Delta handicrafts survive crisis thanks to modern machinery (08-04-2009) Straw mats are produced in Dinh Yen commune in Dong Thap Province's Lap Vo District, where 90 per cent of the families are mat weavers. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhat Anh CUU LONG — Handicraft villages in the Mekong Delta are thriving despite a drop in local and international sales. The use of modern machines to improve productivity and income has helped the industry to survive, according to many villagers. Bui Van Mot, chairman of Hung Nhuong Ward People's Committee in Ben Tre Province's Giong Trom District, said many food items were no longer made by hand and easily met safety and hygiene standards. The district is famous for making Son Doc rice chips. Son Doc rice chip co-operative employs 21 permament workers and 10 seasonal makers who all earn more than VND100,000 (US$5.7) a day. Dang Thanh Hai, head of the co-operative, said the large chips had become a pupular snack in HCM City, Ha Noi and Hue. … [Read more...] about Delta handicrafts survive crisis thanks to modern machinery
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BTO - Summer is an important season for tourism industry to attract visitors. This time, many resorts have started their own programmes to impress tourists. In March, although the economy is volatile, tourist volume to Phan Thiet city has been high, about 240,000 arrivals, including 39,000 foreign tourists, an increase of 16.3% over the same period in 2010. The estimated revenue is about VND 304,332 billion, an increase of 63.82% over the same period. There have been 2 more tourism projects approved, an accumulation of 409 projects in effect which have been allocated 3,129.5 hectares of land and the total registered capital of VND 26,129.7 billion. Currently, tourism popularization and promotion have been implemented continuously, including promoting the image of Binh Thuan tourism at the Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT) (in Russia) and Ho Chi Minh city tourism day 2011. These activities have been considered chances to affirm the position of Binh Thuan … [Read more...] about Tourism season starts
An employee holds up a sample of black pepper that has gone through a machine that tumbles and rounds out the seeds, at the Pacific Basin Partnership Inc. processing plant in Hanoi, Vietnam. … [Read more...] about World’s oldest spice bears Vietnam modern riche
Farmers work on a terraced paddy field for the new rice season in Vietnam's northern Mu Cang Chai District, 360 km (225 miles) northwest of Hanoi. PHOTO: REUTERS Right now, 870 million people in the world are hungry. In Vietnam alone, an estimated 11.5 million people—14 percent of the population—do not get enough to eat. The United Nations reports that many countries are on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal of halving their 1990 rates of hunger by 2015. But before the world gives itself a collective pat on the back, it's important to realize nearly one in eight people are still hungry. National and international leaders, farmers groups, and research organizations need to find solutions that really nourish the world, while improving farmer incomes, empowering youth and women, and protecting the environment. And with 2014 having been declared the International Year of Family Farming by the United Nations, the time to act is now. And these solutions … [Read more...] about Family farmers can feed the world – why are we looking elsewhere?
Keppel Scholars' Appreciation ConcertExhibition "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" Opening: Fri 30 Sep, 6.30 pm Artists' Talk: Sun 2 Oct, 3 pm Exhibition: 30 Sep - 15 Nov 2011 The Bui Gallery, 23 Ngo Van So St., Hanoi, Vietnam The Bui Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Love' showing work on paper by Truong Tan, Nguyen Minh Thanh, Nguyen Quang Huy, Tracey Emin and Louis Bourgeois. Like the collection of short stories by Raymond Carver, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love", the works in this exhibition are reflections on love - drifting between the language of simplicity and that which manifests itself when confronting those complex emotions, individualities, solitude and overwhelming passion. The women in Quang Huy's new paintings are suffocating between crumbling reality and their shattered dreams, but appearing as magnetic angels, intriguing and magnificent, they fight for the name of love. With Minh … [Read more...] about EVENTS ON OCTOBER 1-7