Techniques for farming in Mekong Delta salty land introduced

Hanoi, March 18 (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Cultivation Department has issued a set of techniques for rice and fruit cultivation in salty land in the Mekong Delta, its head Ma Quang Trung has informed. He called for outlining a map of saltwater-infected areas, thereby studying suitable species of plants and animals to farm. A research on early-maturing rice varieties that could stand high salinity levels should be promptly conducted, he said. The summer-autumn rice should be sown in April and May, he said, adding that water should be used sparingly. According to the departments of agriculture and rural development in the region, over 1.6 million ha of summer-autumn rice will be planted, up 628 ha from the same crop last year. More than 900,000ha of autumn-winter rice will be sown, 25,800 ha more than last year’s crop. According to the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources, saltwater will encroach deep into most of the Mekong … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta farmers grapple with worst saline intrusion

Mekong Delta farmers are struggling with the worst water shortages and saltwater intrusion in nearly a century. A rice field in Lich Hoi Thuong commune of Soc Trang province dies of saltwater intrusion. The Mekong Delta has nearly 4 million hectares of farmland, accounting for almost 30 percent of Vietnam’s total farmland area, with over 50 percent under rice. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that due to the impacts of El Nino, the rainy season (usually from May to October) came late and ended early in 2015. Meanwhile, the water levels of the upper Mekong River are declining quickly and have reached the lowest level in nine decades, leading to serious water shortages during the dry season (usually from November to April). Thach Son, a farmer in Lich Hoi Thuong commune of Soc Trang province, said his family has more than 5,000 sq.m. of rice and it was all damaged by saltwater. He doesn’t know what to do now, as his three children already … [Read more...]

Social News 20/2

PM approves programme to prevent child injuries The Prime Minister has approved a programme to prevent children from having accidents from 2016-2020. It aims to see a decline in the rate of children falling victims to accidents to six per thousand and that of children killed in accidents to 1.7 per thousand. The programme also aims to reduce the number of children killed in road accidents by 25 percent and build five million safe houses, 10,000 safe schools and 300 communes with safe community standards. Communication work will be enhanced to raise the awareness of injury prevention among children, the community, relevant agencies and staff. Safe houses, schools, roads and communities will be built while consultation and treatment services will be provided for children and their families. The programme aims to spread the pilot models in a bid to develop a safe network for children while connecting relevant bodies to devise measures to prevent fatal drowning and traffic … [Read more...]

Saltwater intrusion damages over 1,000ha of rice in Hau Giang

Hau Giang, February 18 (VNA) – Over 1,000ha of winter-spring rice in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang has been damaged by saltwater intrusion, according to the provincial agriculture sector. The sector predicted that around of 60,000ha of rice, 15,000ha of fruit and 10,000ha of sugar cane and pineapples will suffer during this dry season. For the first time, saltwater has even reached Chau Thanh district and Nga Bay township – normally safe places for growing fruit. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat said on February 17 that the phenomenom in the Mekong Delta is comparable to a once-in-a-century disaster. The saltwater intrusion and drought are likely to prolong till this May, said head of the provincial Irrigation Department Le Phuoc Dai. Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Tran Cong Chanh requested that between now and the end of the dry season, relevant units must gauge and publicise the level of water salinity to … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta faces drought, seawater intrusion

Trung Chanh Drought and seawater intrusion have hit thousands of hectares under rice cultivation and caused drinking water shortages for thousands of farmers in the region though now is not the peak of the dry season. Cao Van Hoa, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Tien Giang Province, said drought and seawater intrusion have caused heavy damage to the winter-spring rice crop and drinking water shortages in the eastern districts of the province. Hoa told the Daily that about 660 hectares of winter-spring rice in Go Cong Dong and Go Cong Tay districts has been damaged. Meanwhile, Tan Phu Dong District lacks fresh water for locals. Earlier, Kien Giang Province told the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development that about 34,000 hectares of rice in An Bien and An Minh districts had been withered, affecting 14,250 households. The province said that harsh weather would exact its toll on more rice fields in An Bien and An Minh districts, … [Read more...]

