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...]

First Mekong Delta district-level town meets ‘new- style rural’ standards

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh grants the government decision to Hau Giang authorities NDO - Nga Bay town under the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang was recognised as the first district-level town in the Mekong Delta to meet all 19 criteria set for a 'new-style rural' locality, according to a government decision announced on October 12. Nga Bay town has 100% of its three communes admitted as 'new-style rural' communes with the improvements in the rural infrastructure system including electricity system, road networks, irrigation system, schools, health stations, and cultural communal houses among others. The average income of the local people was raised from VND10 million in 2010 to VND45 million in 2015, and the poverty rate was reduced by 1.5% per year to 2.06% in 2015. Speaking at the announcement ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh praised achievements made by Nga Bay town and Hau Giang province. He added that it is a huge challenge for Hau Giang to fulfil its target of … [Read more...]

Labor Confederation seeks 14.4% salary increase

The Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL) sent a proposal to the Prime Minister on October 5 seeking an increase to the minimum salary in 2016 of 14.4 per cent, saying it did not agree with the increase 12.4 per cent decided on by the National Wage Council. A VGCL representative said the factors behind the proposal included improving economic development and that the minimum salary must ensure the minimum living standards of workers and their families under Article No. 91 of the Labor Law. The 14.4 per cent increase in 2016 would lead to the minimum salary meeting living standards in 2017, he added. The proposal comes as the National Party Congress approaches. On September 3 the National Wage Council proposed that that the minimum wage in 2016 be increased by 12.4 per cent. The minimum for Regions I, II, III and IV would be VND3.5 million ($156), VND3.1 million ($138), VND2.7 million ($120) and VND2.4 million ($107), respectively. Region I: Districts in: - Hanoi: Gia … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta sugarcane growers enjoy bumper crop, high prices

Farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have entered sugarcane crop of 2015-2016 with joy of bumper crop and high sugarcane prices. Sugarcanes are being transported to Vi Thanh Sugar Plant in Hau Giang Province. (Photo: SGGP) Currently, traders bought sugarcanes at VND950-1,000 per kilogram at the field, VND200 higher than that in the same period last year. This price level ensures profits for farmers. Phung Hiep District and Nga Bay Town in Hau Giang Province are places where sugarcanes were harvest earliest among provinces in the Mekong Delta. During these days, farmers feel motivated as early sugarcanes are not only sold at high prices but also easily. Le Van Gan, a farmer in Phung Hiep District’s Hiep Hung Commune, happily said that this year he grew 7,000 square meters of sugarcanes. Many traders offered him a price of VND970 per kilogram. After excluding all expenses, he had a profit of VND20 million for this sugarcane crop. Sharing the same joy, Truong Van Hien, … [Read more...]

Ministry proposes minimum wage rise for 2016

VGP – The minimum wage may increase by VND 250,000 – 400,000 (nearly US$12.5–20) since 2016, according to the draft decree prepared by the Ministry of Labor–Invalids and Social Affairs. The draft decree was introduced after the National Salary Council (NSC) on September 3 agreed to a 12.4% increase in minimum wage for 2016. Under the decree, the minimum monthly salary for Region I, Region II, Region III and Region IV will be VND3.5 million, VND3.1 million, VND2.7 million, and VND2.4 million, respectively. The Ministry estimated that the proposed increase could meet up to 90% of the workers’ minimum living standards. The new salary floor will not significantly affect business operations as businesses are offering their workers higher salary levels required for 2015, said the Ministry, adding that The draft decree is available on the website of the ministry for public consultation. Region I: - Ha Noi: Gia Lam, Dong Anh, Soc Son, Thanh Tri, Tu … [Read more...]

The ugly truth about Vietnam’s floating markets

A man who is a trader of Cai Rang floating market dumps vegetable peels into the Cai Rang River. Photo: Dinh Tuyen As the first rays of the sun shone down, some foreign tourists on a boat were enjoying the cool air and bustling trade at Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho city until they saw something gross. A man on a boat docked in front of them was pulling his pants up: he had just defecated into the river below. They went barely 30 meters before they saw a man on another boat urinating into the river. Hong, the woman piloting the tourist boat, said, "It’s the ‘rush hour’ that lasts from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. when people relieve themselves." "All the people -- around several hundreds -- who live on boats here relieve themselves directly into the river." A man pulls his pants up after defecating into the Cai Rang River. Photo: Dinh Tuyen They also dump all types of rubbish, from vegetable peels to nylon bags and foam boxes, into the Cai Rang every day. As the … [Read more...]

Tourism creates real chances

By Quang Tuan The Nga Nam floating market in Soc Trang Province Soc Trang has 72 kilometers of coastline with sand dunes, alluvial grounds, coastal salt-marsh forests, islets and orchards. Hosting eight national cultural-historical heritage sites and 26 provincial heritage sites, the Mekong Delta province boasts specialties combining three communities—Vietnamese, Khmer and Chinese. Outstanding are the Buddhist Tower and the Khmer-style architecture of the house of Mai Mai Huyen in Phu My Commune, My Tu District—the local tourist magnet. Such advantages enable Soc Trang to develop eco- and community-based tourism, especially in localities such as My Phuoc Islet, Phong Nam Islet, Dung Islet, Vinh Chau Town, Nga Nam Town, Chau Thanh District and Tran De District. According to Soc Trang Province’s tourism development master plan in 2011-2020, the province focuses on projects concerning the two types of tourism (see list below). To realize these projects, the … [Read more...]

