Experts suggest more fruit cultivation

Experts suggest more fruit cultivation (21-07-2009) A farmer harvests mandarin oranges in Lai Vung District of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Dong Thap. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Tri HCM CITY — Dedicating large areas to growing certain special varieties of fruit trees will help Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces exploit the massive global demand for fruits, experts have said. The Cultivation Department expects the global demand for fruit to grow 24 per cent in the next decade from around 2.9 million tonnes now. The US and the EU are expected to remain the biggest importers, consuming around 70 per cent. It says Viet Nam harvests around 6.5 million tonnes of fruit annually, 46 per cent of which is grown in the delta, including many special varieties that are highly popular in the domestic and overseas markets. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has already nominated nine of the special varieties for development in the delta for export. Five of them — Nam … [Read more...]

$2b in fruit and vegetable exports expected

Many other markets such as the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada have had high demand for the Vietnamese buoi hong da xanh (green-peel and pink-flesh) grapefruit. — File Photo HA NOI (Biz Hub) – Viet Nam expects to reach a total export value of US$2 billion for fruits and vegetables this year, an official of the Viet Nam Vegetable and Fruit Association (Vinafruit) said. Huynh Quang Dau, Vinafruit deputy chairman, said Viet Nam's export value of fruits and vegetables had seen strong growth in recent times, reported kinhtenongthon.com.vn. The export value reached $1.47 billion in 2014, much higher than the $500 million earned in 2013, due to the expansion of the export market. In the first quarter of this year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said the nation had gained a year-on-year increase of 13 per cent in the export value of fruits and vegetables, amounting to $274 million. The Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute said … [Read more...]

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Japan calls for better development strategies Viet Nam needs to solve its problems of infrastructure development, human resources and institutions and policies to strengthen its industrialisation strategy from the perspective of Japanese industrial cooperation. This opinion was voiced by Japanese Ambassador to Viet Nam Yasuaki Tanizaki at the international conference on Viet Nam-Japan strategic co-operation to improve Viet Nam's industrial capacity, held in Ha Noi yesterday. At the conference, the State management agencies, scientists, Vietnamese and Japanese businesses examined the impact of Japanese investment on Viet Nam's industrial development, as well as challenges and solutions to industrial production in the country. Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said that Japan was the most important partner country for Viet Nam with regard to foreign direct investment (FDI) as well as official development assistance (ODA) in the … [Read more...]

Blue dragon fruit prices soar in Tien Giang Province

Traders are paying a record high price of VND23,000-25,000 a kilogram for blue dragon fruit in Cho Gao District in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, which specializes in growing blue dragon fruit. Blue dragon fruit being packed in Quon Long Commune of Cho Gao District in Tien Giang Province (Photo: VNA) Several traders have paid in advance at VND17,00-18,000 a kilogram for unripe blue dragon in Quon Long Commune in Cho Gao District. Tien Giang Province has more than 2,500 hectares of blue dragon cultivation with total output of nearly 40,000 tons a year, concentrated mainly in Cho Gao District. Blue dragon is one of seven fruits with a competitive advantage in Tien Giang Province and is moving to further enhance both quality and grip in the market. According to the Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute, blue dragon is an export fruit commodity with the highest and very steady growth rate. … [Read more...]

Australian expert praises Vietnam’s fruit trees

An Australian agricultural research expert has highlighted the quality of Vietnam's fruit trees and the country's achievements in creating high-quality fruit varieties for export. The CEO of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Nick Austin, made the statement after working with the Southern Fruit Trees Research Institute and attending Vietnam 's first fruit festival being held in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang from April 19-24. Austin also visited labs and test-growing areas of the Southern Fruit Trees Research Institute and trial bio-fertiliser fields in Cai Lay district. Agriculture cooperation is an important aspect in the Vietnam - Australia relationship. During the visit, Austin is scheduled to hold working sessions with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Planning and Investment along with agricultural research institutes on donor cooperation in research and development in Vietnamese agriculture and … [Read more...]