Nga Bay town, role model in building new-style rural areas in Mekong delta

(VOVworld) – Nga Bay town is the first new-style rural area in Hau Giang province. It has become a role model in new rural development in the Mekong Delta. Nga Bay town received the certificate of new-style rural area in late 2015. In an address, Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the steering committee for new rural development Vu Van Ninh praised the achievements of Hau Giang province and Nga Bay over recent years: "Nga Bay town with a per capita income of roughly 2,000USD in 2015 was the first district-level locality in the Mekong Delta to be recognized as a new-style rural area. It is an honor for the Party committee, administration, and people of Hau Giang province. Nga Bay has contributed significantly to Vietnam’s new rural development." Over 5 years Nga Bay has invested approximately 40 million USD in new rural development, one third of which was state capital and the rest contributed by local businesses and residents. The money was used to build public … [Read more...]

Hau Giang plans clean water funds

HAU GIANG (VNS) — The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang plans to allocate more than VND35 billion (US$1.56 million) to bring clean water to local rural residents in 2016. Under the plan, over 4,000 additional rural households will have access to clean water, raising the rate of rural households supplied with clean water to 88 per cent. The rural clean water programme will be implemented together with other socio-economic development and new-style rural area building programmes, focused on the remote and far-flung areas with crowded population. The province aims to mobilise different resources for the rural clean water programme while offering incentives to investors from other provinces in the sector. The programme is expected to improve the living and health conditions of rural residents while contributing to environmental protection. In 2015, the province spent nearly VND26 billion ($1.16 million) to build water facilities, serving roughly 5,000 households in … [Read more...]

Nearly 1,300 communes recognised meeting new rural area standard

The Hanoitimes - The Central Steering Committee for the National Programme on building new rural area held a conference on December 8 in Hanoi to review its implementation in the 2010-2015 period, map out orientations and tasks for 2016-2020. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh attended the conference. According to the Steering Committee's report, the plans of the programme has basically been completed. The statistics showed that 98.7% of communes nationwide have achieved the criteria on the plan of the new rural area. The country has had 1,298 communes (accounting for 14.5%) recognized to meeting the standard of new rural area. The average number of criteria per commune has been 12.9 (up 8.2 criteria compared with in 2010). At present, 11 districts across the country have received the Prime Minister's decision to recognise as the new … [Read more...]

Social News 7/12

Rescue work continues in search for missing sailors Bad weather is hindering rescue efforts to save four missing sailors from a fishing boat which capsized two days ago in the sea between Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province. The boat, captained and owned by Hoang Van Tuyen, 34, capsized at about 4am on Saturday morning due to big waves, throwing all nine members on board at the time into the sea. Two of the sailors were saved by a foreign freight ship passing by the area while a Vietnamese ship nearby had rescued another three after receiving the SOS call from Hai Phong Coast Station. Four remain missing so far, including the youngest one Pham Van Tung, 22, together with Pham Van Hai, 47, Nguyen Van Duong, 43 and Bui Van Thuong, 32. All the ship members come from Hau Loc District in Thanh Hoa Province. Thanh Hoa's Disaster Prevention and Rescue Office Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Hoang Minh Luyen said that the Viet Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre had … [Read more...]

Outstanding localities, organisations in rural development honoured

Hanoi, December 7 (VNA) – Nearly 100 localities and organisations were honoured for remarkable achievements in the rural modernisation drive at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 6 as part of the ninth National Patriotic Emulation Congress. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, head of the Central Council for Emulation and Rewards, presented the first class Labour Order to 13 centrally-run cities and provinces, namely Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Thai Nguyen, Nam Dinh, Quang Ninh, Ha Tinh, Binh Dinh, Lam Dong, Dong Nai, Hau Giang, Long An, Lao Cai and Lai Chau. These cities and provinces lead the country in the number of communes recognised as new-styled rural areas and the amount of capital resources mobilized for the drive. For example, Hanoi has 141 out of its 386 communes and Dan Phuong district recognised as new-style rural areas. Dan Phuong district, in particular, spent nearly 25 trillion VND (1.1 billion USD) in the field. Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City has three recognised … [Read more...]

