Each year, Ca Mau sinks by 1.71 cm

VietNamNet Bridge - Ca Mau peninsula is continuing to sink, according to research by the Southern Region Geological Mapping Federation under the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam. Subsidence in Khanh Binh Commune, Tran Van Thoi District on April 15. Dr. Do Van Linh, Deputy Head of the Southern Region Geological Mapping Federation, said the deepest subsidence in Ca Mau was measured 1.71 cm a year, while the average subsidence due to groundwater exploitation was about 0.35 cm a year. There are three reasons for this situation: subsidence due to young sediment and water exploitation, and by tectonic movements. This trend will continue in the coming years. Previously, studies of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) showed that Ca Mau is sharply subsiding. The subsidence speed measured was higher than the studies of the Southern Region Geological Mapping Federation. According to NGI, Ca Mau may suffer from serious subsidence on the surface, as the result of … [Read more...]

Provinces in Mekong Delta endure misery due to drought, saline encroachment

The ongoing severe drought and saltwater intrusion will continue affect badly to livelihood and daily life activities of farmers of provinces in the Mekong Delta this year. Farmers in Kien Giang Province are in misery because of drought and saline intrusion. (Photo: SGGP) According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Mekong Delta, the country's largest supplier of rice, fruit and fisheries, is facing the worst drought and saltwater intrusion in 90 years which has sent tens of thousands of local households into misery. However, by now it is not yet the peak of the dry season. Among the provinces in the Mekong Delta, Kien Giang Province possesses the largest area of rice has been deceased by drought and saltwater intrusion. Local farmers are rushing for taking measures to tackle with drought and saltwater intrusion. Mrs. Huynh Thi Kip, a farmer in Binh Giang Commune in Hon Dat District, said that her family has been living here for nearly 30 years but she has … [Read more...]

Bird flu spreads through Mekong Delta

Animal health authorities in Soc Trang Province confirmed a bird flu infection in a flock of ducks Thursday as other local agencies suspected the disease may also have broken out in Bac Lieu. Alongside Ca Mau, Soc Trang is now the second Mekong Delta province currently afflicted by the virus. Samples taken from duck carcasses at a farm in nearby Bac Lieu Province were also taken for tests. In Soc Trang, test results from samples taken from a duck farm at Vien Binh Commune in My Xuyen District tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, said Nguyen Huu Minh, deputy chief of the Provincial Department of Animal Health. Before the Tet holiday period began on January 26, more than 500 ducks from the flock of 700 had shown symptoms of the disease and began dying gradually, Minh said. The district animal health division had taken samples before destroying the animals and sprayed decontaminants in the surrounding areas, he added. Minh said the abnormally low temperatures and … [Read more...]

Avian influenza spreads in Ca Mau

A bird flu epidemic has swept through two communes in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, forcing authorities to destroy more than 3,000 ducks. An official from the provincial Bird Flu Prevention Committee said after the virus broke out in the flock belonging to Nguyen Van Dong in Khanh Binh Commune late last month, the disease spread to nine more household duck flocks in Khanh Binh and Khanh Binh Dong communes. Five out of nine hamlets in Khanh Binh have been infected, with hundreds of ducks in three Khanh Binh Dong households tested positive to the H5N1A virus. The outbreak is the first this year in Ca Mau Province. Reported by Tran Thanh Phong … [Read more...]

Worker gets public apology after police beating in Vietnam

Commune authorities in southern province of Binh Duong have publicly apologized to a construction worker who was beaten unconscious by a local police officer on October 26. Construction worker Truong Cong Toan has received a public apology from commune authorities in Binh Duong Province after a local policeman beat him up during questioning on October 26. The People's Committee of Khanh Binh Commune in the province's Tan Uyen District apologized officially on December 2nd to Truong Cong Toan, a 40-year-old Nghe An native. Toan had earlier said in a complaint that he and other workers at a construction site in Khanh Binh Commune were involved in a fight on October 26 arising from certain misunderstandings. The commune's police arrived at the place soon after and told all the workers to come to the station and file a report on the incident. At the station, Toan said, he was beaten by a police official and another man not wearing a police uniform. During the beating, … [Read more...]

