Nguyen Van Phuc of Dong Thap province’s Thap Muoi district said he planted IR 50404 rice this time and got a yield of seven tonnes per hectare, higher than last year. Harvesting the winter – spring rice crop in Kien Giang Province’s Chau Thanh District. (Photo: Vietnamnews) Besides, costs were lower than previous years because rice fields had plenty of sediments deposited meaning farmers could use less fertilisers, he said. Authorities had released floodwaters rich with sediments from the rising Mekong River into nearly half of the province’s rice farming areas between August and October last year. Besides depositing the sediments, this also helped destroy disease-causing pests. More than 197,000ha were planted in the province, 60 percent of them with high-quality rice varieties, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Farmers have harvested more than 50,000ha so far with an average yield of 6.5 tonnes per hectare. … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta enjoys good start to rice harvest
In the first six months of the year, heavy rains flooded many regions in the country, causing significant loss of life and property. Photo: baohaiquan.vn In the first six months of the year, heavy rains flooded many regions in the country, causing significant loss of life and property, he said at the “Prevention of Disaster in Southern Provinces” seminar. Nguyen Hiep of the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said the agency in the last six months of this year would work with southern cities and provinces to set up a disaster-prevention and relocation plan for households living in coastal areas. Local authorities would be tasked to check areas facing a high risk of landslides and move residents to safe places, while workers will be assigned to guard roads at risk of being inundated by water, he said. In the first half of the year, 75 people were killed or missing while 48 others were injured during natural disasters. Total economic damages reached VND 868.5 billion … [Read more...] about Prevention and relocation plan needed for Southern region
The fact that leaders and officers of the HCM City Education and Training Department receive remuneration for compiling textbooks has caused a stir among the public. In a document from the Ministry of Education and Trianing (MOET) to the local press, the ministry affirmed that in order to ensure fairness, publicity and transparency in choosing textbooks, the ministry has drafted a circular (which has been published on its website for public opinions) which stipulates that those who compile and inspect textbooks will not be allowed to become members of councils which have the right to choose textbooks for use. The fact that the Vietnam Education Publishing House and the HCM City Education and Training Department are joining hands to compile textbooks is the responsibility of involved parties and they need to explain this to MOET. Meanwhile, at the workshop on renovating the general education program held by the Vietnam Education Publishing House recently, director of the HCM … [Read more...] about Is Education Ministry allowing HCM City to compile textbooks?
This was the focus of the Supporting Industry Forum 2019, held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 13. Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai said leather-footwear is one of the key exporting industries of Vietnam. With an annual export growth rate of over 10 percent, the industry earned the country approximated 20 billion USD in 2018 and over 10 billion USD in the first half of 2019. The Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (Lefaso) forecast this year’s leather-footwear exports at some 21.5 billion USD, up 10 percent from 2018. Vietnamese footwear has been shipped to more than 100 countries, including 50 with imports worth over 1 million USD from Vietnam. The largest markets are the US, the EU, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Vietnam is the world’s second biggest footwear exporter, and this industry is now a great contributor to the national economy, Lefaso said, noting that many companies have expanded production, renovated technology and … [Read more...] about Forum urges leather-footwear sector’s actions to grasp chances
At the meeting between NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Nikolayevich Rumas. National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Nikolayevich Rumas on December 13 as part of her ongoing official visit to the European country. During the meeting, the top Vietnamese legislator extended the best regards and invitation from Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the Belarusian PM to make an official visit to Vietnam in the near future. She told her host that Vietnam always places great importance to time-honoured friendship and all-around cooperation with Belarus. She thanked Belarusian people for their valuable support for Vietnam in the past national liberation and reunification, as well as the current construction and development. The two nations should further cooperate in such potential fields as farm produce processing, agricultural machines, and automobile assembly and production, assuring … [Read more...] about Vietnam regarded as strategic partner of Belarus in Southeast Asia