Areas subject to investment incentives in Vietnam

Investors shall be entitled to investment incentives if the carry out investment in the following disadvantaged or extremely disadvantaged areas, according to the Government’s recent Decree. No Province Extremely disadvantaged areas Disadvantaged areas 1 Bac Kan All districts, towns and Bac Kan city 2 Cao Bang All districts and Cao Bang city 3 Ha Giang All districts and Ha Giang city 4 Lai Chau All districts and Lai Chau city 5 Son La All district and Son La city 6 Dien Bien All district, towns and Dien Bien city 7 Lao Cai All districts Lao Cai city 8 Tuyen Quang Districts: Na Hang, Chiem Hoa, Lam Binh Districts: Ham Yen, Son Duong, Yen Son, and Tuyen Quang city 9 Bac Giang District: Son Dong Districts: Luc Ngan, Luc Nam, Yen Te, Hiep Hoa 10 Hoa Binh Districts: Da Bac, Mai Chau Districts: Kim Boi, Ky Son, Luong Son, Lac Thuy, Tan Lac, Cao Phong, Lac Son, Yen … [Read more...]

Building new rural areas in difficult communes under discussion

(CPV) - On November 26th, the Coordinating Office for New Rural Development organized a seminar to propose solutions to speed up building new rural areas sustainably in difficult communes. According to the office, by November 2015, the country has had 1,298 communes recognized to the standard required of new rural areas. On average, each commune fulfills 13.56 norms while 214 communes in difficult areas have met the standards. The country is expected to have 1,450 communes meeting the standards in 2015. Photo: CPV For the district level, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has recognized 10 districts meeting the standards, including; Xuan Loc, Long Khanh town (Dong Nai province), Cu Chi, Hoc Mon, Nha Be (Ho Chi Minh city), Dong Trieu (Quang Ninh), Hai Hau (Nam Dinh), Don Duong (Lam Dong), Dan Phuong (Hanoi) and Nga Bay town (Hau Giang). Aiming to create favorable conditions for the building of new rural areas in difficult areas, in his speech at the seminar, Mr. Nguyen Minh … [Read more...]

Areas subject to investment incentives

VGP – Investors shall be entitled to investment incentives if the carry out investment in the following disadvantaged or extremely disadvantaged areas, according to the Government’s recent Decree. No Province Extremely disadvantaged areas Disadvantaged areas 1 Bac Kan All districts, towns and Bac Kan city 2 Cao Bang All districts and Cao Bang city 3 Ha Giang All districts and Ha Giang city 4 Lai Chau All districts and Lai Chau city 5 Son La All district and Son La city 6 Dien Bien All district, towns and Dien Bien city 7 Lao Cai All districts Lao Cai city 8 Tuyen Quang Districts: Na Hang, Chiem Hoa, Lam Binh Districts: Ham Yen, Son Duong, Yen Son, and Tuyen Quang city 9 Bac Giang District: Son Dong Districts: Luc Ngan, Luc Nam, Yen Te, Hiep Hoa 10 Hoa Binh Districts: Da Bac, Mai Chau … [Read more...]

Hau Giang to offer houses to 1,720 families

The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang will spend more than VND48 billion (US$2.1 million) from the State and provincial budgets to build and repair houses for 1,720 families of martyrs and contributors to the revolution, according to Dong Van Thanh, deputy chairman of the provincial People's Committee. The families will receive between VND20 million ($900) and VND40 million ($1,800) each to use for construction. Tin Tuc (News) Hand-foot-mouth disease on a rapid rise Hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) has increased rapidly with dozens of cases per week in Hau Giang Province, according to the province's Department of Health. So far this year, 480 cases have been reported. The number of HFMD cases is increasing mostly in Phung Hiep District and Nga Bay Commune. Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) Conference held to discuss energy future Viet Nam needs to increase the use of renewable energy resources and push power trading with Asian countries to meet its demand, which … [Read more...]

