Japanese retail giant Aeon buys into local competitors

Japanese retail group Aeon has recently established a joint venture with two large supermarket chains in Vietnam by buying a large stake in them. Accordingly, Aeon has decided to buy a 30 percent stake in Hanoi-based Fivimart and 49 percent of Ho Chi Minh City-based Citimart, according to Nikkei Asian Review newswire. However, Aeon did not disclose the value of the deals. Fivimart currently has 20 supermarkets in the capital city of Hanoi, while Citimart has 27 supermarkets, mainly in the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City. The annual profits of the two local retailing groups are in the range of US$45.1 million to $47.6 million, according to Aeon. Aeon said it would boost the process of studying Vietnam's retail market as well as its business operations there, and shared experience of quality management and logistics operations with the local partners. Aeon officially opened its first mall in Tan Phu District in Ho Chi Minh City in January 2014, and cut the ribbon … [Read more...]

The first person to fetch the powder pepper cassava to Phu Yen

Mr. Bui Van Nhuong in Duc Binh Dong commune (Song Hinh district), is the very first person in Phu Yen that came to Tay Ninh province to fetch the breed of powered pepper cassava KM419 for planting here in Phu Yen. This breed is commonly called Agro-forestry power pepper cassava by those inhabitants in Dong Nai, Dak Lak and Phu Yen. This breed does bring about high productivity and economic efficiency. Mr. Bui Van Nhuong (Second right) with the new model of planting cassava Mr. Vui Van Nhuong from Ninh Binh came to settle down in Duc Binh Dong commune and has gained the 15-year-experience in planting cassava within the area of 20ha. Previously, he mainly planted cassava KM94. This is one common type of cassava in Phu Yen but at low yield of merely 17 tons/ha. Recently, the cassava breed KM94 has suffered from the "dragon broom" disease, which reduced both yield and productivity. Therefore, planters have suffered from heavy loss. Realizing the cassava type being incompatible, 5 … [Read more...]

Specialised Farming Areas from Alluvial Soil

A high-tech flower growing area formed in alluvial soil Visiting the 100ha fields of different varieties of flowers in Van Quan Village, Van Khe Commune we could not imagine that it was once an alluvial area of reeds nearby the Red River. Since implementing the programme on new rural construction with a shift of agricultural land, Van Khe has become famous for being one of the largest specialised flower growing areas in Hanoi. Talking with us, Nguyen Van Nhu, Deputy Chairman of Van Khe Commune People’s Committee said that due to rapid urbanisation, the commune’s agricultural land has sharply decreased to 100ha from 300ha, thereby many families did not have land for agricultural production. To settle this issue, the commune granted a license to the locals to reclaim alluvial land along the banks of the Red River. During the first days of farming on the newly-reclaimed land, the farmers faced difficulties in watering their crops. Some families had to drill deep into the … [Read more...]

$12m coffee plant opens in Dong Nai

Vice chairman of the Dong Nai provincial People's Committee, Nguyen Phu Cuong visits the coffee processing plant. — Photo dongnai DONG NAI (Biz Hub) — A US$12 million coffee processing plant was opened by the German group Neumann Gruppe on Monday in the An Phuoc Industrial Zone, Long Thanh District, southern province of Dong Nai. Covering an area of 5ha, by 2017, the plant was designed to process about 26 tonnes of coffee per hour. The product will be exported worldwide. The plant is the second backed by Neumann Gruppe in Viet Nam. The first was constructed in 1992 in southern Binh Duong Province. Vice chairman of the Dong Nai provincial People's Committee, Nguyen Phu Cuong, said he hoped the plant would help expand coffee growing areas. The German group has 46 coffee processing plants in 28 countries. They contribute 10 per cent of global coffee exports. — VNS … [Read more...]

45 Youth Union’s members, youths helping with bridge-building

45 members, youths from the basic Youth Union of the Protection and Mobility Police Division of the Provincial Police and Xuan Long Communal Youth Union (Dong Xuan district) and the residents have completed the wooden bridge across Co river connecting the two villages of Long Hoa and Long My. The fund was comprised of VND 40 million contributed by a number of businesses and citizens and VND 10 million by Xuan Long commune. Members, youths from the unit of Youth Union of the Protection-Mobility Police Division of the Provincial Police and Xuan Long Communal Youth Union (Dong Xuan district) together with the residents erecting the wooden bridge across Co river Previously, the 40-meter bridge was invested nearly VND 60 million by Xuan Long commune and built in 2012 to facilitate people’s travelling. However, in October, 2014, the bridge was swept away by flood, causing disadvantages for the residents including nearly 200 households in Long Hoa commune. Source: Phu Yen … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]

Social News 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [Read more...]

