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...]

Tra Vinh distributes soft loans to develop agriculture

Banks and financial institutions in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh have offered over 7.65 trillion VND (35 million USD) in soft loans as part of the State’s agricultural and rural development policies for local farmers during the first half of 2015. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, as many as 7.63 trillion VND worth of loans have been provided to some 214,000 farmers, representing of 55.7 percent of the province’s total gross loans. Some 49 farming households have taken out a combined loan of 19.5 billion VND (nearly 894,000 USD) to purchase agricultural equipment, mostly combine harvesters, in accordance with Decision No. 68/2013/QD – TTg by the Prime Minister to reduce post-harvest losses. Another 5.9 billion VND (over 270,000 USD) in credit was lent to help farmers switch from rice farming to fruit and vegetable growing. In addition, the provincial authority has organised ten agricultural training courses … [Read more...]

Social News 23/6

Dong Nai farmers battle pepper seedling thieves Thieves are stealing pepper seedlings of several pepper growers in the southern Dong Nai Province, Dan Tri reported. A major reason for the situation is the record rate of increase in the prices of pepper, which is leading to high prices of the seedlings. Pepper farmers in Xuan Truong Commune of Xuan Loc District said hundreds of pepper trees had been cut down by thieves in the last few days. The provincial authority has been investigating the cases. The leader of district farmers' association said the cost of a pepper seedling was about VND20,000 to VND30,000 (US$10-15). So, pepper garden owners are on guard day and night to protect their property. Growing a pepper plant takes a few years and hundreds of work hours, a pepper grower said. Storm cools down central Vietnam while moving to southern China Tropical Storm Kujira has passed Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel)archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea and cooled down the … [Read more...]

New technology helps farmers create higher yields

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Production at An Thai agriculture hi-tech park in Phu Giao district, southern Binh Duong province (Source: Binh Duong News) The southern province of Binh Duong has successfully applied new technology on nearly 1,000 hectares of farm land to create produce with high economic value. The An Thai hi-tech agriculture park, for example, has put a number of tillage models using new-cutting edge production technologies in place from Israel, Japan and the Republic of Korea to meet the Vietnamese good agricultural practice (VietGAP) standards. The province has expanded the effective production models from the An Thai hi-tech park to new-style rural areas, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Binh Duong is now home to four hi-tech agriculture parks covering 979 hectares. It also makes substantial technology investments in 84 breeding farms. Local farmers have successfully built trademarks such as the Lai Thieu mangosteen, Thanh Thuy grapefruit and … [Read more...]

Dak Lak focuses on coffee tree replacement

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The Government has approved a plan on replacing aging coffee trees through 2020 to enhance the quality and productivity of the sector. (Photo: VNA) Authorities of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak have asked local farmers and businesses to focus on re-planting coffee trees to enhance the quality and productivity of the sector. This is part of the activities to replace aged coffee trees on 16,475 hectares through 2020. According to the plan, as many as 4,423 hectares of coffee plants will be re-planted during the rainy season this year. Local farmers and businesses have been using high-yield seedlings supplied by the Central Highlands Institute for Agriculture and Forestry to re-plant, according to the provincial Department of Agricultural and Rural Development. The province has zoned off nursing areas to supply high quality seeds and seedlings to meet local demand. Each year, between 5-7 tonnes of coffee seeds and more than four million seedlings are provided to local … [Read more...]

Nghe An declares state of emergency due to drought

A field in Dien Chau District, Nghe An Province. Photo: Nghe An 24h.

The central province of Nghe An’s People’s Committee has for the first time announced a state of emergency across the province due to prolonged severe drought occurring in the locality during the summer-autumn crop 2015. Together with the announcement, the province asked localities to assess losses caused by the drought to crop cultivation, animal breeding and aquaculture in order to report to the central government and ask for support. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, lingering drought has created drastic impacts on provincial socio-economy and livelihoods. Currently, most of the reservoirs have been dried up, with the water volume standing at about 20-30 percent of their designed capacity. Pumping stations along the province’s largest river, the Lam River, can no longer operate. Of the total 42,440 hectares of summer-autumn crops cultivated in the locality, over 4,500 hectares were damaged due to water shortages, … [Read more...]

Nghe An province declares state of emergency due to drought

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A large area of maize was damaged due to lingering drought. (Photo: VNA) The central province of Nghe An’s People’s Committee has for the first time announced a state of emergency across the province due to prolonged severe drought occurring in the locality during the summer-autumn crop 2015. Together with the announcement, the province asked localities to assess losses caused by the drought to crop cultivation, animal breeding and aquaculture in order to report to the central government and ask for support. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, lingering drought has created drastic impacts on provincial socio-economy and livelihoods. Currently, most of the reservoirs have been dried up, with the water volume standing at about 20-30 percent of their designed capacity. Pumping stations along the province’s largest river, the Lam River, can no longer operate. Of the total 42,440 hectares of summer-autumn crops cultivated … [Read more...]

