Dozens of irrigation systems operating ineffectively in north-central Vietnam

Dong Nai, July 24 (VNA) – The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the southern province of Dong Nai has approved zoning off 31 large-scale fields to cultivate durian, pepper and cocoa in the locality.  Head of the department Nguyen Huu Dinh said the provincial People’s Committee has authorised 12 large-scale fields with a total area of 5,5000 hectares and expects to draw the participation of 5,000 local households. Meanwhile, investors will work with local authorities and farmers to assess the remaining 19 projects.  The province has carried out large-scale projects, a centralised production model bringing together farmers, businesses, scientists and State agencies to apply technology in farming, since 2014.  Thanks to the model, businesses have secured stable material sources, while famers have grown high-yield crops and improved their incomes, Dinh said, adding that large-scale projects make it easier to transfer science and technology to famers and manage the quality of farm produce.  In carrying out the model, the province invested in infrastructure facilities and provided farmers with 30 percent of seedling and water-saving irrigation system costs, he said.  The province has also pushed production linkages to develop stable outputs for local agricultural products. Some 13 linking chains have been set up so far, allowing farmers to sell products to businesses above market prices. In addition, they promote sustainable agriculture, applying water-saving irrigation system and fertilising through pipelines. VNA/VNP ... [read more]

Like many in Vietnam, I grew up close to a rice field in the Philippines. I fondly remember childhood days when I would ride my bike on the dirt road cutting through the heart of it. The only conspicuous living things for miles on end would just be me and maya birds. It seemed like a scene straight out of a painting. With the passage of time these paddies dwindle, giving way to commercial buildings and other urban eyesores. Where once was rice, there now are…construction supply stores. I look at pictures of Vietnam’s paddies with a glint of envy. They seemingly grow wider with time. Incidentally, the Vietnamese and Filipinos share a love of rice. Since 1964, hundreds of Vietnamese scientists have trained at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) headquartered in Los Baños, the Philippines. Vietnam has parlayed education into success. Today it is the world’s top rice exporter after India. And in the irony of ironies, the Philippines, the nerve center of IRRI, is the world’s biggest rice importer. "You will notice (Vietnam’s) agricultural production...seems to be something worth emulating. There's a dearth of areas that are left vacant," Philippine President Benigno Aquino III admitted during his 2010 visit to Vietnam. Vietnam’s success on this front can be generally chalked up to both out-and-out political will and IRRI intervention. As it enacted historic reforms, Vietnam’s government encouraged the institute to disseminate more prolific rice variants throughout the country. Since 1969 IRRI has released dozens of these varieties…... [read more]

By the end of this year, programme 135 will have finished the first phase, which lasted for seven years. Under the first phase, more than 20,000 infrastructure projects have been built, more than 200 commune-cluster centres established, 70 percent of the communes have built basic infrastructural facilities such as roads, schools, irrigation, medial centres and electricity supply networks. Furthermore, about 90 percent of the children living in communes with special difficulties have attended school, 86 percent of communes built primary schools, 96 percent built medical centres, and an additional 500 communes built motor roads. On average between four to five percent of households have escaped poverty. According to Trang A Pao, chairman of the National Assembly’s Ethnicity Council, the educational level of ethnic people in disadvantaged communes remains very low and they mainly rely on self-sufficient economic behaviour. In many areas, ethnic people still practice slash-and-burn farming, while infrastructure facilities do not meet the requirements for development. "Programme 135 has proved very effective, but it has only been implemented for a short period of time with modest investment, therefore the results have been limited," said Mr Pao. "For the time being, many small and scattered projects have been built that do not meet technical specifications. The poverty rate remains high while disparities between regions and ethnic groups are still widening." The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs reported that under the new criteria, the poverty rate in the north-western and Central Highlands regions currently stands at more than 60…... [read more]

Sixty-six lawmakers from the ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) approved the draft budget bill for 2016 after a half-day debate despite a boycott from all the opposition’s lawmakers. The National Assembly comprises 123 lawmakers – 68 from the CPP and 55 from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The approval only needed a 50% plus one majority vote, or at least 63 votes. During the session, Finance Minister Aun Porn Moniroth said the government spending for 2016 accounts for 21.31 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a year-on-year increase of 16.1 percent. The implementation of the newly-adopted Industrial Development Policy 2015-2025 will use the approved 2016 fiscal budget. The 2016 fiscal budget aims to ensure an economic growth of 7%, focusing mainly on infrastructure investment, human resources, economic development, national defence and healthcare. Some US$1.43 billion will be spent on public projects such as roads, bridges, ports, railways and irrigation systems, among others. Education will be provided with US$500 million, up 28% compared to 2015 while the budget for defence will rise by 17% to US$383 million. The health sector will receive US$274 million, up 8.6%. The bill also allows the government to borrow up to US$961 million from other countries and development partners.... [read more]