Regulations on exporting fruit to China only positive step

While farmers fear that they will meet difficulties in exporting fruit to China after July 1, 2009, government agencies have reassured them that the application of the regulations on tracing origins will benefit consumers of the two countries. Under the agreement signed between the two countries, Vietnamese fruit exported to China as of July 1 must have clean 'resumes' and meet stipulated requirements on food hygiene. While farmers complain about the complicated procedures they have to follow to export fruit to China, government agencies say that this should have been implemented a long time ago, as it benefits consumers and producers. According to Dr Nguyen Minh Chau, Head of the Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute, the requirements set by the Chinese side are the Viet GAP and Global GAP requirements which are applied in many countries in the world. The origin tracing of fruit is international practice, and it seems to be a bit late that the requirements are only now beginning … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Grapefruit Not Linked to Cancer

Dr. Nguyen Chan Hung, Director of the Tumors Hospital cum Chairman of the Cancer Association of Viet Nam, advised people to continue eating Vietnamese grapefruit in a talk with Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reporters. The talk took place after the mass media recently reported that daily grapefruit consumption raises women's risk of breast cancer based on research by foreign scientists. Scientists at the Universities of Southern California say that Citrus Paradisi may raise women's risk of breast cancer Dr. Hung said that a study pertaining to the matter by scientists at the Universities of Southern California in Los Angeles and Hawaii in Honolulu was released on the Cancer Research UK website. The study reported that eating as little as a quarter of a grapefruit a day may increase the risk of breast cancer in menopausal women. The findings come from data on 46,000 women taking part in a large lifestyle study of people from five ethnic/racial groups, 1,657 of whom had been diagnosed … [Read more...]

Closer co-operation could increase fruit production

Closer co-operation could increase fruit production (18-02-2006) HCM CITY — A closer link between farmers, local authorities, businesses and scientists would strengthen local fruit production, boosting Viet Nam's domestic and overseas sales. Vietnamese consumers tend to buy foreign fruits rather than those from Viet Nam, citing better quality and more colourful products, scientists said. Scientists however said that Vietnamese fruits are as tasty as their foreign counterparts, but advantages are being lost, as they are not grown with advanced methods of cultivation dependent on co-operation between farmers, local authorities, businesses, and scientists. The Southern Fruit Tree Research Institute (SFTRI) said that the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, the country's rice and fruit basket, now has about 300,000 ha under fruit trees, but has no area specialising in cultivating fruit trees. Each local farming household in the delta has its own orchard and decides to plant whatever fruit … [Read more...]

For sweet fruit crops

Over the past ten years, the Southern Fruit-Tree Research Institute has obtained important achievements, thus contributing to the development of the two largest fruit-tree growing areas in the country, including the Mekong River delta and the eastern Nam Bo (Southern Vietnam), increasing the fruit-tree area in the South to nearly 400,000 ha, accounting for 50 percent of that (about 750,000 ha) in the whole country. The Institute's experimental houses where many high-yield varieties being created. The Institute's scientific cadres checking the quality of longan. The Institute's bio-technological laboratory. Japanese entomologist Ichonose exchanging his experiences with the Institute's scientific cadres. The Institute's multiplying garden which provides many rare and precious varieties to southern areas. Over the past ten years, the Southern Fruit-Tree Research Institute has obtained important achievements, thus contributing to the development of the two largest fruit-tree growing … [Read more...]

Improving fruit quality for export development

(VEN) - The Mekong Delta is well suited for fruit tree cultivation. There are more than 300,000 hectares of fruit trees in the region. It is renowned for its Hoa Loc mango, Lai Vung mandarin orange, Nam Roi pomelo, Lo Ren star apple, Chin Hoa durian and Cai Mon rambutan. Although these high quality products are renowned their export still faces difficulties.Forming areas specializing in fruit tree cultivation The Government had a plan for forming areas specializing in fruit tree cultivation nationwide in 1999, giving priority to the Mekong Delta. Many fruit tree co-operatives, including Hoa Loc Mango Co-operative in Cai Be District in Tien Giang Province, Vinh Kim Lo Ren Star Apple Co-operative in Tien Giang Province, Lai Vung Mandarin Orange Co-operative in Dong Thap Province and others, were operating less effectively. Without a proper interpretation of benefits to be brought in by satisfaction of VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards, farmers in the region were not willing to apply these … [Read more...]

