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...]

Ha Tinh has new Chairman

VGP – The PM has approved the election of personnel in two central provinces of Ha Tinh and Thua-Thien Hue in the 2011-2016 phase. Deputy Secretary of the Ha Tinh Province’s Party Committee and Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dang Quoc Khanh has been elected as Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee in the 2011-2016 period. The PM has ratified the elections of Mr. Dang Quoc Vinh, Duong Tat Thang and Dang Ngoc Son as Vice Chairmen of HaTinh Province’s People’s Committee in the 2011-2016 period. Mr. Vinh, Thang and Son were head of the provincial Party Commiittee's Information and Education Board, Director of the natural resources and trade company, and head of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department, respectively. Head of the Planning and Investment Department of Thua Thien Hue Nguyen Van Phuong has been appointed as Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee in the 2011-2016 phase. … [Read more...]

North central coast white with mass dead fish

The coast in the north central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri andThua Thien-Hue have become white with hundreds of tons of dead fish being washed ashore for the last several days with unclear reason. Officials in Quang Tri province take viscera samples from dead fish for testing on April 21 (Photo: SGGP) Not only saltwater fish but also farm raised fish has died quickly and suddenly in waters near Vung Ang Industrial Park, Ha Tinh. Dead fish has kept stretching over 121 kilometers of Quang Binh coastline since April 6. The situation has even occurred in some rivers and estuaries where other aquatic animals and plants have suffered the same destiny. It started on April 10 in Quang Tri province and got worst since April 17. Local residents have so far collected nearly 30 tons of dead fish worth VND3 billion (US$135,000). Businesses in well-known beaches such as Nhat Le, Da Nhay, Roon and Hai Ninh in Quang Binh have concerned that the dead fish will reduce the number of … [Read more...]

Chain model increases Vietnamese agriculture values

(VOVworld) – Forming chains to increase competitiveness and add values to farm produce is helpful for the development of Vietnam’s agricultural sector. In Ha Tinh, a number of models of linkage between cooperatives have proven effective in reviving the sandy soil. In the past, you had to travel 50 kilometers over rough roads to reach Ky Bac commune, a mountain village in Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province. Harsh year-round weather conditions made it more difficult for the locals. The project to grow vegetables and fruits on sandy soil has paved the way for cooperatives in Thach Ha to develop. (Photo: baohatinh.vn) But the Hoang Chau cooperative has changed things for the better. The cooperative’s director Tran Thi Chau says the initial six members offered a service transporting goods for Ky Bac villagers and their neighbors. Chau says the cooperative operated sporadically, with no set schedule, and each member earned only 22 USD a month on average. In 2012, … [Read more...]

Shrimps die of disease in Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta has suffered heavy losses due to shrimp death on the large scale in the previous days. Serious drought, high salinity have caused the death of shrimps in the Mekong Delta.(Photo:SGGP) Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ngoc To Commune, My Xuyen district of Soc Trang province Vo Van Choi said: "Serious drought, high salinity have caused the death of shrimps in the Mekong Delta. Because of the influence of the bad weather situation, the farmers are facing to many difficulties in production. Coping with bad condition, experts encouraged shrimp breeders should breed shrimps in the coming rainy season". According to the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Kien Giang province, approximately 8,000 hectares of shrimp crops have been destroyed by white bass and diseases. The department also suggested local farmers should move shrimp breeds to some places to avoid the high salinity which covered over 25 percent of area in An Minh and An Bien … [Read more...]

Seafood export struggles with drought, salinity

Drought and salt intrusion has worsened and damaged a large shrimp farming area in the Mekong Delta since the beginning of this year, causing material shortage for export processing plants. Drought, salinity has badly hit shrimp farming in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP) Shrimp breeders have suffered spreading mass mortality in coastal provinces such as Ben Tre , Tra Vinh, Soc Trang and Kien Giang. They have farmed 300 out of 910 hectares of shrimp ponds but 25 percent of the area has been damaged because of weather illnesses in My Long Nam commune, according to Mr. Nguyen Van Dai, deputy chairman of the communal People’s Committee, Cau Ngang district, Tra Vinh province. Mr. Tran Quang Cui, deputy director of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department in Kien Giang province, said that salinity has reached 30‰ in many places, exceeding the permissible level for shrimp farming. Therefore, the department has advised farmers to stop breeding at this time and wait … [Read more...]

Animals suffer in private zoo in Vietnam

Wild animals are being kept in abject conditions in a private zoo in the southern province of Long An. Tigers from South Africa The VND280bn (USD13.3m) zoo was built in 2012 yet is only expected to go into operation next year. My Quynh is supposed to include bird, rhino, reptile, bear and hoofed-animal enclosures. The My Quynh Zoo website claims they can care for 3,000 animals from all around the world. However, the photos of the zoo recently show poor infrastructure with flimsy-looking cages. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, as of October 14, 2015, 37 animals from HCM City were transferred to My Quynh Zoo in Duc Hoa District. They included ten white rhinos, nine tigers and nine lions. However due to poor infrastructure and conditions, My Quynh Zoo ‘lent’ out 14 rhinos and gave away eight lions and six tigers to Phu Quoc Zoo. On February 25, one tiger died at My Quynh Zoo. The zoo is located near factories and constantly … [Read more...]

