Bac Lieu reviews FAO-funded project on shrimp farming

Da Silva, who is attending the FAO Regional Conference on Asia and the Pacific (APRC), made the compliment while working with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi on March 14. He said the conference offers a good chance for other nations to learn from Vietnam’s experience. The Director General said he hopes Vietnam will share its experience by actively participating in South-South and triangular cooperation frameworks, and reaffirmed that he will do his utmost to strengthen FAO-Vietnam ties in the future. FM Minh expressed his appreciation for FAO assistance to Vietnam in agriculture and rural development over the…... [read more]

During the two-day forum, themed ‘ASEAN Beyond 2015:Collaboration for Equitable Growth,’ participants make recommendations for increasing agricultural productivity, whilst improving rural livelihoods and reducing overall environmental impact. They also proposed measures to increase supply chains of products like tea, rice, coffee, seafood, dairy products and corn. Addressing the forum, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vu Tien Loc, said ensuring food security and safety is a global challenge, as the agriculture is being threatened by urbanisation, pollution, environmental degradation and climate change. To deal with the challenge, countries, including Vietnam, must find proper solutions for improving the quality of…... [read more]

Vietnam should create such policies as well as pay due attention to the restructuring of professions having a strong impact on farmers’ livelihood, Professor Ari Kokko from the Stockholm School of Economics said at the seminar “The role of the agricultural sector in times of crisis and the restructuring of the economy.” Investment in sci-tech and trade promotion is also very important because it could help farmers make higher-quality products and thus bigger profits, Professor David Dapice from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University told the seminar hosted by the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agricultural…... [read more]

(VOVworld) – President Tran Dai Quang met 68 representatives of innovative cooperatives and farmers, who were to attend a ceremony to mark the 71st founding anniversary of the agriculture and rural development sector in Hanoi on Sunday night. At the meeting in the Presidential Palace earlier Sunday, President Quang said industrialization and modernization of agriculture and rural areas is a primary task of Vietnam. He added the Party and State pay great attention to developing agriculture and rural areas and improving farmers’ livelihoods via 2 major programs, including restructuring agriculture and building new-style rural areas. Mr. Quang urged the Ministry…... [read more]

Property trade, to a tee By Son Nguyen in HCMC Figures released at a seminar titled 'Golf Courses and Green Construction' in Hanoi on Wednesday tell worrying facts about the development of a the so-called noble sport. For a country whose population of 85 million for the most parts cannot afford the expensive hobby, the number of 144 golf course projects that have been either licensed or approved in principle might be too great. And the total area zoned for such golf courses, at some 45,000 hectares, might also be horrid as well, especially for those farmers who see their…... [read more]

Transparency urged in State investment By Ngoc Lan - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI - National Assembly deputies at the ongoing sitting on Thursday demanded more transparency in State investment, including investment by State enterprises, so as to bring about higher efficiency for the overall economy. NA delegates suggested that the Government increase expenditures for healthcare, education and rural development, and trim investment into State corporations, the Vietnam News Agency reports. To overcome this excessive budgetary spending, said deputy Do Manh Hung from Thai Nguyen, the Government "needs to further improve transparency in finance and budget issues, and to avoid…... [read more]

NA grills ministers over poor crop prediction, pollution By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Deputies have raised sharp-tongued criticisms of ministers' poor handlings of a raft of socio-economic issues at the question and answer session at the ongoing National Assembly sitting, especially on poor rice crop prediction and pollution. A sudden ban on rice export in the middle of this year that resulted in a glut of commercial rice on the market, and the widespread pollution at manufacturers nationwide took center stage on Tuesday, the first day of the three-day Q&A session. Rice export ban As…... [read more]

Rice festival kicks off, highlights value of staple food Over VND35 trillion of investment committed into Hau Giang By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The first Vietnam Rice Festival 2009 kicked off in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang on Saturday, attaching great importance to the country's staple food in ensuring the livelihood of millions of farmers and generating substantial foreign earnings for the country. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at the opening ceremony of the festival that the event was a meaningful activity to create good chance for the country's farmers, traders, consumers…... [read more]

Chinese potato threatens Dalat farmers By Cao Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Imported potatoes from China posing as Dalat products are spreading on the Vietnamese market and cutting profits for farmers whose brand’s value has fallen rapidly this year. Dalat farm produce market, seven kilometers from the city center, is where the “fake” potatoes originate from. Tons of basalt soil is openly used at the market as a special ingredient to transform normal Chinese potatoes into Dalat fakes in order to make huge profits. Many stalls in the market are applying this technique freely, with the majority…... [read more]

Almost $4 billion is needed to meet the humanitarian demands of countries facing food shortages because of an El Nino-induced drought, the United Nations said. About 60 million people, including 40 million in eastern and southern Africa, face a lack of food because of El Nino, which has scorched crops, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization said in a statement on its website Wednesday. With scientists forecasting an increasing likelihood of the opposite rain- and flood-inducing La Nina taking place, the number of those affected by the combined impacts of the events may reach 100 million, it said. The El…... [read more]

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