Giving medical examination, donating hundreds of gifts to the poor on Tet occasion

As implementing Plan 68 of the Provincial Standing Committee on deploying the model "Agencies, units help difficult communes, villages and cadres, Party members, officers and employees help poor households", the Provincial Youth Union and Center for submarines security and convalesce under the Logistics Department, Navy in collaboration with Xuan Canh CPC (Song Cau town) hve recently implemented medical examination and distributing medicines to 60 people from policy families in the commune; painting, embellishing martyrs’ cemetery. Leaders of the Provincial Managing Board of key projects donating gifts to people in Xuan Tho 2 commune In addition, Provincial Youth Union granted charity house to poor fisherman Nguyen Minh Ty in Hoa My hamlet, Xuan Canh commune. The house had 53m2 width, construction cost at 80 million dongs, which Provincial Youth union mobilized resources to support 50 million dongs, the remaining amount from counterpart funds of the family. * Also as … [Read more...]

Striving to have 26 communes meet standards for new rural areas

According to the Provincial Steering Committee for new rural area construction, in 2015, the province strives to have 26 new rural standard communes. Illustration photo Accordingly, in the first quarter, striving to have 3 communes, including Binh Ngoc (Tuy Hoa city), Hoa Quang Bac (Phu Hoa district), Hoa Tan Tay (Tay Hoa district); in the third quarter, 11 communes, including: Hoa Tri, Hoa Thang, Hoa An, Hoa Quang Nam (Phu Hoa district); Hoa Phong, Hoa Binh 1 (Tay Hoa district); Hoa Kien, An Phu (Tuy Hoa city); Xuan Canh, Xuan Hai (Song Cau town); Son Nguyen (Son Hoa district); in the fourth quarter, 11 more new rural standard communes, including Xuan Phuoc, Xuan Son Nam (Dong Xuan district); Son Ha, Son Dinh (Son Hoa district); Son Giang, Duc Binh Tay (Song Hinh district); An Cu, An My (Tuy An district); Hoa Tan Dong, Hoa Thanh (Dong Hoa district) and Xuan Loc (Song Cau town). It is known that, so far, Binh Kien (Tuy Hoa city) is the first commune in the province to have … [Read more...]

Gift basket market heats up for upcoming Tet in Ho Chi Minh City

Unlike previous years, the market for gift baskets meant for the upcoming Tet (traditional Lunar New Year) has heated up quite early. Apart from conventional items including confectionery, wine and dried food, Tet gift baskets in recent years also boast vegetables, regional specialties, spices and costly imported food. In previous years, shoppers typically fill the supermarkets for the gift baskets one week prior to Tet. This year’s Tet begins on February 19. Supermarkets and shops in Ho Chi Minh City have seen dozens or hundreds of orders for gift baskets a day so far this year. Supermarkets of the Coop Mart system in districts 1, 10 and Binh Thanh and some other provinces each receive between 500 and 1,000 orders a day. The baskets cost between VND250,000 (US$11.65) to nearly VND2 million ($93) apiece. The supermarkets’ representatives said favorite components of the gift baskets include confectionery, dried food, jam, wine and beverage. Baskets with … [Read more...]

Hanoi to fell 146 old trees for safety reasons

The Hanoi Department of Construction will chop down 146 age-old trees along two streets for safety reasons, a department official said on Friday. >> Ho Chi Minh City to lop 116 trees to upgrade sidewalks near airport The local People's Committee has given the green light to the chopping plan which will be finished by February 15. These trees, named xà cừ (Khaya senegalensis), line Nguyen Trai Street in Thanh Xuan District and Tran Phu Street in Ha Dong District, Tran Trong Hieu, an office chief from the department, said. Xà cừ trees have been planted in Hanoi for nearly 100 years, according to news website VnExpress, which is based in the capital city. Of the 146 trees, 123 are 14-20 meters tall with a diameter of over 50cm, Hieu added. These large and tall trees are leaning toward an elevated railway line abuilding nearby, posing a threat to people and vehicles as they can fall at any time, the official explained. The department already asked the People's Committee … [Read more...]