A potentially deadly bridge in Khanh Hoa

>> Khanh Hoa's deadly bridges A bridge in the central province of Khanh Hoa has become dilapidated to the point where it is a serious risk to the community who use it. Built in 1991, the bridge in Ba Cang Village, Khanh Hiep Commune, Khanh Vinh District, is now just a thin plank crossing Cho River. Despite the danger, the people of Ba Cang have no choice but to use the bridge, as it is the only way to cross the river. Much of the bridge was built using the branches of the particular tree called lo o (Bambusa procera), which are held together with wires. When repairs are needed, locals often replace the old branches with new ones. But a number of large gaps remain. Cao Minh Tuan, Chairman of Khanh Hiep Commune, said, "I'm extremely worried about the safety of the community. We want to build a new bridge, but we simply lack funds. The bridge has been the cause of many accidents and injuries. Still villagers have no choice but to use it." Ba Cang Village has 194 households, most … [Read more...]

Khanh Hoa’s deadly bridges

Many suspension bridges, which have been seriously degraded, are threatening lives of people in Khanh Vinh district, central Khanh Hoa Province. People going on the bridge face dangers A suspension bridge crossing over Cho River in Khanh Binh Commune, put into operation in 2007, is now in very bad condition. Many planks on the bridge surface have rotted and some even disappeared, creating holes of 0.5m-2m long each. People must go along the bridge's edge and many of them stumble on holes, having their bodies injured and vehicles broken. To prevent the hazards, the commune authority banned traffic on the bridge until the flood season comes. However, the damage is only getting worse and people are at risk. Nguyen Van Tranh, Chairman of Khanh Vinh People's Committee, said up to eight among the 12 suspension bridges in the district now need to be upgraded. The district authority plans to assign a task force to survey and outline cost estimates for the bridge construction. Planks on the … [Read more...]

Farmers’ increased holdings sees Delta rice farming develop

Together with the strong growth in rice output, increasing land acquisition by farmers in the Mekong Delta has helped boost agriculture, the Southern Institute of Social Sciences said. A rice field in the Mekong Delta, where acquisition of land by farmers has shot up in recent years, giving a shot in the arm to agriculture (Photo: bantinthitruong) In 1994 in the Mekong Delta, the number of farmers owning three to five hectares accounted for 3.65 percent and the numbers of those having over five hectares was 0.7 percent. Four years later the numbers had surged to 30.32 percent and 12.65 percent and they continue to rise, particularly in Dong Thap Muoi (known as the Plain of Reeds), the Long Xuyen quadrangle, and the Ca Mau peninsula. Kien Giang Province has more than 7,500 farmers owning five hectares or more, with 5,000 growing crops and the rest being aquaculturists. In An Giang Province the most prominent among the top landowners is Nguyen Huu Duc, of Thoai Son District. A laborer … [Read more...]

‘Fake’ rice seeds may lower crops

'Fake' rice seeds may lower crops (16-05-2009) CA MAU — Several farmers in the southernmost province of Ca Mau in the Mekong Delta are afraid that the poor-quality rice seeds they have bought could exact a heavy toll on the coming rice crop. In the province's Khanh Binh Commune in Tran Van Thoi District, farmers were very upset after discovering a shop selling the low-quality rice seeds by putting them in packs labelled Can Tho Agricultural Seedlings Centre. Not happy Even though the shop was fined VND7 million, asked to destroy the fake packaging and compensate farmers, residents are not appeased. Nguyen Cao Huynh, owner of Huynh Huong rice seeds agency who uncovered the shop's fraud, said relevant authorities needed to clarify where the fake rice seeds came from, otherwise farmers could continue to be cheated. Locals said the fake or poor-quality rice seed could help sellers earn profits of VND4,500 ($0.26) for each kilo, but the damage incurred by farmers could not be … [Read more...]

Minh Tien JSC Inaugurates New Factory

Minh Tien Joint-stock Company on January 1 officially inaugurated Minh Tien Export-Import Manufacturing and Trading Joint-stock Company specialising in producing, processing, exporting and importing wooden products and materials, which is located at Hamlet 3A, Khanh Binh Commune, Tan Uyen Precinct, Binh Duong Province. The new Company owns five workshops with the capacity of 40 containers a week that are equipped with modern machinery and technologies from the UK, United States, and Taiwan in conformity with ISO 9001 - 2000, ISO 1400 (International Standard of Environment Safety), and TQM (Total Quality Management System). Besides, the Company also owns an experienced managerial staff and a labour force of more than 500 high-skilled and professionally trained workers. The Company has proven its potential competitiveness by signing and taking big orders of USD2 million. At present, the Company mainly focuses on the local market and exports to such markets as Japan, the United States, … [Read more...]

