Hau Giang plants king orange trees

The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang has begun growing seedless king oranges on a pilot basis in Chau Thanh District. Farmers have received support to grow 4,000 seedless king orange trees from the province's Agriculture Extension Centre and the Chau Thanh District Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau. All of the seedlings are expected to be planted by the end of July. The seedlings were multiplied from first-line seedless king-orange trees created by the Southern Fruit Research Institute. Seedless king oranges are not new to the country, as they have been grown in a few other provinces. Nguyen Van Truong, deputy head of the bureau, said the district looked forward to exporting the seedless oranges. Over the past few years, farmers in Hau Giang have earned high profits up to 700 million VND (33,300 USD) to 1 billion VND (47,600 USD) per ha a year from growing seeded king oranges. In Phung Hiep District's Hoa My Commune, for instance, all 19 farming households in … [Read more...]

Social News 3/2

String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]

Nga Bay town recognized as 3rd class urban area

(VOVworld) – A ceremony was held in Hau Giang province on Friday to celebrate the recognition of Nga Bay town as a 3rd class urban area. President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh attended the event. Mr. Nhan said: "I hope that the Party committee, administration, and people of Hau Giang and Nga Bay will continue to enhance the strength of the political system and people to make Nga Bay more developed. Nga Bay urban area should develop toward modernization while preserving its cultural traditions." The recognition of Nga Bay as an urban area will boost the pace of urbanization in the southwestern region as part of Vietnam’s strategy to develop a network of urban areas until 2025 with a vision to 2050. … [Read more...]

Tet gifts presented to the poor in Mekong Delta

State officials on January 30 presented gifts to the poor in the Mekong Delta provinces of Ben Tre and Hau Giang as the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet) is just less than one month away. National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Ben Tre officials gave 4,800 gift packages to low-income people. The presents, worth over 2 billion VND (95,200 USD), were donated by businesses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In nearby Hau Giang province, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan presented Tet gifts to poor families and Agent Orane/Dioxin victims in Dai Thanh commune, Nga Bay township. In addition to the State’s supports, the poor and AO/Dioxin victims in Hau Giang also received more than 66,000 gifts contributed by the public. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh the same day delivered 100 Tet packages to impoverished households and policy beneficiary families in Hoa An commune, Hau Giang’s Phung Hiep district. During their visits, the … [Read more...]

Top 5 attractive floating markets in Vietnam

(VOV) -The Vietnam Record Centre (Vietking) has announced top 5 floating markets in the western region of the country that attract a huge number of domestic and foreign visitors. Phung Hiep floating market (Hau Giang province) Phung Hiep floating market, also called Nga Bay, is the most unique market of this type in the Mekong Delta. In the market, buyers and sellers bargain noisily on boats which are filled with seafood, agricultural products, housewares, and even snakes, turtles, squirrels, and lizards. There are foods and drinks on small boats twist and turn to serve hungry sellers and buyers. Cai Rang floating market (Can Tho province) Cai Rang floating market, about 6km from Can Tho City, is the most famous and biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta, which starts around 05:00 and runs until mid-day. From early morning, the waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with fruits, vegetables, plants, and foods. Sellers hang a sample of the goods on sale on … [Read more...]

Travel Highlights 7/11

Hau Giang to revive famous market Nga Bay floating market, one of most famous floating markets in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, is an attractive destination in Hau Giang Province. At the market, hundreds of boats hang samples of their products, mostly agricultural produce, on bamboo poles. Sales begin early in the morning and end by noon. When the floating market was established in 1915, it was located at the meeting point of seven canals and rivers in Nga Bay town. It became one of the delta's busiest markets. However, when local authorities moved the market 10 years ago to a site three kilometres away to ensure traffic safety, sales began to fall. The provincial People's Committee has approved a project to revive the floating market for tourism purposes, which will include a 55.6-metre-long tourism boat wharf, road and other infrastructure. The project, which will cost about VND35 billion (US$1.7 million), will be implemented from 2015 to 2019. Ha Tinh opens tourist … [Read more...]

