Landslips threaten public facilities and households

Landslips along the Tich River in Ha Nois Chuong My Districts Xuan Mai Town, 33km from the city centre, is threatening the safety of over 80 households and other public buildings. The district Peoples Committee Chairman Nguyen Van Doanh asked local authorities to closely monitor the situation and take necessary moves such as warning residents and vehicles to evacuate the landslip-prone area, in order to minimise losses and reinforce the river bank. Doanh said the committee had proposed that the municipal Peoples Committee build an embankment along the 250m river bank. The municipal committee vice chairman Trinh Duy Hung urged the Agriculture and Rural Development Department to quickly design an anti-landslip plan along the river. Nguyen Nhu Van, a local planning officer, said that landslips had started occurring since the 1990s when TanTruongBridge was built across the river but the bank had begun collapsing seriously since mid-June. At some points, the bank had caved in 2-3 metres. … [Read more...]

HCMC persists with modern, civilized, humane target

The 10th congress resolution of the Ho Chi Minh City Party’s Committee have set targets for the 2015-2020 term including economic growth in association with cultural development, social progress and justice promotion, environmental protection, social welfare and citizen life quality improvement. Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in HCMC (Photo: SGGP) HCMC will be developed into a modern, civilized and humane city, the resolution affirmed. Financial Investment edition of Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper introduced opinions of some city leaders about these purposes. Deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee Le Van Khoa: Support industry in focus The Ho Chi Minh City Steering Board on Support Industry Development has worked with researchers from the HCMC University of Economics and scientists, to organize over ten seminars, conducted surveys and collected opinions of over 1200 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for project on support industry development as per … [Read more...]

Japan Supports Vietnam to Form Agricultural Value Chains

Providing clean and safe agricultural products for consumers, improving incomes for farmers and implementing activities within the framework of medium and long-term vision on construction of food value chains from agricultural production to processing and consumption are major objectives of the cooperation programme among JICA Vietnam Office, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and local authorities of Vietnam. Mr Mori Mutsuya, Chief Representative of JICA Vietnam Office, has granted an interview to Vietnam Business Forum in this regard. Huong Ly - Luong Tuan report. How do you assess Vietnam’s efforts for agricultural development in recent years? So far, Vietnam has been making a great effort to expand agricultural production. Typical activities include improving seeds, building irrigation works, paying crop supports and recently applying VietGAP standards to enhance safety of agricultural products. As a result, rice, coffee and pepper have become highly … [Read more...]

Thousands of hectares of rice face saline intrusion

Water shortages are affecting more than 57,000ha of rice farmland in the Mekong delta province of Kien Giang, with entire crops at risk of being wiped out completely due to the prolonged drought. Thousands of ha have been destroyed and nearly 15 thousand ha are facing saline intrusion, according to Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper. According to cultivation plans, four districts of U Minh Thuong region including An Bien, An Minh, U Minh Thuong and Vinh Thuan will sow 63,000ha of rice, but local farmers have planted about 57,000ha due to the drought. An Minh district is the most affected area with more than 14,000ha. Nearly 3,000 out of 9,000ha of rice in An Bien district were damaged completely with the remainder also in danger. Saline intrusion has also damaged more than 2,800ha of rice in Vinh Thuan district. The department reported that the area affected by drought and salinity in the U Minh Thuong region is increasing every week. According to agricultural experts, more … [Read more...]

Phu Yen province needs to actively repair and upgrade irrigation works

The missions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development led by Deputy Minister Hoang Van Thang have worked with the leaders of Phu Yen PPC on the status of irrigation works and investment situation into the dyke system on river and sea in Phu Yen province. Deputy Minister Hoang Van Thang addressing at a meeting According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, throughout the province, there are 314 irrigation schemes, including 43 irrigation reservoirs with a total storage capacity of about 66.5 million m3 of water, 156 pumping stations and 115 spillways..., which help irrigate around 26,980ha of agricultural production land and facilitate irrigation of some area of ​​perennial plants. In 2015, the province used funds to build, renovate and upgrade some irrigation works. For dyke system in the past years, Phu Yen province has built a number of works for disaster prevention and mitigation, adapting to climate change and put into use many works which … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta: thousands of hectares of rice face menace of saline intrusion