DPRK delegation seeks investment opportunities in Hau Giang

A delegation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) led by Minister of Foreign Trade Ri Ryong-nam visited the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang on October 27-28 to inquire into possible investment cooperation. Meeting Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Cong Chanh on October 28, Minister Ri Ryong-nam said the visit is to seek business partners and foster friendship between the two countries. The Hau Giang leader said the province is agriculture-reliant with 80% of its population living on farming. With 80% of land area used for farming, the province produces more than 1 million tonnes of food each year, including over 600,000 tonnes of rice. Home to two industrial parks and four industrial clusters, Hau Giang has attracted enterprises operating in thermal power and paper plants, seafood processing, and beverages. The province is compiling a list of projects calling for domestic and foreign … [Read more...]

Hau Giang Tapping Tourism Potential

On 10th June 2014, Hau Giang Provincial Party Committee issued Resolution 09-NQ/TU on tourism development of Hau Giang province towards 2020 with the vision to 2030, which marked an important milestone for Hau Giang tourism transformation. Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Duy Tan stressed: "This resolution, along with the scheme for tourism development of the Mekong River Delta region towards 2020 with the vision to 2030 of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is expected to create development momentum for the tourism sector and make Hau Giang an attractive destination of the Mekong River Delta." Could you please share more about the potentials and advantages of Hau Giang in tourism development? Hau Giang has many natural tourist potentials with distinguished characteristics to develop tourism products. In particular, there are a vast river system and many rural products such as Cau Duc pineapple, Phu Huu pomelo, and Long Tri tangerine. … [Read more...]

Hau Giang Reaching for Modern, Sustainable Development

In spite of having poor socioeconomic infrastructure, in the past five years (2010-2015), the Party, government and people of Hau Giang province have constantly endeavoured to mobilise its resources to overcome numerous difficulties and accomplish very important comprehensive achievements to gradually raise its position in the Mekong Delta. Many bright spots The five year socioeconomic development plan (2011-2015) sets 19 key indicators and Hau Giang province has achieved all 19 indicators, with 11 exceeding the targets and seven matching the objectives. Economic growth, economic restructuring, and labour structure have made a progress. Annual economic growth averaged at 13.12 percent, almost touching the target of 13.5 percent. The economic restructure of Region 1, Region 2 and Region 3 was 23.75 percent, 34.25 percent and 42 percent in 2015, respectively. People's life has improved quite clearly, with GDP per capita reaching VND36.5 million (US$1,699) in 2015, 2.3 times higher than … [Read more...]

Hau Giang Province gets first new-style rural district

HCM CITY (VNS) — Nga Bay Town in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang has been recognised as a new-style rural district, the first in the region, Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh has announced. Nga Bay Town has three communes that meet 19 criteria of a new-style rural area, including Dai Thanh commune, which was recognised as new-style rural area in 2013, Tan Thanh Commune in 2014 and Hiep Loi Commune in June. The town has met all the national new rural area criteria, especially in agriculture. Pham Chi Dung, chairman of Nga Bay Town's People's Committee, said that farmers in the town had been trained in cutting-edge technologies in agriculture to help reduce crop and animal disease and increase output. The training has helped reduce manual work, increase productivity, cut costs and reduce pollution. Eighteen households in Dai Thanh Commune now have an income of more than VND1 billion (US$44,708) per year; 110 households from VND500 million ($22,326) to VND1 billion, and … [Read more...]

Hau Giang urged to step up agricultural restructuring and new rural development

(VOVworld) – Nga Bay district in Hau Giang province has been commended for completing its new rural development criteria. Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh (C) awards the PM’s decision to recognize Nga Bay district to complete new rural development criteria. At a ceremony on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh called on Hau Giang province to build on its achievements so far and encourages local people to join efforts to develop the homeland sustainably. Mr. Ninh, who heads the steering committee of the National Target Program on New Rural Development, said agricultural restructuring in combination with new rural development should focus on the development of advantageous products and application of science and technology to production. Mr. Ninh called for "Hau Giang to make use of mechanisms and policies flexibly matching its specific conditions and outline a suitable roadmap for its new rural development in line with its contributions. Hau Giang also needs to maintain and … [Read more...]