Hau Giang to revive famous market

Nga Bay floating market, one of most famous floating markets in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, is an attractive destination in Hau Giang Province. At the market, hundreds of boats hang samples of their products, mostly agricultural produce, on bamboo poles. Sales begin early in the morning and end by noon. When the floating market was established in 1915, it was located at the meeting point of seven canals and rivers in Nga Bay town. It became one of the delta's busiest markets. However, when local authorities moved the market 10 years ago to a site three kilometres away to ensure traffic safety, sales began to fall. The provincial People's Committee has approved a project to revive the floating market for tourism purposes, which will include a 55.6-metre-long tourism boat wharf, road and other infrastructure. The project, which will cost about VND35 billion (US$1.7 million), will be implemented from 2015 to 2019. - VNS … [Read more...]

Five famous old markets in Vietnam

Together with beautiful landscapes, Vietnam has been famous for old markets, such as Dong Xuan, Dong Ba and Ben Thanh, which reflect the fine cultural features of Vietnamese people. Visiting these markets, tourists can buy things they need and learn about the country's typical cultural features through handicraft products and traditional dishes. Here are five oldest markets in different localities of Vietnam. 1. Dong Xuan market in Hanoi Located in Dong Xuan ward, Dong Xuan market, selling household commodities, shoes, cloths and clothes, is one of the biggest and oldest markets in Hanoi and has closely attached to the ups and downs of the thousand-year old city. The market also attracts Vietnamese and international visitors by Hanoi's traditional dishes, such as Bun rieu cua (served with tomato broth, topped with crab paste and noodle), Bun cha (grilled pork and noodle) and various kinds of sweetened porridge. 2. Dong Ba market in Hue City Built in 1899 on poetic Huong … [Read more...]

Social News 7/10

Vietnam Buddhist Association established in Japan On October 5, Most Venerable Thich Thien Phap, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha (VBS) Executive Council announced a decision on the establishment of the 19-member Vietnam Buddhist Association in Japan for the 2013-2018 term headed by Buddhist nun Thich Tam Tri. Addressing the decision presentation ceremony, Buddhist nun Thich Tam Tri pledged her association's best efforts to reinforce solidarity among the Vietnamese community living in Japan, help teach Vietnamese language for children who were born and grew up in Japan, thus making them remember their roots and get a better understanding about national cultural traditions. The Association will help Vietnamese students living in difficult circumstance in Japan as well as Buddhist followers' dharma study and facilitate their participation in social activities as contributions to the VBS's Buddhist affairs, she said. At the ceremony, four ashrams in four Japanese cities- … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta localities boost new-style rural area building efforts

The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang aims to have an additional six communes meet the 19 requirements of the national new-style rural area building programme by late 2014. The six expected communes meet 15-18 out of the criteria, but do not fulfill the requirements on the environment, per capita average income, and cultural and educational facilities. It is estimated that the locality will need more than 150 billion VND (7.05 million USD) to implement measures to fulfill the remaining criteria. Local authorities have allocated 30 billion VND. Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Tran Cong Chanh said over the last three years the locality mobilised more than 21.5 trillion VND (1.01 billion USD) to construct and upgrade transport infrastructure, irrigation and water supply systems, cultural and educational services, medical facilities and production support for local residents. So far, only three communes meet all 19 criteria of the programme, including Dai Thanh (Nga … [Read more...]

Hau Giang Making Effort to Turn Tourism into Important Economic Sector

Along with optimistic socioeconomic development achievements, the tourism industry of Hau Giang province has witnessed a strong rise in tourist arrivals and played an important part in local economic development. Vietnam Business Forum has an interview with Mr Pham Thanh Nhu, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Hau Giang province, on this issue. Thanh Tam reports. Hau Giang is part of Mekong Delta tourism region with the highest number of tourist arrivals. While utilising abundant tourism potential, how has the tourism industry focused on diversifying tourism forms? Hau Giang has based on its local strengths and resources to diversify tourism forms, including the embankments of Xa No Canal (considered the longest river embankments in Vietnam). Beside completed projects like Viet Uc - Hau Giang Ecological Resort and Spring Forestry and Agriculture Centre, Hau Giang is now calling for investment capital for eight tourism projects, including Lung Ngoc Hoang … [Read more...]