Vietnamese star apple proposed for world record

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(VOV) - The Vietnam Record Organization has submitted a profile to the Asian Record Organization and the Guinness World Record Organization to recognise '"Vietnam as the only country in the world that exports star apples.'" Top ten Vietnamese dishes win Asian records The star apple has been used for centuries and the Lo Ren star apple is a favourite variety with customers around the world. The Vinh Kim Lo Ren Star Apple Co-operative exports more than 10 tonnes of star apples to the UK and Canada each year. It plans to ship 50 tonnes to Russia and Germany alone in 2012. Businesses in the southern provinces are expanding to export the fruit to the US and other countries in Asia. Vietnam is currently the only country in the world that is exporting the fruit. Other countries such as Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Thailand and Australia plant star apples only for domestic use. … [Read more...]

World Bank supports Vietnam’s food safety project

Health officials inspect a slaughterhouse in Vietnam. Photo: OMARD The World Bank has approved additional funding of US$45 million for a project to improve livestock competitiveness and food safety in some Vietnamese provinces. The funding aimed to consolidate the project’s initial achievements and expand good agricultural practices to other localities, said Vo Thanh Son, the bank's senior expert on rural development. The project was first approved in September 2009, with the International Development Association (IDA) providing $65.26 million and the Vietnamese government contributing $13.77 million. The project has so far contributed to food safety by helping 124 small slaughterhouses improve meat safety through inspections and testing for bacteria. In addition, it assisted 23 medium and large slaughterhouses in upgrading their meat handling and sales facilities and practices to meet national food safety standards. … [Read more...]

50,000 coffee farmers backed to better use water

Tran Thu A farmer in Cu M’gar District of Daklak Province waters coffee trees in his farm - PHOTO: NESTLÉ Nestlé will carry out the project "More coffee with less water - towards a reduction of the blue water footprint in coffee production" in Daklak, Dak Nong, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Lam Dong provinces in coordination with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Germany-based EDE and Vietnamese partners. The project was launched in April and will run over five years after a pilot model was developed for the region, according to Nestlé. The project aims to enhance the water management capacity for farmers via studies on water resources and demand, set up an early warning system for weather conditions to help farmers optimize farming, and provide training on good agricultural practices (GAP) and efficient watering for 50,000 farmers. This year, the project will provide courses for 30 trainers and 2,000 farmers and help establish six … [Read more...]

Social News 29/6

Police raid bar in HCM City Inside Canalis Bar. Police caught more than 10 people with drugs as they raided the Canalis Bar in District 3, HCM City, at early hours yesterday. As many as 250 customers were present in the bar during the raid and many of them failed to show any identity papers. Police also checked the motorbikes and automobiles of customers and reportedly found weapons. No immediate penalty on taxis without black boxes The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has proposed the Government to defer imposing penalty on taxis lacking black boxes or with malfunctioning black boxes. Earlier, it was scheduled that the owners of taxis without black boxes, an itinerary supervising device, will be penalised from the beginning of next month. The MOT said that some localities have failed to complete the installation of black boxes on transport vehicles. The Viet Nam Automobile Transportation Association said that the number of taxis in the country has been huge, nearly 60,000, which … [Read more...]

Hanoi seeks supply of safe fruit, vegetables

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the People's Committee of Hanoi are implementing a programme to ensure supplies of safe vegetables and meat. The two organisations believe that this can be achieved by clearly identifying the origin of products, raising the responsibility of producers and businesses as well the general public. Hanoi currently meets only about 40 percent of demand for vegetables and meat, the rest must be imported from other regions. The city consumes about 800-1,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables per day and 1,000 tonnes of meat. Despite a huge demand for healthy, clean produce, vegetables meeting Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGap) standards are in short supply in the marketplace. Moreover, applying GAP creates a number of difficulties in market development, organisation and management due to small-scale and scattered production. Bui Nhu Y, Deputy Director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department in northern … [Read more...]