Bird flu returns to Ca Mau village

Bird flu returns to Ca Mau village (02-02-2009) HA NOI — Bird flu re-emerged in a village in the southernmost province of Ca Mau last Thursday, but local officials said yesterday it had been brought under control. More than 460 unvaccinated ducks tested positive for the H5N1 virus on Friday, one day after being found dead on a farm in Rach Bao Village in Tran Van Thoi District's Khanh Binh Commune. The head of the district agricultural department, Su Van Minh, told Viet Nam News yesterday that local veterinary staff promptly culled the infected birds and disinfected the surrounding areas to keep the lethal virus from spreading to other farms. Minh said the infected ducks, mostly weighing over a kilo, hadn't been vaccinated. "We therefore ordered the village and commune to set up inspection teams to investigate the problem and innoculate the unvaccinated fowl," he said. "This year's cold weather has also favoured the virus to mature," he added. Minh, who is also deputy … [Read more...]

Fuel smuggling in Mekong Delta province thrives

Since the beginning of this year fuel smuggling from the Mekong Delta province of An Giang to Vietnam's neighbor Cambodia has flourished, report sources from provincial customs offices. The increase in smuggling is because a liter of gasoline sells for 7,000 Vietnamese dongs (VND) higher in Cambodia than in Vietnam and a liter of diesel 4,000 VND higher, according to customs officers. One US dollar is equivalent to about 15,750 VND. Smugglers often illegally transport fuel to Cambodia from An Giang by boats via a border river linking the two areas, customs officers revealed. Each day, around 50 boats carrying smuggled gasoline slip across the border from midnight to early morning. Over the last eight months, thousands of liters of fuel have been seized through anti-smuggling operations carried out by An Giang customs officers and border police, according to reports. One night recently Khanh Binh Commune border police said they had prevented 10 motorbikes from … [Read more...]

MoNRE’s defence-security education checked

PANO - A delegation from the Central Council for Defence and Security Education, led by Senior Lieutenant General Vo Tien Trung, Director of the Academy of Defence and member of the council, inspected the defence and security education of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) on October 15th in Hanoi. At the working session. According to MoNRE's report, the ministry has effectively carried out defence and security education by closely attaching it to its professional missions and annually opening training courses for its personnel, contributing to raising their awareness and sense of responsibility in the matter. At the event, the general hailed the ministry's achievements in defence and security education and asked them to continue firmly grasping the higher levels' instructions to direct its units to implement their assigned tasks. The same day, the delegation checked the task at the ministry's two units, including the General Department of Geology and … [Read more...]

Peat reserves in southern forest roughly 13 million tonnes

Current peat reserves of U Minh Ha forest in southernmost Ca Mau province are estimated at 13 million tonnes, worth tens of millions of US dollars, according to the Southern Geological Mapping Division under the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam. That was just part of greater peat reserves that existed here in the past, said Nguyen Tan Truyen - deputy head of the science-international cooperation section at the U Minh Ha National Park. He added forest fires have ruined a considerable volume and area of peatland. Peat is a rare non-renewable natural resource with high economic value. The peatland area in Vietnam is only 36,000ha with about 24,000ha in the Mekong Delta and U Minh forests in Ca Mau and neighbouring Kien Giang province. In U Minh Ha forest, peat can only be found in 8,527ha out of the total area of 40,000ha. Peat acts as a filter helping refine water while peatlands are critical to easing the seriousness of floods and sustaining river flows in … [Read more...]

Travel News in Brief 8/4

Volcanic caves open to tourists The Young Generation Co. Ltd has started running experimental tours to the 25km long volcanic cave system in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong. The system, the largest in Southeast Asia, was discovered more than seven years ago in Krong No district. One cave, the 594 metre-long grotto known as C3, is the second longest tube-shaped volcanic cave in Southeast Asia. An adjacent cave is located in a forest full of beautiful old trees. The caves have distinctive volcanic characteristics, such as ancient lava banks, solidified lava flows and big sinkholes full of tropical plants. Tourist can also enjoy gong performances by the M’Nong ethnic people and visit other local scenic areas. The cave system has been studied by the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam, with the support of UNESCO, since 2007. The caves have also been examined by scientists from the Japan Caving Association. Vietnam aims to attract tourists from … [Read more...]

