5,800 rural labourers benefit from vocational training project

As many as 5,800 rural labourers in the southern province of Dong Nai will receive vocational training in 2015, said Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Tri. The province plans to provide vocational training for 23,400 labourers between 2016 and 2020 under an 82 billion VND (4 million USD) project on rural vocational training, he added. In order to meet the target, the province has bolstered popularisation activities while enhancing the vocational training network competency including teachers, learning aids, curricula and infrastructure. Agricultural and non-agricultural trade groups are a focus of the programme with three prioritised labourer groups including impoverished households, households living near the poverty line and policy beneficiaries. According to Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pham Minh Dao, skills offered in training curricula in different areas must be in line with plans for … [Read more...]

Rain, floods forecast to batter northern parts

Thuy Dung The national weather center forecast rainfalls of 50-150 mm in the northeastern upland and the northern delta, 100-200 mm in coastal localities from Quang Ninh to Nam Dinh, and 200-300 mm in the northwestern region and 400 mm in other areas. Rain hit many northern parts last Saturday morning with rainfalls of 90 mm in Vinh Yen City in Vinh Phuc Province, and 80 mm in Ba Vi District in Hanoi City. Water levels in Thuong, Cau and Luc Nam rivers have been swelling. Water levels in the Thuong River were at least 0.5 meters higher than alarming level No. 1 over the weekend. Some areas were submerged in Hanoi last Saturday though rain was not heavy. Flooding is predicted to hit both upstream and downstream of the Red and Thai Binh rivers until August 4. Water levels in the Thao, Cau and Luc Ngan rivers may reach alarming level No. 1 while those in Da and Thuong rivers will likely to reach alarming level No. 2. The national weather center warned the provinces of Quang … [Read more...]

Land erosion, depression ‘burying’ Vietnam’s granary

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Tens of thousands of inhabitants of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam have lost their houses to land erosion, especially along river banks, as the result of an decrease in the volume of water in rivers. This is one of the concrete impacts of climate change, which is believed to cause major damage to coastal nations like Vietnam. It is predicted that a million people living in coastal areas and along river banks will have suffered direct adverse effects from land erosion by the year 2050, said Doctor Dao Trong Tu, counselor of the Vietnam Rivers Network. A report by the World Wildlife Fund showed that 48 percent of coastal areas in Ben Tre and Tra Vinh Provinces in southern Vietnam are in the process of retreating from the sea. Similarly, 70 percent of the southernmost province of Ca Mau’s coastal areas are in the retreating process. In short, the area of the Mekong Delta, which is considered the rice bowl of the country, has become smaller and smaller year after year. Not … [Read more...]

Vinh Long develops comprehensive irrigation system

The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long has devised a number of measures for the development of a comprehensive irrigation system, according to the provincial Department of Agricultural and Rural Development. This year alone, it has set aside some 254 billion VND (11.87 million USD) in the construction of and upgrades to 234 irrigation projects across the province with priority given to building flood-proof embankments in Bac Mang Thit district and expanding irrigation canals. Other focuses have been on projects to upgrade irrigation systems serving large-scale fields in Tam Binh district, embankments surrounding orchards and aquaculture farms in Quoi Thien commune in Vung Liem district, Hoa Ninh and Binh Hoa Phuoc communes in Long Ho district and embankments protecting Binh Tan district’s crops to the north of National Road 1A. So far this year, 156 irrigation works worth a total of 64.3 billion VND (more than 3 million USD) have been completed, supplying water to 91 … [Read more...]

Quang Ninh to develop aquaculture

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Cua Van Fishing Village in Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long Bay was chosen for a project to develop and conserve aquatic resources from now until July 2017. — Photo atadi.vn QUANG NINH (Biz Hub) — The northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday chose the Cua Van fishing village in Ha Long Bay for a project to develop and conserve aquatic resources. The project, which will be implemented from now until July 2017, is a part of the Ha Long Bay-Cat Ba joint initiative project. It aims to develop sustainable aquaculture in Ha Long Bay and conserve aquatic resources. The organisations concerned will be instructed on how to coordinate on the project. During a meeting held yesterday morning in Quang Ninh Province to approve the project, the permanent deputy chairman of the Quang Ninh People's Committee, Dang Huy Hau, asked the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to join hands with the organisations concerned to approve the project by next month. The approval … [Read more...]