By Bich Quyen – Translated by Kim Khanh
When flood come in kedarnath
A young man in central Vietnam has helped his family escape poverty by chicken breeding and planting peach trees.
|Tran Manh Quy, in Xuan Du Commune, Thanh Hoa Province, has been recognised by the Vietnam Youth Federation for his contribution to society. — Photo tuoitrethanhhoa.vn|
Tran Manh Quy, 32, lives in Xuan Du Commune, Nhu Thanh, Thanh Hoa Province. His income has hit VND700 million (US$30,300) per year and he has created jobs for 10 local residents with a stable salary of VND5 million each monthly.
Born into a farming family in a poor mountainous region, Quy had a tough childhood.
After graduating from Hanoi University of Physical Education and Sports, he worked all kinds of jobs but still could not afford to care for his family.
In 2012, he realised the land of his hometown was suitable for growing peaches and learned through newspapers and the internet about how to raise chickens under peach trees.
After months of thinking, he decided to leave Hanoi to return to his hometown to chase his chicken and peaches dream.
“To implement this agricultural combined model, I had to borrow VND150 million from relatives and a local bank,” he said.
Initially, he only raised 200 chickens and planted 200 peach trees and some other fruit trees.
Because he did not have experience in farming and breeding, he encountered many difficulties and the baby chickens died frequently.
With perseverance and an inquisitive spirit, he overcame the difficulties, and improve his skills day by day.
In 2015, he sold many batches of chickens and decided to expand production by planting 300 more peach and other fruit trees, breeding another 800 chickens and digging fish ponds.
“To ensure a stable raw source and output, as well as learn experience, I joined a local breeding group with 22 outstanding members,” he said.
With his diligent and learning spirit, his farm has expanded to 1.5ha, including 2,000 peach trees, 200 dragon fruit trees and he sells 3,000 chickens raised according to VietGap standards each year.
His farm’s chickens have been certified as hygienic and safe by the Agriculture Department of Nhu Thanh District.
His farm’s chickens are sold to provincial supermarkets and traders. In the Tet (Lunar New Year) period, he sold 500 peach trees and 1,500 chickens.
As well as running his business, Quy is the Deputy Secretary of the Xuan Du Commune Youth Union and helps clean village roads and build charity houses for local residents.
He led the youth union groups to guide local people on how to protect themselves when from the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also encouraged local villagers and youth union members to donate flood to people in flooded parts of the central provinces.
On his plans for the future, Quy said: “I will expand the farm and guide the youth union members to develop the economic model by sharing techniques and breeds.”
Tran Tien Hung, Deputy Secretary of Nhu Thanh District’s Youth Union, said Quy has always been a leader in the economic development movement of young people.
“He has contributed to building a beautiful image of Thanh Hoa Province’s youth who always devote their work to the community,” Hung said.
Quy was honoured as a ‘Model youth example in 2020’ by the Vietnam Youth Federation. VNS
The Hanoitimes – The declaration is believed to be more effective only when having a transparent mechanism that is more trustworthy than the current process.
The Government Inspectorate of Vietnam has asked high-ranking officials to make assets declaration within March as part of efforts to curb corruption.
|Assets declaration is believed one of Vietnam’s tools against corruption. Source: Tien Phong|
State employees holding the post of deputy department and higher, police and army officers, candidates for the National Assembly and the People Council are subject to the assets declaration.
The declaration covers kinds of assets, flows of assets, and origin of assets. Results of the declaration would be public in the agencies they work for or at the bodies’ meetings.
Assets declaration is believed one of Vietnam’s tools to curb corruption among state cadres. Authorized agencies likely check randomly part of the assets to see if the declaration is trustworthy, according to Dr Dinh Van Minh, head of the Government Inspectorate’s Legal Department.
Francesco Checchi, a regional anti-corruption advisor of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in South East Asia and the Pacific, told Hanoitimes that Vietnam should build a mechanism that closely monitors the asset declaration among senior civil servants to make the country’s efforts against corruption more effective.
“A transparent mechanism will be an effective tool to make the declaration more trustworthy than the process at the present,” Francesco Checchi said.
A lack of specific analysis on conflict of interest together with unsubstantial assets declaration, and loose supervision challenges Vietnam’s anti-corruption process, he noted.
Francesco Checchi recommended that Vietnam should use different tools to fight corruption, especially encouraging the participation of the whole society.
Vietnam should facilitate and promote the participation of different sectors, mostly the private sector and the press in implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption , mainly when it comes to the prevention and recovery of stolen assets, the advisor emphasized.
“Civil servants should be required to declare more items, namely loans and debts when building or buying homes, and make a report on the unclear additional income of opaque origin as well as accountability,” he noted.
The Hanoitimes – One third of provinces bordering with Cambodia have tightened entry procedures on people coming from this country.
