Mekong Delta sees drop in Fall-Winter rice areas

The first Intelligent Transport System was inaugurated on the Cau Gie - Ninh Binh highway in the central region by the Viet Nam Expressway Service company. The system includes a modern toll station and 56 digital high-definition cameras to read numberplates and track vehicles' speeds. It is expected to reduce accidents, congestion, and environmental pollution. Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) Ben Luc - Long Thanh highway to be built Work will begin at the end of this year on a 58-km highway from Ben Luc in the Mekong Delta province of Long An to Long Thanh in Dong Nai passing through HCM City. The highway will have six lanes and allow vehicles to travel at speeds of 100km. There will be two bridges along the VND1.6 trillion ($78 million) highway. Tuoi Tre (Youth) Delta industrial parks sully environment Factories in industrial parks and processing zones in the Mekong River Delta discharge around 47 million tonnes of untreated wastewater and 220,000 tonnes of solid waste. Two thirds of industrial parks and processing zones in the region have water treatment systems but many are obsolete or even unused to cut costs. There are 120 industrial parks and clusters with a total area of 26,511 hectares. Nguoi Lao (The Labourer) Can Tho achieves record rice output The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho has harvested 95 per cent of its fall-winter rice crop. The yield is estimated at 1.4 million tonnes, an increase of 83,000 tonnes over last year and the…... [read more]

The rice figure mainly comes from the Me Kong Delta. At present, 9.59 million tonnes have been harvested, up by 1.33 million tonnes against the figure at the same time last year. According to the statistics, the Fall-Winter rice crop was cultivated in an area of 470,000 ha, up by 200,000 ha year on year. Some 250,000 ha have been planted in the Mekong Delta; however rice in that area is suffering from insects and diseases. The price of rice export has seen a sharp fall so far in August. First-class rice was sold on the world market at US$ 550-600 per tonne, down US $70-100 per tonne compared to last month. Rice with 25 per cent broken was US $520-530 per tonne, down US $130-150 per tonne month on month. Source: NLD Translated by Thu Nguyen... [read more]

Vice State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh presenting gift to MR9 Command  Present at the meeting were former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu, former State President Le Duc Anh, former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, member of the Party Central Committee and Vice State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, and Deputy Chief of the General Staff Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Phuong Nam. In his speech, MR9’s Commander Lieutenant General Nguyen Hoang Thuy emphasized that over the past five decades of building, combat and development, under the sound leadership of the Party, Uncle Ho, the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defense as well as with the sense of responsibility and sentiments of Mekong Delta provinces’ Party and People’s Committees and people, the MR9 Party Committee has grown up strongly and closely attached to glorious feats of arms of MR9’s armed forces. On behalf of the Party and State, Ms. Thinh hoped MR9’s Party Committee and armed forces to continue building the committee strong in politics, ideology, organization and morals; enhance the essence of the working class; continue studying the Party’s viewpoints and guidelines on military and defense; build a firm position in the people’s heart and soul especially in strategic areas and revolutionary, regular, elite and gradually modern armed forces. Earlier, the delegates offered incense at the Victory Monument of MR9. Translated by Mai Huong... [read more]

The Vietnam Farm and Food Expo introduces outstanding agricultural products, food, and plant varieties of different localities across the country, while the Vietnam Agritech Expo features the latest machineries, equipment and production chains serving agricultural activities. The events are considered the venue for both input and output of Vietnam’s agricultural sector. Visitors at the trade event  Opening the events, Nguyen Phuoc Hung, Vice President of the Ho Chi Minh City Business Association said that the annual exhibitions aim to promote the application of science and technology to improve productivity and quality in agricultural production, while seeking markets for Vietnamese farm produces. Hung held that this is a good chance for agricultural firms to introduce and promote their products, and form production-supply chains. Within the framework of the events, the organising board will coordinate with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long to hold a conference on strengthening links for selling farm produces in Vinh Long, in which Vinh Long will introduce its agricultural development potential, especially its fruits for export. Nguyen Van Liem, Vice Director of the Vinh Long Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said that he hopes through the exhibitions, the province will find out additional distribution channels for its products, thus boosting the sustainable growth of the local agricultural sector. The events will run until July 28. Source: VNA... [read more]