According to the foundation’s survey, climate change is affecting lives in all 25 communes in Quang Nam province where vulnerable farmers in the coastal, mountainous and lowland areas rely heavily on agriculture and fishing industry. Most of those interviewed said they often lacked timely information on upcoming disasters and did not have access to Government policies regarding natural disasters preparedness and CC adaptation. The survey also found that local authorities had similar problems, and lacked proper facilities in their work. Le Hue, head man of Binh An Tay Commune, said, “ We have about 15 young, strong men for rescue missions, but they don’t have motorized boats or life jackets.” In these areas 90 percent of houses are made of bamboo or wood, and are simply not strong enough to resist the regular onslaught of storms and floods. As a result, 66 percent of interviewees’ houses have been regularly damaged by floods and typhoons, according to the survey. Rural roads, irrigation systems, clean water systems, electrical power lines and bridges must be built of concrete in these 25 communities, said Ly Dinh Son, director of the Center for Business Entities and Community Development (CBC). The survey was conducted last year by the EMW, which included an extensive field study of 125 households in 25 communities in Quang Nam province, a coastal area especially vulnerable to rising sea levels, flooding and typhoons. Under the project, the foundation and the CBC conducted discussions with community representatives and local authorities on the impact…... [read more]

According to the foundation’s survey, climate change is affecting lives in all 25 communes in Quang Nam province where vulnerable farmers in the coastal, mountainous and lowland areas rely heavily on agriculture and fishing industry. Most of those interviewed said they often lacked timely information on upcoming disasters and did not have access to Government policies regarding natural disasters preparedness and CC adaptation. The survey also found that local authorities had similar problems, and lacked proper facilities in their work. Le Hue, head man of Binh An Tay Commune, said, “ We have about 15 young, strong men for rescue missions, but they don’t have motorized boats or life jackets.” In these areas 90 percent of houses are made of bamboo or wood, and are simply not strong enough to resist the regular onslaught of storms and floods. As a result, 66 percent of interviewees’ houses have been regularly damaged by floods and typhoons, according to the survey. Rural roads, irrigation systems, clean water systems, electrical power lines and bridges must be built of concrete in these 25 communities, said Ly Dinh Son, director of the Center for Business Entities and Community Development (CBC). The survey was conducted last year by the EMW, which included an extensive field study of 125 households in 25 communities in Quang Nam province, a coastal area especially vulnerable to rising sea levels, flooding and typhoons. Under the project, the foundation and the CBC conducted discussions with community representatives and local authorities on the impact…... [read more]

Signatories to the MoU were the Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, Cao Viet Sinh, and the Italian ambassador to Vietnam, Andrea Perugini. These projects include a EUR9.5 million project to improve the water drainage and environmental sanitation system in Nui Thanh urban area, in the central province of Quang Nam, a EUR15 million project to provide safe water and upgrade irrigation system in the southern province of Binh Thuan, and a EUR13.6 million project to build the water drainage and waste water treatment systems in Ca Mau city. The Ministry of Planning and Investment said that these projects meet goals set by the socio-economic development plans of localities. The Vietnamese Government will contribute EURO12.5 million to these projects.... [read more]

However, it still poses a threat of landslides, warned the centre. Mountainous provinces have been warned of possible flash floods and landslides. At 7pm on July 12, the eye of the depression was at 21 degrees north latitude and 106.7 degrees east longitude, according to the centre. Winds of 39km per hour (force 6) were recorded. The depression is expected to move west overnight and weaken as it moves further inland. The National Committee for Flood and Storm Control held an urgent meeting on July 11 to discuss measures to cope with the storm. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked all northern provinces, especially coastal localities, to be well prepared for the storm in order to minimise losses and damage caused by the expected floods. On July 12, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong held a meeting with leaders of the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan. He was informed about last weekend’s floods and solutions to improve the situation. The Government has decided to provide flood-hit localities with VND71 billion in financial support, of which VND20 billion would be designated for Bac Kan to transport goods and construction of irrigation systems, and to help people rebuild their houses and re-start agricultural production. Another tropical depression has appeared in the country’s territorial waters off Luzon Island, northeast of the Philippines. At 7pm on July 12, the depression was at 20.1 degrees north latitude and 125.6 degrees east longitude. Near the eye of the depression had a strength of…... [read more]

This was the second time that the Board reviewed important proposals relating to Hanoi’s plans for future. The Deputy Prime Minister asked PPJ to work closely with Hanoi’s relevant agencies to gather different ideas from the public. Planning work must be carried at comprehensively with a focus on the important areas in line with the general standard of urban zoning. The infrastructure and the population density must also be carefully calculated to preserve the city’s historical sites. Accordingly, central urban areas will stretch along the Red river into surrounding towns, including Son Tay, Hoa Lac, Xuan Mai, Chuc Son, Phu Xuyen, Soc Son and Quoc Oai. The Deputy Prime Minister has approved a plan to expand the green areas in Hanoi. The traffic must be considered along with the city’s irrigational system as Hanoi lies below tidal level and may suffer greatly from climate change. The Ministry of Construction should finalise the consultancy and management agency this month and submit the project to the National Assembly at the end of 2009. The project must include the action plan after it is ratified.... [read more]

By September 8, heavy rains had submerged nearly 1,000ha of rice and crops in Chu Prong, Chu Pa, Mang Yang and Is Grai districts in the central highlands province of Gia Lai. Floods also swept away a child and injured five others in Mang Yang district. Many bridges, irrigation systems and roads were damaged, causing a numerous transport problems. Floods also deluged more than 100 houses. The province sent two delegations led by the chairman and vice chairman of the provincial people’s committee, to deal directly with the aftermath of the disaster. In Tien Giang province, more than 1,630ha of summer crops were destroyed and over 3,700ha others were damaged by the floods. Constant heavy rain over a week blocked many roads in mountainous areas in the central region, causing severe traffic jams. Local authorities are attempting to clear the roads but traffic jams are still occurring. The prices of essential commodities have also risen and rice prices have increased by VND2,000 per kg.... [read more]




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