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...]

Tonnes of fish die in HCM City canal

As many as 70 tonnes of dead fish have been collected from the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal in HCM City over the last two days according to a local official. Director of the city's Department of Natural Resource and Environment, Nguyen Toan Thang, told the local media on May 18 afternoon that 250 workers and 54 canoes have been collecting dead fish since yesterday along the river and spraying chemicals to disinfect the water. Workers were collecting dead fish from Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Cannal on May 17 Most of the dead fish have been collected by this morning but some parts of the canal still had a rotten smell. On May 17 afternoon, Director of HCM City's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Phuoc Trung said that initial investigations showed that the fish died following heavy rainfall on Monday afternoon when sewage run into the canal along with rainwater. Tonnes of fish died on Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Cannal on May 17 and 18 The 8.7-km Nhieu Loc- Thi Nghe canal which … [Read more...]

Polyculture in Alkaline Soil

Thanh Hoa District is the area most affected by saltwater intrusion and alkalinity in Dong Thap Muoi. Therefore, in the past, the economy of the district was not very promising. Recently, along with growing rice as the main crop, many farmers in Thanh Hoa have tried growing other appropriate crops in order to optimise cultivation. 38-year-old Nguyen Thanh Tai (Hamlet No. 5, Tan Tay Commune) has more than 10 years of experience in growing pineapples in alkaline soil. He has just started a new season of pineapple growing in a total area of 2.3ha. He said, "Pineapples are very suitable to alkaline soil. The more alkaline the soil, the sweeter the pineapple, as the saying goes. Pineapple prices are stable lately, exciting us farmers". Apart from pineapples, Tai also has a field of 2ha for guava growing. Other crops that are suitable to alkaline soil are purple yams, jute, watermelons, limes and guavas. Thuy An Commune alone has more than 3,000ha of soil for purple yam growing. Những … [Read more...]

Social News 12/5

HCM City needs VND2 trillion for flood control projects this year The Steering Center for Flood Control of HCMC (SCFC) has said the city will need at least VND2 trillion (US$89.8 million) to fund flood control projects this year. The center said that of the 56 projects planned for dealing with flood-prone streets in the city, a dozen projects would get underway this year and three would be completed by 2017. Eight projects were completed in 2015. Projects expected to reduce flooding at hotspots in the rainy season last year included a drainage system for Do Xuan Hop Street in District 9, improvement of a drainage system for the Kinh Duong Vuong Street section from Phu Lam to An Lac Roundabout, dredging Dong Tien Canal in District 12, the first phase of a drainage system improvement and pollution reduction project for Tham Luong-Ben Cat-Rach Nuoc Len Canal. SCFC said dredging of a drainage channel from Tan Son Nhat airport to Nguyen Kiem Street, construction of a drainage system … [Read more...]

To promote purchasing and consuming safe seafood

Scene of the meeting ​Since April 25, the situation of seafood production and consumption of local fishermen has been facing difficulties due to the mass deaths of sea fish in coastal provinces from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue provinces, according to reports of departments and units at the meeting on May 04 chaired by the PPC's Vice Chairman Pham Truong Tho. ​As informed, Quang Ngai province currently has more than 5,500 fishing boats including 3,000 90CV and above offshore fishing boats. In the past few days, due to the low seafood prize, fishermen are facing with losses. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development coordinates with related agencies and units to determine the seafood sources of Quang Ngai fishing boats, especially for the boats landed from Da Nang to Ha Tinh in order to ensure the output for fishermen. Reported by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment at the meeting, the coastal environment of the province in the past few days are on safe … [Read more...]

