A jackfruit garden which was successfully transferred from ineffective rice field in the Mekong Delta. — Photo baomoi.com HÀ NỘI — More than 12,500ha of ineffective rice area in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta has been successfully transformed into fruit area so far this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). More than 4,700ha of the area is jackfruit, more than 1,400ha of it is mango, more than 1,400ha is orange and more than 1,200ha is dragon fruit. Durians bring the highest profits with about VNĐ910 million (US$39,500) per hectare whereas grapefruits, oranges and dragon fruits bring about VNĐ500 million ($21,700) per hectare. All are much more profitable than rice. MARD warns that by the end of this year and the beginning of next year, drought and salt intrusion will increase, thus local residents and authorities should prepare preventive measures to protect the fruit gardens. … [Read more...] about Ineffective rice fields successfully transformed into fruit gardens
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She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
by Nguyễn Mỹ Hà When the temperature starts to drop to 20 degrees Celsius, little sidewalk furnaces are fired up to cook winter snacks: pancakes with banana, sweet potatoes, and in recent years, sweet corn. The recipe for pancakes could not be simpler with cheap ingredients used to create crispy, comforting and affordable snacks for the city's school children, struggling students and even successful adults longing for their more modest student past. We had a chance to attend a cooking demonstration with Poland's Masterchef 2018 Ola Nguyễn recently at the most iconic cooking venue one can think of in the capital: Hà Nội Legend Metropole Hotel. She was teaching how to cook apple crêpe, Polish style. "This is very easy and the food we have is very warm, comforting and delicious," she said as she selected green apples and started to peel them. Poland is among the top ten apple exporters in the world, with the majority … [Read more...] about Pancakes: East meets West
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Photo: VNA) Moscow (VNA) – As strategic partners, Vietnam and Russia have maintained fruitful political dialogues and effective cooperation in different spheres, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview to the press ahead of his official trip to Vietnam from February 24-25. Lavrov affirmed that Russia has been coordinating closely with Vietnam in international issues at the United Nations and regional mechanisms as well as within the framework of the strategic partnership between Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN). According to the minister, Vietnam-Russia trade exceeded 6 billion USD last year, and Vietnam is currently one of the nations with the largest numbers of students in Russia, standing at 6,000, of whom 2,000 have received scholarships from Russia. Highlighting that military technical cooperation plays an important role in the bilateral ties, he said Russia is willing to meet … [Read more...] about Russian Foreign Minister praises growing Vietnam-Russia ties
Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh (R) and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong (C) at the conference on the EVFTA held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21 (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Overcoming tariff barriers doesn’t mean Vietnamese good and services can easily enter the European Union (EU), but they still have to satisfy strict non-tariff requirements of what is one of the world’s most demanding markets, according to Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh. The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was signed in Hanoi on June 30. Once taking effect, it will eliminate 99 percent of the import tariff lines between the two sides in 7-10 years. This is the highest commitment level Vietnam has received among the FTAs it has inked. Notably, many commodities will benefit from the zero-percent tariffs immediately after the deal becomes effective such as coffee, peppercorn, honey and aquatic products. At a conference … [Read more...] about Tariff removal doesn’t mean easy entrance into EU market: minister