Tapping Hau Giang Tourism Potential

In recent years, Hau Giang Tourism Promotion Information Centre has constantly strengthened investment promotion, broadcasting the image of Hau Giang tourism, contributing to tap tourism potential and making tourism a key economic sector of the province. Hau Giang has many untapped tourism potentials. According to experts, with a dense network of rivers, fertile soil, and fruit orchards, beautiful natural landscapes and historical relics, Hau Giang has advantageous conditions for distinctive tourism development. Develop potential tourism forms According to Mr Nguyen Van Hoang, Director of Hau Giang Tourism Promotion Information Centre, the province has great potential for development of tourism forms, in which ecotourism is considered a specific one. In Hau Giang, visitors can experience the ecology of tropical fruit orchards and fauna and flora in the Tay Do Ecopark, Phu Huu eco-tourism Park; or explore the Lung Ngoc Hoang Nature Reserve, a well-known low-lying area with unique … [Read more...]

Party chief asks Hau Giang to continue developing hi-tech agriculture sector

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong works with leaders of Nga Bay town, Hau Giang province (Source: vov) Nhan Dan/VNA - Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has asked the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang to develop a high-tech agriculture sector as a way of becoming industrialised. At his working session with local officials on August 15 as part of his southern tour, Party General Secretary Trong advised the locality to concentrate on expanding large-scale rice fields controlled by advanced technology in parallel with developing the processing industry. Local authorities should seek for more investments, attract more human and financial resources, and further improve the business environment, in order to realise these objectives, he suggested. He urged the province to strengthen connectivity with its surrounding localities, especially Can Tho City - the development centre in the region, in order to grow strongly. The Party leader also stressed the necessity to … [Read more...]

Hau Giang province urged to focus on agricultural production

(VOVworld)- Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong on Saturday inspected the implementation of the Party resolutions and social-economic development plans in Hau Giang province. In a meeting with local authorities, the Party leader asked the province to exert more efforts to fulfil set targets and carefully prepare for Party congresses at different levels. He said Hau Giang needed to focus more on agricultural production by increasing the value of agricultural products, restructuring and modernizing the agricultural sector: "Hau Giang province needs to focus more on expanding the scale and improving the quality and competitiveness of agricultural production. It's necessary to combine industrial and agricultural development, especially integrate the processing industry in agriculture. The province also needs to increase the number of large-scale fields and the application of science and technology in agricultural production". Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong urged Hau Giang to improve its … [Read more...]

Saigon Port welcomes largest-ever cargo ship

VietNamNet Bridge - HCM City on Saturday welcomed the largest ship ever that docked at the Sai Gon Center Terminal Port, through the newly-dredged Soai Rap Estuary. A 30,000 ton ship docked at the Saigon Port on 19/4, through the Soai Rap Estuary. At the meeting on the preparation to welcome the 54,000 ton-vessel through the Soai Rap Estuary on Friday, Mr. Le Hoang Minh, director of the Soai Rap Estuary Dredging Project said the dredging project has so far reached a depth of 9.5 m and the width of the passage is from 120m to 160m. The system of navigation aids, buoys and navigation equipment has also been completed to enable ships of up to 54,020 tons to get in and out of the Saigon Center Container Port safely. Mr. Nguyen Le Chon Tam, Deputy General Director of the Saigon Center Container Port said, thanks to the Soai Rap passage, ships can cut two hours of travel and half of the cost for navigation compared to the use of the Long Tau passage. It is estimated that a 50,000 ton … [Read more...]