Low water levels threaten Hau Giang’s aquatic sector

VietNamNet Bridge – The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang is facing extremely low water levels in local rivers, canals and fields, affecting the locality’s aquatic productivity. Illustrative image -- File photo Water levels recorded in the main rivers passing Hau Giang are 20 centimetres below the lowest level in a decade. Current levels at the Nga Bay gauging station in the Cai Con River is 0.84 metres, dropping 0.45 metres from earlier this year, while the maximum height seen at the Long My station is 1 metre and the lowest is only 0.68 metres. In Chau Thanh A District, home to the largest aquatic area in the province with about 700 hectares, farmers have not able to stock water with fry due to the low water levels. Experts held that the water level is likely to continue dropping as a result of the prolonged hot spell, low rainfall and impacts of hydropower dykes in Mekong river mainstream. In early June, abnormal salinity was seen many local canals, hindering … [Read more...]

Hau Giang calls for investment in agriculture

Authorities from the province of Hau Giang in the Mekong Delta have issued a policy to encourage enterprises to invest in agriculture during 2015-2020. This policy will be implemented in a bid to promote sustainable development, to improve the output, quality and value of agricultural products. Accordingly, the locality calls for investment in agricultural development projects in the districts of Long My, Vi Thuy, Chau Thanh, Phung Hiep, Chau Thanh A, Nga Bay Town and Vi Thanh city. Organisations, firms and households that invest in livestock breeding , medicinal herb farming and infrastructure development for processing and preserving agro-forestry-aquaculture products, will receive investment incentives and support from the local authorities. Additionally, investors will also be assisted in training to improve human resources, expanding the market, and applying and transferring technologies. Local authorities have also focused on simplifying administrative procedures in … [Read more...]

Hidden perils posed by markets located beneath bridges in Vietnam

Markets, mostly spontaneous ones, which sit beneath bridges where vehicles speed down slopes, create worrying accident hazards. Local architect Le Cong Si shared his concerns about the issue with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. He cited a fatal traffic accident which occurred earlier this month on the slope of Ba Si Bridge, which spans National Highway 53 in Cang Long District in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh. The accident, which involved two long-distance coaches, killed four on the spot. Another victim died in hospital later. According to a preliminary police investigation, the two drivers were trying to overtake each other, resulting in the tragic accident. One of the two drivers claimed in his testimony that he spotted a person crossing beneath the bridge, causing him to apply the brakes abruptly. His sudden braking forced the driver of the ensuing coach to veer left to avoid running into the rear of the bus in front, which caused him to crash into the motorbikes … [Read more...]

Vietnamese woman spends 10 years educating kids on health, environmental protection for free

A woman in southern Vietnam has spent 10 years of her life teaching kids about health, environmental protection, and other social skills to protect themselves. It was a Sunday when more than 30 children aged from 6 to 14 excitedly flocked to the class of Nguyen Thi Le Huyen, also called Mrs. Hai, where they were taught basic knowledge of nutrition and disease prevention. In the classroom located in Ba Ngan A Hamlet, Dai Thanh Commune, Nga Bay Town, Hau Giang Province, the 65-year-old teacher asked her students to review their previous lesson on HIV prevention before starting the new lesson on dengue fever. "Dengue is dangerous because there is no vaccine against or antidote to it," Mrs. Hai told the students, emphasizing that children who are infected with this illness could lose their lives. "It is better to prevent it than cure it." She then taught the children the development cycle of mosquitos as well as how to kill them and their larvae in the hope that the kids could … [Read more...]

Vietnam decides to spend over $1.6mn restoring century-old floating market

More than US$1.6 million has been earmarked for a project to restore a century-old floating market in the Mekong Delta with a view to leveraging the region’s waterway ecological tourism potential. Work started on Friday on the revamp of the Nga Bay Floating Market in Nga Bay Town of Hau Giang Province. The project, worth over VND35 billion ($1.63 million), including more than VND22 billion ($1.03 million) from the central government’s coffers and the remainder from the provincial budget, is implemented on a land plot and water area spanning over 3,100 square meters. It is aimed at re-enacting more peddling scenes of the river market and its bustling milieu, and harnessing the area’s green tourism potential. The project will also see the construction of a wharf, which is capable of harboring 10 tourist boats of around 200 passengers each during one market session. Implemented until 2017, the project also incorporates the building of other components likes … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – May 17

Let us start your Sunday by skimming these news items on Tuoi Tre News. Politics -- On Saturday, Vietnamese Defense Minister General Phung Quang Thanh and his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan witnessed a joint patrol by the two countries’ border soldiers which took place in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai. The activity is part of the second Vietnam-China border amity exchange program. -- Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Le Hai Binh on Saturday voiced the country’s fierce objection to a fishing ban recently imposed by China on part of the East Vietnam Sea, and dismissed the ban as invalid. Society -- The Co Chien Bridge, which links the Mekong Delta provinces of Ben Tre and Tra Vinh, was opened to traffic during a ceremony on Saturday, which was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The bridge, which measures 1,599 meters in length, was constructed for 21 months under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model and cost VND2.3 trillion … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta needs huge investment to restore floating markets

Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Mekong Delta cities and provinces are calling for large-scale investments to restore a number of floating markets such as Cai Be in Tien Giang province, Cai Rang in Can Tho city, Nga Bay in Hau Giang province, and Nga Nam in Soc Trang province. Floating markets are a special feature of the delta, offering visitors the chance to see dozens of boats selling agricultural products and flowers. However, only a few of the markets have retained their unique characteristics due to the development of road transport decreasing the number of trade boats. The number of trade boats operating at the Cai Rang market, for example, has halved from its original 500 varieties, and the Nga Bay floating market was moved 10 kilometres away to Ba Nga to ensure marine transport safety, but affected trade activities between sellers and customers. Most of the markets are busy only at the end of the lunar year or the arrival of spring due to high demand for farm produce. … [Read more...]