Ha Noi seeks supply of safe fruit, vegetables

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the People's Committee of Ha Noi are implementing a programme to ensure supplies of safe vegetables and meat. The two organisations believe that this can be achieved by clearly identifying the origin of products, raising the responsibility of producers and businesses as well the general public. Ha Noi currently meets only about 40 per cent of demand for vegetables and meat, the rest must be imported from other regions. The city consumes about 800-1,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables per day and 1,000 tonnes of meat Despite a huge demand for healthy, clean produce, vegetables meeting Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGap) standards are in short supply in the marketplace. Moreover, applying GAP creates a number of difficulties in market development, organisation and management due to small-scale and scattered production. Bui Nhu Y, deputy director of the Agriculture and Rural Development … [Read more...]

WB helps improve food hygiene and safety

The World Bank (WB) Board of Governors approved additional funding of US$45 million through the project ‘Improving the competitive capability and food safety’ in Vietnam on June 27. Vo Thanh Son, senior expert on rural development at the WB and a team leader of the project, said the additional funding aimed to consolidate the project’s initial achievements and expand good agricultural practices to other localities. The project was first approved in September 2009, with the International Development Association (IDA) providing US$65.26 million and the Government of Vietnam contributing US$13.77 million. The project aims to increase the effectiveness of small-scale animal husbandry, reduce the adverse impacts of livestock on the environment, improve processing procedures, and boost food safety throughout the supply chain. The project has so far helped upgrade 124 small-scale abattoirs and improve hygiene standards in 23 medium- and large-scale abattoirs. It also … [Read more...]

World Bank helps improve food hygiene and safety

A slaughter house in Da Nang (Photo: VNA) The World Bank’s Board of Governors approved additional funding of 45 million USD through the project ‘Improving the competitive capability and food safety’ in Vietnam on June 27. Vo Thanh Son, senior expert on rural development at the WB and a team leader of the project, said the additional funding aimed to consolidate the project’s initial achievements and expand good agricultural practices to other localities. The project was first approved in September 2009, with t he International Development Association ( IDA ) providing 65.26 million USD and the Government of Vietnam contributing 13.77 million USD. The project aims to increase the effectiveness of small-scale animal husbandry, reduce the adverse impacts of livestock on the environment, improve processing procedures, and boost food safety throughout the supply chain. The project has so far helped upgrade 124 small-scale abattoirs and improve hygiene … [Read more...]

Coffee growers receive support for effective water resource management

Coffee farming households in five Vietnamese Central Highlands provinces have recently benefitted from the project ‘More coffee with less water- towards a reduction of the blue water footprint in coffee production’, funded by Nestlé Corporation and the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC), with support from German EDE Consulting and many other local partners, including the Western Highlands Agriculture and Forestry Sciences Institute (WASI). After a period of survey and test implementation, the project was officially kicked off in April this year and will run through to 2019. The overall goal of the project- valued two million euros in the total funding- is to ensure equitable and sufficient water availability for all water users in Vietnam’s Central Highlands and to obtain pivotal water savings through improved irrigation management in the coffee sector. Also, the project aims to reach out to a critical mass of farmers, and hence to improve … [Read more...]

Kien Giang picks shrimp, rice for farm restructuring

HCM CITY (VNS) — Kien Giang Province, the country's largest rice producer, has chosen rice and brackish-water shrimp as major products for agricultural restructuring. Mai An Nhin, deputy chairman of the provincial People's Committee, said the area for rice cultivation would remain the same, but that crops would be rotated on paddy fields. Areas unsuited to rice cultivation would be used to grow vegetables and cash crops. This year, the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development plans to shift 4,000ha devoted to rice cultivation to corn, soybean and sesame. Kien Giang has converted 135ha of fields from rice to corn and 379 ha from rice to sesame this year, mostly in Giang Thanh and Hon Dat districts. Farmers who participate in rotating crops on paddy fields will be given financial support of 60 per cent to buy seedlings and 30 per cent to buy material inputs. They will also receive training in farming techniques. Nguyen Van Tam, the department director, said … [Read more...]