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...]

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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...]

Lotte in deal to buy Lam Dong farm produce

Quoc Hung Vu Van Tu (L), director of the Lam Dong Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Center, and Hong Won Sik, general director of Lotte Vietnam, at the signing ceremony - PHOTO: LOTTE MART Under the cooperation deal signed last week, the center will build a bridge between Lotte and producers and processors of vegetables, fruit and food in Dalat City in the Central Highlands province. The South Korean company will sign contracts to buy the products from enterprises in Lam Dong Province for distribution at Lotte Mart stores and promote farm produce of the province. Stores of Lotte Mart will open sections to showcase the province’s products. Lotte will support suppliers of Lam Dong Province to transport vegetables, fruit and food to Lotte Mart stores via a distribution facility in Duc Trong District in the province. In response, the enterprises of Lam Dong province will have to supply products meeting quality requirements and grown under VietGAP (Good Agricultural … [Read more...]

Lotte Mart inks deal to buy Da Lat vegetables, fruits

Vu Van Tu (first left), director of the Lam Dong Province Department of Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Centre and Hong Won Sik (first right) , director of Lotte Viet Nam Shopping Co., Ltd, at the signing ceremony. – Photo courtesy of Lotte Mart HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — The Korean-owned Lotte Mart supermarket chain is set to buy Da Lat farm produce. Lotte Viet Nam Shopping Co., Ltd signed an agreement with the Lam Dong Province Department of Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Centre to buy vegetables, fruits, and food products for distribution at Lotte Mart stores. The company requires producers and suppliers to ensure product quality and follow Viet Nam Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) standards in their production. Lam Dong is the biggest vegetable and flower growing area in the country with over 53,000 hectares producing nearly 1.8 million tonnes of vegetables. The deal will help create a stable outlet for provincial farmers. — VNS … [Read more...]

Da Lat farm produce sold at Lotte supermarkets

A farmer harvest strawberries in Lam Dong (Photo: VNA) Da Lat farm produce and food will be sold at Lotte supermarkets as part of a cooperation agreement between the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong’s Trade, Investment and Tourism Centre and the Republic of Korea’s Lotte Mart signed on April 9. The two sides agreed to bridge local businesses which specialise in manufacturing and processing vegetables, fruits, and food with the 10 Lotte supermarkets in Vietnam . Lam Dong agriculture enterprises will be able to sign direct contracts with the RoK company to bring local farm produce to consumers across the country and receive support in goods transport. Lotte supermarkets will reserve spaces offering Da Lat agricultural products abiding by the Vietnam Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP)’s manufacturing process. Lam Dong is the biggest vegetable and flower growing area in the country with over 53,000 hectares of vegetables and 7,400 hectares of flowers, … [Read more...]

Vietnam continues to be Japan’s largest ODA partner

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will maintain close coordination with the Vietnamese Government as the biggest official development assistance (ODA) partner of Japan, according to JICA Representative Chief Mori Mutsuya. Speaking at an annual press conference in Hanoi on April 1, he revealed that his agency will work with Vietnam in 13 new technical cooperation projects and hold 83 training courses in the 2015 fiscal year, focusing mainly on infrastructure and urban transport development, social affairs and the enhancement of global competitiveness. Vietnam is currently the largest recipient of official development assistance (ODA) from Japan , he said, adding that JICA is currently implementing over 150 technical and loan cooperation projects in the Southeast Asian country. Vietnam and Japan have signed a loan agreement of 36.3 billion JPY (302.4 million USD) for the second phase of construction of the Thai Binh thermal power plant and the power transmission … [Read more...]

Vietnam continues to be largest ODA partner of Japan

Vietnam continues to be largest ODA partner of Japan. (Photo: VNA) The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will maintain close coordination with the Vietnamese Government as the biggest official development assistance (ODA) partner of Japan , according to JICA Representative Chief Mori Mutsuya. Speaking at an annual press conference in Hanoi on April 1, he revealed that his agency will work with Vietnam in 13 new technical cooperation projects and hold 83 training courses in the 2015 fiscal year, focusing mainly on infrastructure and urban transport development, social affairs and the enhancement of global competitiveness. Vietnam is currently the largest recipient of official development assistance (ODA) from Japan , he said, adding that JICA is currently implementing over 150 technical and loan cooperation projects in the Southeast Asian country. Vietnam and Japan have signed a loan agreement of 36.3 billion JPY (302.4 million USD) for the second phase of … [Read more...]