Vietnam has toughened up control over unlawful immigration in the region bordering with Cambodia after people returning from the neighboring country found infected with Covid-19.
|Authorities in Dong Thap raise warning alert against Covid-19 following imported threat. Photo: VGP|
A number of southern provinces bordering with Cambodia like Dong Thap, An Giang, and Kien Giang have asked its border guards to keep vigilance on the movements in boundary areas after Dong Thap detected two cases between February 26 and 28.
The southern provinces are under threat of local transmission as Vietnamese nationals attempt to return their home country after the pandemic has broken out in Cambodia since February 20, according to Doan Tan Buu, deputy chairman of the Dong Thap People’s Committee.
It means that the region is in danger of imported coronavirus infections, leaving the localities under high alert and requiring them to closely follow the 5K (in Vietnamese) measures namely masking, disinfection, distance, no gathering, and health declaration.
Following the community transmission, local governments require all returnees from Cambodia to go to concentrated quarantine centers, make health declaration, and be available for testing.
After the local authorities confirmed two people who are Vietnamese nationals returning from Cambodia, Dong Thap has suspended entertainment activities and festivals and closed schools in some districts.
|An Giang’s forces boost border patrols. Photo: Tran Ngoc/Thanh Nien|
Meanwhile, An Giang has raised its coronavirus alert to the highest level, setting up 176 checkpoints and 11 mobile teams against Covid-19 and intensifying border patrols.
The Military Command in Kien Giang has toughened management in quarantine centers that accommodate Vietnamese people coming from Cambodia.
Given threat of imported Covid infection, different localities across Vietnam have laid a close eye on illegal immigrants. As a result, police in Nghe An, Danang, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Soc Trang, and Tra Vinh have arrested dozens of Chinese outlawed immigrants.
The Hanoitimes – The National Assembly is the highest organ of state power meeting twice a year.
Vietnam’s National Assembly will comprise 500 lawmakers for the next term with the highest number coming from Ho Chi Minh City.
|Lawmakers at a National Assembly’s meeting. Photo: Nhat Bac/VGP|
Under Resolution 1185/NQ-UBTVQH14 by the National Assembly (NA)’s Standing Committee dated January 11, 2021, the number of lawmakers for the NA’s 15th tenure includes 41.4% from central bodies and 58.6% from 63 cities and provinces nationwide.
Compared to the previous tenure, the number of deputies from central bodies is higher while that in the localities is fewer.
Each locality has at least six deputies to represent the local administration at the highest legislative body. The election is scheduled for May 23, 2021.
Ho Chi Minh City takes the lead in the number of lawmakers with 30, Hanoi ranks the second with 29, followed by Thanh Hoa with 14 and Nghe An 13.
Half of the candidates in each locality are nominated by the local government and the remaining by the central agencies.
As planned, after the first consultation meeting in February, central bodies and localities nominate candidates based on the given quota. The NA’s Standing Committee will decide the lawmaker structure for the 15th tenure.
The Constitution of Vietnam recognizes the National Assembly as “the highest organ of state power.”
The body is elected to a five-year term and meets twice a year. It votes for State President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court, Head of the Supreme People’s Procuracy, and the cabinet’s members.
The Hanoitimes – The initial results of the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement promise to continue creating new impetus for economic and trade cooperation between the two countries in the coming time.
Since the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) took effect on January 1, the bilateral trade turnover between the two countries has recorded a spectacular rise in the context of exports disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
|Vietnamese rice exports to EU. Photo: Vinaseed|
According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, in January, the total trade turnover between Vietnam and the UK reached US$657.3 million, up 78.6% over the same period last year.
Vietnam’s exports to the UK reached US$598 million worth of goods, up 84.6% compared to last January and 56.5% to last December.
Among Vietnam’s exports to the UK, farm produce attained stable and positive growth in January, with seafood reaching US$19.7 million, representing a rise of 18.1% over the same period last year, and vegetables and fruits with US$1 million, increasing 148.6%.
|Chart: Phi Nhat|
Vietnamese shipments to the UK get opportunities to rise drastically and expand market share thanks to many tariff preferential treatment under the agreement, according to the MoIT.
Under the trade deal, more than 94% of the total 547 tariff lines of vegetable and fruit will be reduced to zero. Many Vietnamese key products such as litchi, longan, rambutan, dragon fruit, pineapple and melon will have more market access advantages over tropical fruits originating from rivals such as Brazil, Thailand and Malaysia, the countries that have not signed an FTA with the UK.
|Chart: Phi Nhat|
Shipments of the group of processing and manufacturing industries to the UK achieved an impressive growth in January such as phones and components (up 371.6% over the same period last year), followed by machinery, equipment and spare parts (109.9%), computers and electronic components (91%); iron and steel of all kinds (11%).
In 2020, the bilateral trade reached US$5.64 billion in value, in which Vietnam exported goods worth US$4.95 billion to the UK and enjoyed a trade surplus of US$4.27 billion. The UK continued to be the third largest trading partner of Vietnam in Europe, behind Germany and the Netherlands.