Water shortages are affecting more than 57,000ha of rice farmland in the Cuu Long (Mekong) delta province of Kien Giang, with entire crops at risk of being wiped out completely due to the prolonged drought. Water shortages are affecting more than 57,000ha of rice farmland in the Cuu Long (Mekong) delta province of Kien Giang, with entire crops at risk of being wiped out completely due to the prolonged drought. — Photo thanhnien.com.vn Thousands of ha have been destroyed and nearly 15 thousand ha are facing saline intrusion, according to Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper. According to cultivation plans, four districts of U Minh Thuong region including An Bien, An Minh, U Minh Thuong and Vinh Thuan will sow 63,000ha of rice, but local farmers have planted about 57,000ha due to the drought. Statistics from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed nearly 15,000ha of rice are facing saline intrusion. An Minh district is the most affected area with … [Read more...]

Thousands of ha of rice face menace of saline intrusion

KIEN GIANG (VNS) — Water shortages are affecting more than 57,000ha of rice farmland in the Cuu Long (Mekong) delta province of Kien Giang, with entire crops at risk of being wiped out completely due to the prolonged drought. Thousands of ha have been destroyed and nearly 15 thousand ha are facing saline intrusion, according to Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper. According to cultivation plans, four districts of U Minh Thuong region including An Bien, An Minh, U Minh Thuong and Vinh Thuan will sow 63,000ha of rice, but local farmers have planted about 57,000ha due to the drought. Statistics from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed nearly 15,000ha of rice are facing saline intrusion. An Minh district is the most affected area with more than 14,000ha. Nearly 3,000 out of 9,000ha of rice in An Bien district were damaged completely with the remainder also in danger. Saline intrusion has also damaged more than 2,800ha of rice in Vinh Thuan … [Read more...]

Gloomy seafood exports hope recovery this year

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters (Vasep) hoped that seafood exports will recover from crisis to post a year on year increase of 6.3 percent reaching the turnover of US$7.12 billion this year. Tra fish harvest in Can Tho city (Photo: SGGP) Of three main export items, shrimp and tuna will be brighter than last year while tra fish will continue facing many difficulties, the association forecast. Tra fish exporters will be hindered with technical barriers from nations besides severe competition and input cost increase. Gloomy picture The year 2015 was a difficult year of seafood breeders and exporters who failed to get results as expected. The country’s seafood export turnover was estimated to hit US$6.7 billion, down 14.5 percent over 2014, reported Vasep. Vietnamese seafood products have been exported to 164 nations and territories worldwide. Last year, many of them sharply reduced import comprising main markets such as the U.S., EU and … [Read more...]

MARD pushes campaign to promote food hygiene

A market watch official checks food at Big C Supermarket in Nam Dinh City, the northern province of Nam Dinh. A campaign on food safety is underway across the country. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Sinh HA NOI (VNS) — A publicity campaign on agricultural products safety in preparation for the upcoming Tet holiday, which falls on February 8, is underway across the country. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development campaign began last November, aimed at providing safe agricultural products for consumers and raising awareness of food safety and hygiene. The ministry in co-ordination with Quality Management Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Aquatic Products has published a series of media products for producers and consumers during the three-month crackdown on food safety and hygiene. Media products included video clips and leaflets that helped consumers realise the effects of unsafe food use and instructing farmers to use insecticides and veterinary drugs in their … [Read more...]

Hanoi to prevent food poisoning during the Tet holiday

The Hanoitimes - Hanoi People`s Committee will uniformly implement all necessary measures to curb unhygienic food and food of unknown origins and prevent food poisoning during the Tet holiday and festivals. Hanoi People's Committee issued a plan to ensure food safety during the New Year 2016, the Tet holiday and festivals. Under the plan, from December 20, 2015 to March 25, 2016, Hanoi will deploy synchronous solutions including the strengthening the communication and dissemination plans to ensure implementation of food safety, prevent food poisoning and protect the interests and health of consumers. Hanoi authorities will strictly inspect large food processing plants, wholesale markets, supermarkets and shopping malls, besides small street vendors to prevent food poisoning. Photo for illustration The inspections will focus on facilities producing, processing and trading products that are mainly used during the Tet holiday and festivals, such as meat and meat products, … [Read more...]