Animals suffer in private zoo

Wild animals are being kept in abject conditions in a private zoo in the southern province of Long An. Tigers from South Africa The VND280bn (USD13.3m) zoo was built in 2012 yet is only expected to go into operation next year. My Quynh is supposed to include bird, rhino, reptile, bear and hoofed-animal enclosures. The My Quynh Zoo website claims they can care for 3,000 animals from all around the world. However, the photos of the zoo recently show poor infrastructure with flimsy-looking cages. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, as of October 14, 2015, 37 animals from HCM City were transferred to My Quynh Zoo in Duc Hoa District. They included ten white rhinos, nine tigers and nine lions. However due to poor infrastructure and conditions, My Quynh Zoo ‘lent’ out 14 rhinos and gave away eight lions and six tigers to Phu Quoc Zoo. On February 25, one tiger died at My Quynh Zoo. The zoo is located near factories and constantly … [Read more...]

Positive Signs for Exports

2016 is expected to be a year of opportunities for Vietnamese exporters. Not to miss these opportunities, Vietnamese exporters have been actively preparing and have received positive signals since the beginning of the year. Sharp increase in rice, cashew nuts In the first months of the year, a number of agricultural export commodities such as rice and cashew nuts have prospered. According to the Vietnam Food Association (VFA), shipment from February 1 to February 18 2016 reached 172,875 tonnes of rice, bringing total exports of rice from January 1 to February 18 to 589,646 tonnes, up 40 percent against 2015. According to VFA, the reason rice export rises sharply is due to stronger demand from the Philippines, Indonesia as these countries are seriously affected by drought. Experts also said that rice exports will continue to prosper because these markets still have a high demand for rice imports. This is an opportunity for Vietnamese rice exporters. In addition, in difficult … [Read more...]

Prime Minister calls for action on drought, salinity

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged agencies to take measures to tackle the ongoing drought and saline intrusion in the central region at a Government meeting on Monday. A field has been dried up due to the impacts of El Nino in Ninh Thuan Province. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung recently urged agencies to take measures to tackle the ongoing drought and saline intrusion in the central region. Dung asked the localities to examine water reservoirs and prepare plans for water usage, giving priority to local daily activities, animals and highly profitable crops. He said it was essential to identify areas prone to water deficiencies and to prepare appropriate plans for drought-resistant crops. Construction of irrigation facilities should also be sped up, he said. The PM asked ministries and industrial sectors to save water at reservoirs to provide sufficient water for drought-hit areas during the dry season, stressing the need to support people in affected regions. The central … [Read more...]

More forests destroyed in Son Tra Nature Reserve

DA NANG (VNS) — Local administration discovered illegal logging in another area of the protected Nature Reserve on Son Tra peninsula Monday. Two other locations were found destroyed in the same area last week. The new location, covering 50ha of northwest Son Tra peninsula near the Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort, was cleared of bushes and trees. New fruit trees were found growing in the area. According to the latest report from the city's department of Agriculture and Rural development, over 11ha forest in the Nature Reserve have been destroyed by illegal loggers for commercial purposes. The three sites – Suoi Om, Tien Sa and Ho Sau – cover over 300ha, including the buffer zone of the Nature Reserve, an area which needs special protection. Huynh Duc Tho, the central city's People's Committee, is asking relevant agencies to investigate the most serious violations and report their findings to the city's People's Council before March 10th. In response … [Read more...]

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Quang Ninh welcomes nearly 2 million visitors The northern province of Quang Ninh received nearly 2 million visitors in the first two months of the year, up three per cent from the same period last year with international visitor numbers increasing by 10 per cent, according to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Spiritual relics like Yen Tu Buddhist relic, Ba Vang Pagoda, Cua Ong Temple, and Cai Bau Pagoda attracted the most visitors, it said. The province's localities have organised art performances and sports and traditional games for visitors. The province reported that revenues from tourism in the period are estimated at more than VND1.2 trillion (US$53.7 million), a year-on year increase of 14 per cent. Boasting a 250km long coastline, Quang Ninh is famous for Ha Long Bay, one of the world's natural wonders. Tourists are also attracted by its many beautiful beaches like Bai Chay, Titop, Quan Lan, Minh Chau, Ngoc Vung, and others. Acacia forests a big … [Read more...]

Organic shrimp farmers protect mangrove forests

HCM CITY (VNS) — After three years of implementation of the Mangroves and Markets Project (MAM), shrimp farmers have become more aware of organic production techniques and the need to preserve mangrove forests in their areas. "Local farmers in the southernmost province of Ca Mau have been able to significantly increase their income. They now have higher productivity and prices for their organic shrimp, and get paid for environmental services," Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy, project manager, said at a project review meeting of the first phase held in HCM City last week. The goal of the project is to help local shrimp-farming systems become more profitable by combining them with protection of mangrove forests. This enhances profitability and sustainability while also increasing coastal resilience to climate change. The project is carried out in the Nhung Mien and Dat Mui Protected Forests in Ngoc Hien District in Ca Mau Province, with 5,300 households on an area of 24,000 … [Read more...]