Volcanic caves open to tourists

The Young Generation Co. Ltd has started running experimental tours to the 25km long volcanic cave system in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong. The system, the largest in Southeast Asia, was discovered more than seven years ago in Krong No district. One cave, the 594 metre-long grotto known as C3, is the second longest tube-shaped volcanic cave in Southeast Asia. An adjacent cave is located in a forest full of beautiful old trees. The caves have distinctive volcanic characteristics, such as ancient lava banks, solidified lava flows and big sinkholes full of tropical plants. Tourist can also enjoy gong performances by the M’Nong ethnic people and visit other local scenic areas. The cave system has been studied by the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam, with the support of UNESCO, since 2007. The caves have also been examined by scientists from the Japan Caving Association.-VNA … [Read more...]

Local firm offers tours to Vietnam’s first-ever volcanic cave system

A local company has launched tours to Vietnam’s first-ever volcanic cave system, which also boasts Southeast Asia's longest and second longest grottos. The volcanic cave system, located in Krong No District of Dak Nong Province in the Central Highlands, consists of 12 caves. The He Tre Co., a travel firm based in Ho Chi Minh City, has just begun operating tours which allow tourists to explore Caves C3 and C6 of the system. Cave C3, which measures 594.4 meters in length and is cylindrical in shape, is considered Southeast Asia’s second longest, according to the Japan Caving Association (JCA), which has conducted exhaustive exploration of and research on the system for several years. Meanwhile, Cave C6, which received a team of JCA experts in January this year, boasts unique, resplendent charms. This is one of the few caves with a natural gas pit formed from masses of gas emitted during previous eruptions, experts observed. The pit allows sun beams to leak … [Read more...]

Bids approved for mineral exploitation rights

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has approved a plan on the first biddings for mineral exploitation rights in 2015, which include minerals in four areas. The bidding plan is a move to better manage, exploit and use the mineral resources, as well as reduce the impact on the environment. — Photo binhthuan The approved minerals are iron in Khe Bang Mine in the northern province of Phu Tho's Thu Cuc Commune, metacarbonate rock – which is used in brick patterns – in the northern province of Yen Bai's Suoi Giang Commune, gold in the central province of Quang Binh's Xa Khia Commune and fluorite in the northern province of Cao Bang's Binh Duong Commune. The bidding plan is a move to better manage, exploit and use the mineral resources, as well as reduce the impact on the environment. The General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam has been assigned to provide bidders with all necessary information. … [Read more...]

Geological surveys reveal major 2014 findings in VN

Geological survey efforts in 2014 revealed substantial discoveries, including the highlighted volcanic cavern system in Krong No district in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam (DGMV) reported. The cavern system holds significant scientific and aesthetic value and is potentially the largest volcanic grotto in Southeast Asia, according to Vietnamese and Japanese scientists. In 2014, the DGMV also conducted a survey of coal reserves under the Red River Delta, uncovering the location of major coal seams and a coal reserve of nearly 1.46 billion tonnes in the southeast coastal area of Tien Hai district in northern Thai Binh province. Another survey revealed an estimated 4.56 billion tonnes of crude bauxite ore and 3.13 billion tonnes of laterite ore concentrated in the Central Highlands. DGMV Deputy General Director Bui Vinh Kien said the agency will continue to expand its surveys in 2015 with a focus on exploring … [Read more...]

Geological surveys reveal major 2014 findings

Geological survey efforts in 2014 revealed substantial discoveries, including the highlighted volcanic cavern system in Krong No district in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam (DGMV) reported. The cavern system holds significant scientific and aesthetic value and is potentially the largest volcanic grotto in Southeast Asia, according to Vietnamese and Japanese scientists. In 2014, the DGMV also conducted a survey of coal reserves under the Red River Delta, uncovering the location of major coal seams and a coal reserve of nearly 1.46 billion tonnes in the southeast coastal area of Tien Hai district in northern Thai Binh province. Another survey revealed an estimated 4.56 billion tonnes of crude bauxite ore and 3.13 billion tonnes of laterite ore concentrated in the Central Highlands. DGMV Deputy General Director Bui Vinh Kien said the agency will continue to expand its surveys in 2015 with a focus on exploring … [Read more...]