Dong Nai aims at sustainable agricultural development

The southern Dong Nai province has adopted a master plan for agricultural development through 2020 with a vision to 2030 which emphasizes sustainable growth. The plan zones off two agricultural areas, the northeastern and the southwestern areas each with specific development directions. The northeast zone, which covers Cam My, Xuan Loc, Dinh Quan and Tan Phu districts together with a number of communes in Vinh Cuu district with a total area of more than 376,000 hectares, is dedicated to protection and production forests, industrial plants such as rubber, pepper and coffee, fruit trees and safe vegetables. Priority will also be given to developing aquaculture, animal breeding and hi-tech agricultural zones, in the zone. Meanwhile, the southwestern zone will cover more than 214,000 hectares, spanning Bien Hoa city, districts of Long Thanh, Nhon Trach, Trang Bom, Thong Nhat, Long Khanh town, and a number of communes in Vinh Cuu district. The zone will focus on hi-tech … [Read more...]

Tra Vinh dredges channels to cope with drought season

The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh is dredging 57 irrigational channels as an effort of recovery from the current drought and salinisation. The dredge, costing 10 billion VND (465,000 USD) sourced from the Ministry of Finance, will be carried out in the districts of Chau Thanh, Cau Ngang, Cau Ke, Tieu Can and Tra Cu, said an official from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. According to the department, drought and salinity intrusion dried up over 10,000ha of winter-spring rice. About 1,000ha of summer-autumn rice are thirsty for water. Worryingly, the salinity levels in Co Chien, Hau and Cau Quan rivers are reaching higher. Northern and central regions, especially localities from Khanh Hoa to Ninh Thuan, have suffered from prolonged drought and shortage of water in midday temperatures hovering around 42 degrees C. The heat waves are expected to continue and result in more severe droughts and deep salt intrusion in coastal and delta areas, … [Read more...]

Kien Giang works to expand marine-based economy

The southern province of Kien Giang has grown by an average of 11.4 percent between 2011 and 2015, with marine-based economy making up 75.6 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) . Its GDP per capita is estimated at 3,154 USD this year, twice that of 2010. According to Le Khac Chi, Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, the focus of its maritime strategy was coastal and maritime tourism, particularly in Phu Quoc Island. The island has attracted 189 of the 242 tourism projects of the province over the past five years, including 37 currently operational ones worth over 1.8 trillion VND (83.1 million USD), mainly hotels, resorts and shopping malls. A highlight is the 300-hectare Vinpearl Phu Quoc eco-tourism complex which offers a 750-room five star hotel, an entertainment centre and a world class golf course. This year, the province expects to have 370 accommodation options with 7,750 rooms and suites, 71 percent higher than 2010, including twelve 3-5 … [Read more...]

Social News 15/6

Binh Thuan: 714,000 USD to surmount water shortages The southern central province of Binh Thuan is set to spend 15 billion VND (714,000 USD) to support localities to surmount water shortages caused by prolonged drought. The amount will be spent on supporting local people to buy tap water; drill wells; purchase water pumps; invest in water pipes and build water supply works. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, water levels in 16 reservoirs in the province have plunged to alarmingly low levels of 10-30 percent. The Ham Tan and Tuy Phong communes are the hardest hit localities by drought with nearly 40,000 people and 1,000 hectares of cultivated crops affected by water shortages. As of June 6, eight water supply projects in the districts of Ham Tan, Tuy Phong, Ham Thuan Bac and Tanh Linh had to cease operations due to insufficient water. Due to water shortages, local people have to buy water from 60,000 VND (2.9 USD) to over 100,000 VND (4.8 … [Read more...]

CAS technology to preserve Vietnam’s farm produce

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) uses the cell alive system (CAS) and the Japanese advanced technology to preserve farm produce, but provincial authorities know nothing about the technology and farmers continue throwing fruit away. MST Minister Nguyen Quan revealed during a TV news program in June 2014 that 10 tons of Luc Ngan litchis shipped to Japan will be preserved with CAS, a modern technology transferred by Japan. The information excited Vietnamese farmers. They usually have to throw farm produce away when they have bumper crops because of oversupply, while they cannot preserve the produce for a long time to sell for better prices. This was the second time Quan mentioned the preservation technology. The first time was a year before, in June 2013, when he said Vietnam planned to spend $1 million on utilizing the advanced technology. Dr. Tran Ngoc Lan, an MST’s senior official, said CAS is a line of commercial freezers that preserve … [Read more...]

Dong Nai exports over 3,200 tonnes of peppercorn in five months

Farmers are harvesting peppercorn (Photo: VNA) The southern province of Dong Nai exported over 3,200 tonnes of peppercorn in the first five months of this year, raking in more than 31 million USD, up 18 percent in volume and 50 percent in value. Pepper farmers in Cam My and Xuan Loc districts and Long Khanh township are embracing Global Gap, an internationally recognised set of farm standards dedicated to Good Agricultural Practice (GAP). In Cam My alone, over 10ha of pepper have been earmarked for Global Gap farming, with the end products fetching 10,000 – 20,000 VND (0.47- 0.95 USD) per kilo higher than those grown in conventional farming. Cam My has also been chosen for a large-scale model pepper farm covering 170ha in accordance with the Global GAP standards. It is also home to over 1,700ha of pepper, or 30 percent of the total pepper area in the province, said Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pham Minh Dao. Dong Nai … [Read more...]