Help on way to millions of farmers hit by drought

A section of Ba Kep Canal in Mekong Delta Soc Trang Province's Dai An 2 Commune is hit by both drought and saltwater intrusion. The national agricultural sector is working hard to help delta farmers battle the historic drought and saltwater intrusion.— VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong HA NOI (VNS) — The national agriculture sector is working to restructure the cultivation schedule to save water, grow saltwater-resistant crops and trees, and efficiently use irrigation water in order to help millions of farmers in the Mekong Delta confront the worst drought and saltwater intrusion in 90 years. The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting predicts the drought and saltwater intrusion will last until June. The Water Resource Directorate under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday sent an urgent message to agricultural department heads of 11 Mekong Delta provinces, urging them to warn local farmers about recurring saltwater intrusion with salinity … [Read more...]

New standards to be set for raw milk

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will soon issue a national technical standard for raw milk, an official said. Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at a meeting with TH True Milk Corporation in Ha Noi on Tuesday that he had asked the Department of Livestock Production to submit a national technical standard for raw milk for approval by June this year. Phat said the issuance of the standard will not facilitate the school milk programme but also promote domestic dairy production. The school milk programme is meaningful as it helps in improving and enhancing Vietnamese children's stature and intelligence. The agriculture ministry will co-ordinate with the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies in issuing mechanisms to push up the programme with a pilot programme in Nghe An Province and then expanding to other provinces and cities. At the meeting, participants addressed obstacles relating to mechanism and financial … [Read more...]

New technical standard for raw milk in June

Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, address at a meeting with TH True Milk Corporation. — VNS File Photo HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will soon issue a national technical standard for raw milk, an official said. Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at a meeting with TH True Milk Corporation in Ha Noi on Tuesday that he had asked the Department of Livestock Production to submit a national technical standard for raw milk for approval by June this year. Phat said the issuance of the standard will not facilitate the school milk programme but also promote domestic dairy production. The school milk programme is meaningful as it helps in improving and enhancing Vietnamese children's stature and intelligence. The agriculture ministry will co-ordinate with the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies in issuing mechanisms to push up the programme with a pilot programme in Nghe An Province … [Read more...]

Ministry to boost cattle foot-and-mouth immunity

HA NOI (VNS)— More than 3.8 million cows and buffaloes, equal to 80 per cent of their numbers in high-risk areas across the country, are expected to be immune to foot-and-mouth disease by 2020. The high-risk areas include 26 provinces stretching from the north to the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta. They encompass Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, and Thanh Hoa, in addition to Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Kon Tum. The other high-risk areas are Gia Lai, Kien Giang and Dong Thap. It was one of the main goals set up under the National Programme on foot-and-mouth disease prevention between 2016 and 2020 signed by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat on Wednesday. Phat said, as scheduled, the cows and buffaloes would receive injections twice a year. The State budget and local budget would be used to support breeders and farmers for the injections, he said. According to the Ministry of Finance, the State budget financing for the programme during 2016-20 … [Read more...]

Ministry considers upgrade of Highway 3

The Project Management Board 2 has asked permission from the Ministry of Transport to upgrade the Ha Noi – Thai Nguyen Highway 3 to an expressway under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) mode. The total investment is more than VND3.2 trillion (USVND3,285,230 million) for expansion and reinforcement of the road surface, installation of an intelligent traffic system, and toll stations. The construction is expected to begin in the third quarter. The expressway, which will have speed limits of 120km per hour, will be completed in December 2017. DAU TU (Vietnam Investment Review) HCM City Book Fair to open in March The HCM City People's Committee will host the ninth bi-annual HCM City Book Fair at District 1's Le Van Tam Park from March 21-27. The fair themed "Book, Culture, Integration and Development" will attract nearly 200 domestic and foreign publishing houses and book distributors. It will feature 500 stalls showcasing works of economy, history, science, technology, foreign … [Read more...]

Foot and mouth disease spreading in Quang Tri

A veterinary official sprays chemicals at a cattle breeding farm. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Thuy QUANG TRI (VNS) — The Veterinary Department in the central province of Quang Tri yesterday reported that cases of foot and mouth disease were on the rise and could become widespread. Foot and mouth disease has appeared in Gio Linh, Trieu Phong and Cam Lo Districts, with a total of 49 cases reported in 16 local households. The cattle were infected with the disease during the Lunar New Year celebrations, when timely prevention and treatment measures were not available, the department said. The cold and wet weather have also contributed to the spread of the disease, it added. To deal with the situation, the veterinary and agriculture and rural development departments of the province have announced the outbreak and prohibited the sale and transport of cattle in the affected areas. The departments' officials also guided cattle breeders on treatment for their infected cattle and … [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...]