Da Nang seeks food safety

DA NANG (VNS) — Factors such as poor equipment and measures and poor co-ordination among agencies, besides ambiguous links with food suppliers have prevented the central city from maintaining tight control on food safety. A report showed that 80 per cent of the vegetables being supplied came from six local suppliers in the central region, but the city's agencies could test the produce of only two of these for the presence of pesticides. The city officials warned the departments of heath, agriculture and rural development, industry and trade and environment police, saying that stricter measures were needed to implement long-term examinations and checks on food quality at super markets, wholesale markets, slaughter houses and suppliers. Although the agencies reported only one food poisoning case with nine victims in 2015, and more than 93 per cent of 1,000 samples cleared the tests for microbiological and chemical indexes, consumers still have doubts about poor hygiene, … [Read more...]

Provincial chairman’s directions to kick off implement of new rural development program

​Provincial Chairman in his a bid to push up the implementation of new rural development program in the upcoming time has just sent his directions to relevant departments, districts, city and relevant unit to push up the implementation of new rural development program effectively as requisitions. ​The Chairman requests the agencies, units and localities to propagandize the importance of new rural development program to all people. The leaders of localities at all levels have to directly manage the program implement; strengthen inspection and monitor the implement in order to create a shift in perception and action in every residents .The mobilization of extra-budgetary resources to implement the program must consider the possibility. Specific circumstances must be discussed in democracy and have the unanimous agreement. Especially, locality will be not allowed to mobilize fund from poor and policy families; do not make investment plan when locality has no funding resource … [Read more...]

Three largest cities in Vietnam to tighten food checks

VietNamNet Bridge – City authorities will strictly inspect large food processing plants, wholesale markets, supermarkets and shopping malls, besides small street vendors to prevent food poisoning during the Tet holiday and festivals. Veterinary staffs inspect at a slaughter house in Hai Duong Province. Authorities will inspect food processing plants, wholesale markets, supermarkets and shopping malls as well as small street vendors to prevent food poisoning during the Tet holiday and festivals. — Photo: VNA/VNS The Ha Noi People's Committee will uniformly implement all necessary measures to curb unhygienic food and food of unknown origins for the next three months, starting from yesterday. The inspections will focus on facilities producing, processing and trading products that are mainly used during the Tet holiday and festivals, such as meat and meat products, beverages, alcoholic drinks and confectionary. The committee will organise six teams to inspect food … [Read more...]

Central city wants to tighten food safety measures

Local police force detected 18 violations related to food safety, but the highest fine imposed in the most serious case was VND10 million (US$476). — VNS Photo Ngoc Phu DA NANG — Factors such as poor equipment and measures and poor co-ordination among agencies, besides ambiguous links with food suppliers have prevented the central city from maintaining tight control on food safety. A report showed that 80 per cent of the vegetables being supplied came from six local suppliers in the central region, but the city's agencies could test the produce of only two of these for the presence of pesticides. The city officials warned the departments of heath, agriculture and rural development, industry and trade and environment police, saying that stricter measures were needed to implement long-term examinations and checks on food quality at super markets, wholesale markets, slaughter houses and suppliers. Although the agencies reported only one food poisoning case with nine victims … [Read more...]

Hanoi, HCM City to tighten food checks during Tet holiday

Hanoi, December 21 (VNA) – Hanoi authorities will strictly inspect large food processing plants, wholesale markets, supermarkets and shopping malls, besides small street vendors to prevent food poisoning during the Tet holiday and festivals. The Hanoi People's Committee will uniformly implement all necessary measures to curb unhygienic food and food of unknown origins for the next three months, starting from December 19. The inspections will focus on facilities producing, processing and trading products that are mainly used during the Tet holiday and festivals, such as meat and meat products, beverages, alcoholic drinks and confectionary. The committee will organise six teams to inspect food safety and hygiene at large production plants and service facilities, whereas districts will establish inspection teams to check small facilities. Tran Xuan Ha, Deputy Head of the Hanoi People's Committee's Popularisation and Education Committee, said the sanctions on those violating … [Read more...]