Dong Nai works with Japan to grow, process super sorghum

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Super sorghum plants (Photo: tuoitre) The People’s Committee of southern Dong Nai province will cooperate with a Japanese company to grow super sorghum and build a series of factories to process this productive and multi-purpose plant. With its high nutrition content and productivity of 180-300 tonnes per hectare every year, super sorghum can be used to produce food for dairy and beef cattle and its stalk can be processed into sugar and ethanol. The project will be implemented through 2017, according to the project’s investor – the joint venture of Japan’s SOL Holdings Corp. and the NTS Partners Co. Ltd. In phase one, 1,000 hectares of super sorghum will be grown and two factories capable of producing 45,000 tonnes of bio-pellets a year and one animal food plant with an annual capacity of 30,000 tonnes will be constructed. Super sorghum areas will be expanded to 10,000 hectares and an ethanol biofuel plant will be constructed in phase two, said a … [Read more...]

Kien Giang’s new rural development goes hand in hand with environmental protection

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Photo: baovanhoa.vn (VOVworld) – Farmers in Tan Hiep district, Kien Giang province have restructured their farming models to make full use of land resources, animal feeds, and husbandry by-products while addressing issues related to animal husbandry waste. This has contributed to improving productivity, protecting local living environment, and reducing greenhouse effects caused by agriculture. VOV’s Lam Hieu reports… Vo Minh Chieu and his family in Thach Dong A commune, Tan Hiep district, has changed their traditional farming models on their 10 ha rice cultivation after attending a training workshop on the impacts of climate change and rising sea level on agriculture. By adopting the 1 Must- 6 Reductions practices, including less seeding density, less fertilizer and pesticide application, and alternative wetting and drying water management, local rice farmers reduce their input costs while maintaining or improving yields, and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. … [Read more...]

Social News 11/6

Hanoi’s first urban rail route trains cost US$63 million The Ministry of Transport says it plans to spend US$63 million on procuring Chinese-made trains for Hanoi’s first urban rail route from Cat Linh to Ha Dong. The package includes 13 trains, each of which is composed of four carriages, manufactured by the Beijing Subway Rolling Stock Equipment Company. The transport ministry says the Chinese contractor has offered five train designs, which will be made public to collect feedback from experts and the public. The Cat Linh-Ha Dong line runs 13.05 kilometres on a 1435mm track through 12 elevated stations, including two transit stations at Cat Linh and the Vietnam National University on Nguyen Trai Street. The depot area is located at Yen Nghia Station, covering an area of 19.6 hectares. Under the initial plan, the line was scheduled to be put into operation in the second quarter of 2015 but has been delayed until the first quarter of 2016. The total cost for the … [Read more...]

Binh Thuan: 714,000 USD to surmount water shortages

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Prolonged drought in southern central province of Binh Thuan. (Photo: VNA) The southern central province of Binh Thuan is set to spend 15 billion VND (714,000 USD) to support localities to surmount water shortages caused by prolonged drought. The amount will be spent on supporting local people to buy tap water; drill wells; purchase water pumps; invest in water pipes and build water supply works. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, water levels in 16 reservoirs in the province have plunged to alarmingly low levels of 10-30 percent. The Ham Tan and Tuy Phong communes are the hardest hit localities by drought with nearly 40,000 people and 1,000 hectares of cultivated crops affected by water shortages. As of June 6, eight water supply projects in the districts of Ham Tan, Tuy Phong, Ham Thuan Bac and Tanh Linh had to cease operations due to insufficient water. Due to water shortages, local people have to buy water from 60,000 VND (2.9 … [Read more...]

Binh Dinh: Nearly 38 bln VND for calamity management project

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The project will cover embankment upgrades, reservoir repairs and dyke construction. (Photo: VNA) The central coastal province of Binh Dinh will invest nearly 38 billion VND (1.77 million USD) in 2015 to carry out the Natural Disaster Risk Management Project, according to Nguyen Huu Vui, Vice Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Of the figure, nearly 30 billion VND (1.4 million USD) will be sourced from the World Bank and the remaining from corresponding provincial capital. The project will cover embankment upgrades along the Kon River flowing across An Nhon town and Tuy Phuoc district, Ho Nui Mot reservoir repairs and the construction of an embankment in Nhon An commune and a dyke along the Ha Thanh River. The project has created favourable conditions for districts in the province to repair eroded embankments which threaten production and livelihoods in the locality, said an agricultural official in Tuy Phuoc district.-VNA … [Read more...]