More than VND 70 million presented to the poor people to welcome Tet holiday

Lien Phuc Nun, Ngoc Tho Vihara (ward 9, Tuy Hoa city) with the Buddhists, philanthropists in Tuy Hoa city has directly given 35 gifts to the families with distress, disadvantaged circumstances, the solitary elderly, victims exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin in ward 3, ward 5, ward 6 (Tuy Hoa city), the communes of Hoa An, Hoa Thang, Hoa Tri, Phu Hoa townlet (Phu Hoa district), Hoa Dong commune, Phu Thu townlet (Tay Hoa district) and Hoa Xuan Tay commune (Dong Hoa district). The difficult circumstances getting help from Ngoc Tho Vihara and philanthropists in Tuy Hoa city Each family was donated VND 2 million in cash and a gift including rice, instant noodles. The total value was VND 70 million, donated by donors, buddhists in Ho Chi Minh city and Tuy Hoa city. Source: Phu Yen Newspaper Translated by TRINH THUY … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 24

Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, January 24, in Vietnamese media. Politics -- As part of his visit to Vietnam, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Vatican’s Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, visited the Da Nang Diocese in the central city of Da Nang on Friday, extending greetings on the 400th anniversary of the evangelization and the 50th founding anniversary of the diocese. He also expressed his hope that local Catholics will continue contributing to the country’s social and economic development. Society -- The late chief of the Vietnam Railway Authority Nguyen Huu Thang, 60, who was found dead hanging in his office in Hanoi on Thursday evening, could have killed himself by hanging, police said on Friday after examining the traces likely caused by strangling left on Thang’s neck and finding a plastic wire on the scene. The Ministry of Transport, which governs the VRA, has yet to confirm this … [Read more...]

Social News 24/1

Bus fare reductions for holiday travellers Following decreases in fuel prices, Ho Chi Minh City’s bus fares during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year festival) are expected to drop by 7 to 20 from last year, unveiled the municipal Ministry of Transport on January 22. According to agency statistics, 110 of 130 operators in the Mien Tay bus station and 115 of 214 operators in the Mien Dong station have reduced transport fares thus far. Only five operators have announced their intent to increase their ticket costs for some routes. Currently, the industry is experiencing increased demand on the people’s travel as the holiday season quickly approaches. On January 4, petrol prices were cut by 1,900 VND per litre, the second reduction this month. The price of RON 95 was down to 16,270 VND while the prices of RON 92 and bio-fuel E5 were reduced to 15,670 VND. Diesel prices were cut by 1,460 VND, resulting in a cost between 15,120 and 15,170 VND per litre. Earlier, on January … [Read more...]

Create momentum for students to do scientific research

The Provincial level Scientific and Technical Contest for high school students in the academic year of 2014-2015 has been recently held by Phu Yen Provincial Department of Education and Training with 36 projects. This is an intellectual playground aimed at promoting students to do research science for learning and life. Students presenting their projects at the provincial scientific and technical contest for high school students. Compared with the first contest with merely 15 projects, the recent contest was invested on a larger scale, attracting 36 scientific-technical research projects of more than 50 individuals and collectives from 6 Education and Training Divisions and 11 high schools in the province. The projects’ content this year is quite diversified, focusing on the sectors of chemistry, computer science, electrical-electronics, energy and transport, environmental management, health science, environment-friendly products, households equipment, learning … [Read more...]

2 billion dongs to care for the poor and A/O victims on Tet occasion

The Provincial Red Cross has donated 100 Tet gifts to poor people in Da Loc commune (Dong Xuan district). Each gift includes cash, cooking oil, sugar, seasoning powder,... worth 500,000 dongs, sponsored by Fertilizers and Chemicals oil and gas JSC in Central region. Illustration photo So far, the provincial Red Cross at all levels have mobilized agencies, units, businesses, philanthropists from inside and outside the province to support nearly 2 billion dongs to the program "Caring for the poor and A/O victims on Tet occasion", on the occasion of Lunar New Year 2015. In particular, Red Cross of the province, the districts of Tuy An, Son Hoa and Song Cau town donated 2,732 Tet gifts to 2,732 poor households, A/O victims, orphans, the disabled, the elderly in localities, totaling 692 million dongs; organizing free medical care to 1,500 poor people; supporting to abolish 2 temporary houses and granting 64 cows ( worth from 10 to 13 million dongs for each) for poor, difficult … [Read more...]

Social News 21/1

Trucks blamed for congestion on Hanoi Highway A nine-hour traffic jam on Hanoi Highway last Friday was due to a long line of container trucks heading for Truong Tho port complex while a road widening project has yet to get off the ground. Container trucks were moving inch by inch to Truong Tho port complex in Thu Duc District, causing serious congestion on other streets including Mai Chi Tho and Dong Van Cong in District 2. The Truong Tho port area comprises Phuoc Long 3, Transimex and Phuc Long inland container depots (ICD), and some steel and cement factories. At present, Hanoi Highway is the only way leading to the Truong Tho port area, so traffic often snarls this time of year as trading activity picks up in the lead up to the Lunar New Year holiday. Le Duy Hiep, general director of Transforwarding Warehousing Joint-Stock Corp. (Transimex-Saigon), told the Daily that Friday’s heavy traffic jam resulted from a narrow road leading to Truong Tho while an increasingly … [Read more...]