Four communes in Mekong delta recognized as new rural areas

Four communes in the Mekong Delta were recognized meeting standards of the Rural Development Plan. Roads in new rural communes are improved (Photo: SGGP) The plan aims to modernize agricultural techniques, raise yields and improve production quality. Dai Thanh Commune in Nga Bay Town, Hau Giang Province finished all requirements of the plan on Dec. 24, 2013 with total investment of VND380.8 billion (US$18 million). The average income of a resident is currently VND23.9 million (US$1,133), an increase of VND6.9 million (US$327) compared to 2010. The rate of households in poverty decreased from 7.7 percent to 4.07 percent. Other recognized communes are Long My Commune in Vinh Long Province, My Khanh in Can Tho City, and Trung An in Can Tho City.  These communes were recognized after three years since implementation of the plan.  The average income of a resident in My Khanh Commune is VND 30 million, said Tran Hoang Lam, chairman of the commune's … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 28

Former Deputy Minister Receives JICA AwardFormer Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Cao Viet Sinh was granted the Japan International Agency (JICA) Contribution Award on January 23.This award honors his contributions to Vietnam-Japan relations.JICA Vietnam Chief Representative Mori Mutsuya and fellow sponsors highly appreciated Mr. Sinh's strong negotiation skills and coordination.JICA's Contribution Award is offered to local and foreign individuals and organizations to recognize outstanding contribution to JICA activities. This year's award was granted to 10 representatives of 6 countries.Japan is currently the largest bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) donor in Vietnam.  Japanese companies have invested about US$37 billion for over 2,000 projects in Vietnam.Hungary offers 50 scholarships to Vietnamese studentsHungary has announced it will grant 50 full scholarships to Vietnamese students in the 2014-2015 academic year. The scholarships include 40 for tertiary … [Read more...]

Commune first to meet new rural area criteria

HAU GIANG (VNS)— Dai Thanh is the first commune in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta to meet all 19 criteria for "new rural areas". After three years of implementing the Government's new rural area programme, the commune, located in Hau Giang Province's Nga Bay Town, met requirements on infrastructure, environmental protection, social security, agricultural and business production, residents' livelihoods, and culture, among others. The number of poor households in the commune fell from 7.7 per cent in 2010 to 3.9 per cent, with a total of 111 poor households. The commune's per capita income increased to VND23.9 million (US$1,130), up VND6.9 million from 2010. Of the commune's 2,800 households, 18 had an income of more than VND1 billion a year. At least 110 households had an income of VND500 million a year and 450 households an income of VND100-500 million a year. Local farmers said their lives had improved over the last year after authorities encouraged them to switch to more high-value … [Read more...]

Coming to flower markets on New Year

Illustrative image (Cinet)- Going to New Year flower markets is a habit and traditional culture of many Vietnamese people. From north to south, the flower markets are listed as follows: Hanoi's flower markets Hang Luoc flower market, Buoi market and some famous night flower markets in Hanoi in Nghi Tam, along with the ancient flower villages of Quang Ba, Quang An and Tu Lien are named a flower paradise in a capital of Vietnam. Every Lunar New Year, the markets opens from the 19th to the 30th day of the last month of the year. In addition to fresh flowers, there are also artificial flowers at the market. Because the market is located in the busy trading area in the old quarter, visitors can also go from this street to others to purchase decorative items. Da Lat flower market Da Lat is the city of flowers, where flowers are everywhere. Da Lat Market is also the largest flower market here. Near Tet, the area around the Xuan Huong Lake becomes a forest of flowers, which are in very … [Read more...]

Vigorous Change in the Land of Hau Giang

As the centre of the Cuu Long River delta with the strength of Xa No Canal - a strategic agricultural hydraulic and waterway work, for nearly ten years, Hau Giang Province has undergone a vigorous change with great achievements in the political, socio and economic fields. The Land of "the Civilization of Canals" The land of Hau Giang was formerly an immense plain region on the right bank of the Hau River where poor people settled and established their business. In the late 19th century, the French recognized the potential and the plentiful sources of Hau Giang region so it set up a careful plan for the great exploitation of salty, alum and waterlogged immense fields in the region and digging canals was one of the key parts of the plan. In 1866, the French started dredging the small canal of Ben Luc and the Bao Dinh (My Tho) River using dredges. In 1901, the plan of digging Xa No Canal was performed with a prompt speed. The canal was completed in July 1903 with 40km in length, 60m in … [Read more...]