PPP model successfully piloted in Vietnam’s agricultural sector

A coffee project that joins the programme. — File Photo Since 2011, after Vietnam joined with 12 global companies to launch a public-private partnership (PPP) programme, the country's agricultural output has risen by an average of 3 per cent a year. Over the same period, agricultural production costs have fallen by an average of 2 per cent annually, thanks to technology transfers under the programme, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cao Duc Phat said during a recent interview with The Nation. He said Vietnam had begun the project after participating in the "World Economic Forum (WEF)" in 2010, at which it was suggested that the PPP model be used in agriculture by Asian countries. The goal of the PPP programme is to increase Asian agricultural output by at least 20 per cent, reduce production costs by 20 per cent, and lower carbon-dioxide emissions by about 20 per cent - all by 2020. Vietnam joined with 12 global companies to launch a public-private task force … [Read more...]

Hai Duong lychees win US order

Farmers in Hai Duong Province's Thanh Thuy Commune are preparing to export their first lychee crop to the US. Farmers transport lychees from Bac Giang Province to different areas. This year, farmers in Hai Duong Province's Thanh Thuy Commune are preparing to make their first lychee shipment to the US. — VNA/VNS Photo Viet Hung One of the busy lychee farmers, Nguyen Thi Lua, was among 87 households in the commune chosen for a lychee-export programme, under which agricultural officials would give her technical support, guidance and safe pesticides to use. She signed a commitment to follow the Vietnamese good agricultural practice (VietGAP) standards, which meant not using pesticides that contained banned substances. Her family has 19 lychee trees, which yielded 1.5 tonnes of lychee in 2014. Thanh Thuy Commune has 25 hectares of lychee under the VietGap standards, including 10 hectares for export to the US. Hai Duong Province has 10,500 hectares of lychee, and uses the VietGAP … [Read more...]

Vietnam firms reap success through branding

(VOV) - The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) recently unveiled that as of December 31, 2014 it had approved 930 outward foreign direct investment (FDI) projects registered at VND14.85 billion. In calendar year 2014 alone, the MPI reported it approved domestic businesses request for 90 new and supplementary outward investment projects calling for total investment of US$4.93 billion. According to the report, Vietnamese businesses chiefly focused on investment projects in telecommunication sector followed by the agro-forestry-fishery sectors. It also reported that many Vietnamese businesses are achieving a high level of success competing in overseas markets. Vinamilk – Vietnam’s largest milk producer – is one of the success stories. With an aggressive overseas marketing campaign aimed at developing its brand, the company reportedly is on target to realising US$3 billion in overseas revenue by 2017. One of its more high profile projects is a US$3 billion … [Read more...]

Sustainable development goes along with building a brand for Vietnamese coffee

Women pick coffee beans in Buon Ma Thuoät City. Coffee cultivation areas are to be limited to 500,000ha. (VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet) (VOVworld) – Vietnam is the world’s second largest coffee exporter and leads the world in Robusta production and export. But Vietnam’s exported coffee remains in the form of unprocessed beans with no added value. This is an issue the government and the coffee sector are paying close attention to, hoping to improve the brand of Vietnamese coffee. Vietnam has more than 640,000 hectares of coffee plantation, mainly in the Central Highlands, and its coffee is exported to 60 countries worldwide. Last year the industry brought Vietnam some 3.4 billion USD in revenue. But the Vietnamese coffee sector is facing several unsolved problems including unstable growing scale, aging coffee trees, poor quality control, and outdated processing technology. FDI enterprises currently collect 60 percent of Vietnam’s total output, which means … [Read more...]