HCM City officials to tighten food checks

City authorities will strictly inspect large food processing plants, wholesale markets, supermarkets and shopping malls, besides small street vendors to prevent food poisoning during the Tet holiday and festivals. Veterinary staffs inspect at a slaughter house in Hai Duong Province. Authorities will inspect food processing plants, wholesale markets, supermarkets and shopping malls as well as small street vendors to prevent food poisoning during the Tet holiday and festivals. The Ha Noi People's Committee will uniformly implement all necessary measures to curb unhygienic food and food of unknown origins for the next three months, starting from yesterday. The inspections will focus on facilities producing, processing and trading products that are mainly used during the Tet holiday and festivals, such as meat and meat products, beverages, alcoholic drinks and confectionary. The committee will organise six teams to inspect food safety and hygiene at large production plants and … [Read more...]

City officials to tighten food checks

Veterinary staffs inspect at a slaughter house in Hai Duong Province. Authorities will inspect food processing plants, wholesale markets, supermarkets and shopping malls as well as small street vendors to prevent food poisoning during the Tet holiday and festivals. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Sinh HA NOI (VNS) — City authorities will strictly inspect large food processing plants, wholesale markets, supermarkets and shopping malls, besides small street vendors to prevent food poisoning during the Tet holiday and festivals. The Ha Noi People's Committee will uniformly implement all necessary measures to curb unhygienic food and food of unknown origins for the next three months, starting from yesterday. The inspections will focus on facilities producing, processing and trading products that are mainly used during the Tet holiday and festivals, such as meat and meat products, beverages, alcoholic drinks and confectionary. The committee will organise six teams to inspect food safety … [Read more...]

Strange weather ahead of Tet

Strange weather seems to be carrying on and on. Flowers are coming out earlier than usual. Insects have been attacking plants. None of this is good for farmers who are producing fruits and flowers for Tet. However, they are trying their best to produce what people want. Ochna blossoms are on sale on Thanh Thai street in HCM City. Gardeners in the Mekong Delta region who cultivate unique fruits and flowers in preparation for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) are suffering from low productivity due to unusual weather conditions. - VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai HA NOI (VNS)— Gardeners in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region who cultivate unique fruits and flowers in preparation for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) are suffering from low productivity due to unusual weather conditions. Phu Tri A agricultural extension club, located in Phu Tan ward in Chau Thanh district in the southern province of Hau Giang, specialises in moulding and carving grapefruits into the shape of bottle … [Read more...]

MARD plans preferential farming loans

Farm owners will soon be able to borrow more capital to invest in their businesses, said Le DucThinh, Deputy Director of the Economic Co-operation and Rural Development Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). "This is a remarkable policy in the draft decision of the Prime Minister to encourage the development of the farming sector," Thinh told Nong Thon Ngay Nay (Countryside Today) newspaper. According to the draft decision, farming households will be loaned up to VND10 billion (US$454,000) and may also receive support with environmental investment, trade promotion, science and technology, farm restructuring and other assistance. It is expected that the final decision will be issued this year. According to head of the provincial Rural Development Department, Nguyen Van Toan, the farmers still face difficulties in accessing bank loans and that even when they do, the funds are not large enough, affecting their production. Similarly in Hanoi, … [Read more...]

Ha Noi authorities to tighten food safety inspections

The inspections will focus on facilities producing, processing and trading products that are mainly used during the Tet holiday and festivals, such as meat and meat products, beverages, alcoholic drinks and confectionary. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Duy HA NOI (VNS) — City authorities will strictly inspect large food processing plants, wholesale markets, supermarkets and shopping malls, besides small street vendors to prevent food poisoning during the Tet holiday and festivals. The Ha Noi People's Committee will uniformly implement all necessary measures to curb unhygienic food and food of unknown origins for the next three months, starting from December 20. The inspections will focus on facilities producing, processing and trading products that are mainly used during the Tet holiday and festivals, such as meat and meat products, beverages, alcoholic drinks and confectionary. The committee will organise six teams to inspect food safety and hygiene at large production plants … [Read more...]