Central provinces put clean fish for sale amid poisoned fish fear

The central city of Da Nang and other affected provinces have launched points of sale for clean fish in the wake of the mass fish deaths that occurred in the central coastal region in early April. After several fish were found dead ashore in Da Nang on April 26, the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced the test results of sea water samples two days later, saying that all measurements are within allowed limits and the sea is thus safe for swimming and aquatic sports. The city’s leaders and officials also went for a swim in the sea to counter pollution rumours. Central provinces putting clean fish for sale amid poisoned fish fear (Source: laodong.com.vn) On April 29, the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development convened a dialogue to seek ways to clear obstacles for fishermen and merchants. Nguyen Phu Ban, Director of the municipal department, said his agency is tracing the origin of seafood on sale. From May 2, any fishing … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta farmers switch to drought-resistant crops

Many farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have switched from growing rice to drought-resistant crops to cope with the region's worst drought in 100 years. Many farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have switched from growing rice to drought-resistant crops to cope with the region's worst drought in 100 years.- Photo dantocmiennui.vn In Ca Mau Province, instead of three rice crops, farmers grow two and one crop of green beans, which require less water. In Khanh Binh Tay and Khanh Hung communes in Tran Van Thoi District, farmers grew more than 1,100 hectares of green beans. Many of them planted the beans in dry paddy fields, with productivity at 2.5 to three tonnes per hectare. Traders buy green beans for price of VNĐ30,000 (US$1.3) per kg. Nguyen Van Tranh, deputy director of Ca Mau Province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that farmers were warned of droughts early so they have already shifted to green beans. Raising shrimps in paddy fields is another way … [Read more...]

Delta farmers switch to drought-resistant crops

Many farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have switched from growing rice to drought-resistant crops to cope with the region’s worst drought in 100 years. In Ca Mau province, instead of three rice crops, farmers grow two and one crop of green beans, which require less water. In Khanh Binh Tay and Khanh Hung communes in Tran Van Thoi district, farmers grew more than 1,100 hectares of green beans. Many of them planted the beans in dry paddy fields, with productivity at 2.5 to three tons per hectare. Traders buy green beans for price of VND 30,000 (USD 1.3) per kg. Photo for illustration Nguyen Van Tranh, deputy director of Ca Mau province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that farmers were warned of droughts early so they have already shifted to green beans. Raising shrimps in paddy fields is another way to use cultivation areas. According to Vo Thanh Ngoan, head of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Thap Muoi District in Dong … [Read more...]

Hanoi farmers reap reward of higher-quality flowers

High-quality flower farming has helped farmers in Hanoi’s suburban districts become more prosperous in recent years, said the municipal Agriculture and Rural Development Department Director Chu Phu My. My said that since the city’s project on flower and ornamental plants farming was implemented in 2012, high-quality flower zones had been formed, including 170ha of roses in Me Linh district’s Van Khe commune, 20ha of peach in Long Bien district, orchid and lily farms in districts of Dan Phuong, Chuong My, Hoai Duc, Quoc Oai and Phuc Tho. The high-quality flowers helped growers earn profits up to ten times higher than from normal flowers, he said. Taking care of flowers in Tay Tuu, Tu Liem district, Hanoi. Photo: VNS Nguyen Van Suot, a gardener in Tay Tuu commune, Bac Tu Liem district, said his family earned more than VND 50 million (USD 2,200) yearly from 1,000sq.m of lilies. He hired ten people to work on his farm, paying each about VND 3 million (USD 135) … [Read more...]

Da Nang leaders swim at beach to dispel toxic seawater fear

Several leaders in Da Nang have publicized photos showing them swim at local beach, in a bid to reassure the public and tourists that it remains safe to swim in the central city, amid fear and rumor that the ocean is now toxic. While Da Nang is not among four central provinces hit by the mysterious mass fish deaths, dead aquatic animals have also been seen washed ashore its beaches in recent days. This sparks public worries that the tourist-favored beaches in the city, fronting the East Vietnam Sea, are no longer safe for bathing. However, Nguyen Phu Ban, director of the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, is inviting locals and tourists to go to the beach with him, assuring that there is no problem with seawaters in the city. "I’d like to invite you to join me when I go swimming in the beach on early Sunday," he told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Saturday morning, after returning from a local beach. "Please do not worry about the quality of … [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...]