Frog farmer jumping for joy as Mekong business booms (20-09-2008) Khoa holds a couple of two-year-old frogs that can fetch between VND25,000 ($1.5) and 30,000 ($1.8) per kilo in the local market. — VNS Photo Hoang Vu by Le Hoang Vu VINH LONG — Nguyen The Khoa has become the toast of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Vinh Long by becoming the first farmer to earn huge profits from breeding frogs. The resident of Tan Quoi Hamlet in the province's Tan Hoa Commune records gains of over VND500 million (US$30,303) per year. The 54-year old millionaire is willing to share his experiences and story with other farmers to encourage them in their own efforts to achieve prosperity. It was not smooth going at the ouset, says Khoa. As he struggled with many problems and failures in his attempts, he stumbled on a news item on the Internet in 2003 that frog breeding in Thailand had brought high economic results. He asked his friend to help buy 5,000 (Rana … [Read more...] about Frog farmer jumping for joy as Mekong business booms
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(VOV) - Japanese entrepreneurs have been progressively moving into agriculture ventures with Vietnamese farmers in the high-profit niche markets, capitalizing on the trend in consumer demand for organic and technologically altered foods. Japan once notorious for its high tech electronics industry has been transforming agriculture with that same ingenuity and drive, providing Vietnamese farmers a ground floor opportunity to jump on the bandwagon. Not only have food prices in Japan and around the globe been steadily increasing, but consumers now closely examine how and where their vegetables have been produced and only choose organically certified. Other consumers have become more inclined to purchase technologically altered fruits and vegetables, such as low potassium lettuce that is edible even if you have kidney failure or square watermelons, which save space— but to emerge victorious in these markets require strict quality control standards. As a case on point, Tran Nguyen … [Read more...] about Will Japanese high-tech save Vietnamese agriculture?
Shrimp exports reached record levels this year with overseas sales bringing in more than US$2 billion. This was a substantial increase on the $1.69 billion earned last year, said the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). "The record high export value was fuelled by higher quality shrimp farming practices this year," said Nguyen Huu Dung, VASEP deputy chairman. "Shrimp exports continued to grow this year despite the world economic downturn and market uncertainty." "In the first 11 months, Viet Nam exported 210,000 tonnes of shrimp, meaning earnings of $1.83 billion," said Nguyen Minh Tam, a VASEP expert. "Shrimp were very much in demand in almost all the main export markets, including Japan, the US and the European Union (EU) so the volume to those markets increased sharply," Tam said. Exports to Japan, the largest export market, had a year-on-year volume increase of 21.7 per cent, for a total of 60,000 tonnes. Earnings were up 29 per cent to $550 million, … [Read more...] about Shrimp exports hit record high
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - It wasn't until recent food safety concerns that the market recognised a huge demand among Vietnamese customers for food of clear original, and enterprises were quick to jump in the high-potential agriculture sector that used to be dominated by household farming. VinGroup, one of the leading enterprises in the real estate sector with the famous Vinpearl resort brand, last year opened its first VinEco store, which provides clean vegetables by both national and international standards and applies advanced farming technologies from Japan and Israel. The chain quickly expanded in big cities and the group never hid its ambition to become "the driving force to change the Vietnamese mindset in doing agricultural business". If VinEco manages to keep its product quality high and stable, this goal might not be too far off from being realised, especially when the demand for clean food has rocketed in a couple of years. A survey by the Institute of Policy and Strategy … [Read more...] about Firms jump on agricultural demand
PARIS - European astronomers said on Friday they had devised a technique to detect water in the atmosphere of planets orbiting other stars. Using a telescope in Chile, they teased out a tell-tale infra-red signature from water in the atmosphere of a gassy planet called HD 189733b, which orbits its star every two days and is hot enough to melt steel. The work is another technical breakthrough in the fast-moving field of exoplanet research, they said. A total of 723 planets have been spotted outside our own Solar System since 1995, according to the website http://exoplanets.org, while NASA (http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/) puts the tally at 879. Several thousand findings by the specialist Kepler orbital telescope await confirmation. So far, no exoplanet spotted has the potential to be a home away from home for us humans. It would have to be a rocky planet, rather than a gas one, orbiting in a balmy zone which would enable water to exist in liquid form and thus nurture life as we … [Read more...] about New technique finetunes quest for life on other worlds