The Mekong river level in the source is rising; Tien river water in Tan Chau Town in the Mekong delta province of An Giang was measured 2.67 meter while it was 2.33 meter in Hau River in Chau Doc District. In next time, because flood water in the upper combining with tiding, river water level will rise quickly. Highest Tien river water in Tan Chau will be 3 meter on July 27 while it is forecast to reach 2.6 meter in Hau River. This year, Mekong floods likely arrive earlier than before. In Long An province, heavy rains plus with flood in the upper caused rising water level in fields in Dong Thap Muoi District of Long An province. In past week, raised river water with average of 5-10 centimeter per night destroyed thousands of paddy fields. Party Secretary of Ca Say Village Le Thi Thanh Thuy said, of 95 hectare in the Lang Sen Wetland Reserve, nearly 10 hectare of paddy field totally lost while farmers have just harvested half in the remaining field. As per Tan Hung District People’s Committee, farmers in the district planted 38,000 hectare of the summer-fall crop and they have harvested just over 27,000 hectare. It is estimated that farmers suffered huge losses of over VND12 billion ($527,942). Vinh Hung District is at the brink of losing 8,000 hectare of the summer-fall crop if the river water continues rising. Local administrators mobilized residents to reinforce embankments to minimize loss. The…... [read more]

The Mekong river level in the source is rising; Tien river water in Tan Chau Town in the Mekong delta province of An Giang was measured 2.67 meter while it was 2.33 meter in Hau River in Chau Doc District. In next time, because flood water in the upper combining with tiding, river water level will rise quickly. Highest Tien river water in Tan Chau will be 3 meter on July 27 while it is forecast to reach 2.6 meter in Hau River. This year, Mekong floods likely arrive earlier than before. In Long An province, heavy rains plus with flood in the upper caused rising water level in fields in Dong Thap Muoi District of Long An province. In past week, raised river water with average of 5-10 centimeter per night destroyed thousands of paddy fields. Party Secretary of Ca Say Village Le Thi Thanh Thuy said, of 95 hectare in the Lang Sen Wetland Reserve, nearly 10 hectare of paddy field totally lost while farmers have just harvested half in the remaining field. As per Tan Hung District People’s Committee, farmers in the district planted 38,000 hectare of the summer-fall crop and they have harvested just over 27,000 hectare. It is estimated that farmers suffered huge losses of over VND12 billion ($527,942). Vinh Hung District is at the brink of losing 8,000 hectare of the summer-fall crop if the river water continues rising. Local administrators mobilized residents to reinforce embankments to minimize loss. The…... [read more]

NDO – The fifth Vietnam Farm and Food Expo 2017 and Agritech Vietnam 2017 opened in Ho Chi Minh City on July 26, offering an opportunity for agricultural firms to introduce and promote their products and form production-supply chains. The events are considered as a venue for both the input and output of Vietnam’s agricultural sector, featuring almost 200 booths of 120 domestic and foreign enterprises. The Vietnam Farm and Food Expo introduces outstanding agricultural products, food and plant varieties from different localities throughout the country, while the Vietnam Agritech Expo features the latest machinery, equipment and production chains serving agricultural activities. Addressing the events, Nguyen Phuoc Hung, Vice President of the Ho Chi Minh City Business Association said that the annual exhibitions aim to promote the application of science and technology in order to improve productivity and quality in agricultural production, while seeking markets for Vietnamese farm produce. As part of the events, the organising board will coordinate with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, of the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, to hold a conference on strengthening the links for selling farm produces in Vinh Long, in which Vinh Long will introduce its agricultural development potential, especially its fruit exports. According to Vice Director of the Vinh Long Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Van Liem, through the exhibitions the province will discover additional distribution channels for its products, thus boosting the sustainable growth of the local agricultural sector. The events will run until July…... [read more]

In July, the company started construction of eight electricity projects and connected 10 others with the national grid. The EVNSPC is speeding up the second phase of a project to bring power to households without electricity. More than 6,100 families of the Khmer ethnic minority group in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang will benefit from the project. Nearly 9,000 households have had access to power in the first phase. Meanwhile, a project designed to supply electricity for rural areas has been  completed in Hau Giang and Ca Mau provinces with thousands of locals having electricity. Regarding the third development policy loan (DPL3) project, funded by the World Bank, the company has operated four power facilities to support shrimp farming in Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang and Tra Vinh and one power facility for artificial lighting for dragon fruits in Long An province.  Under the project, 695 kilometres of medium-voltage line, 609 kilometres of low-voltage line and transformation stations with total capacity of 115.8 MVA will be constructed. The company is carrying out the fourth development policy loan (DPL4) project to improve power system with total investment of over 10 trillion VND (439.9 million USD). Components of the projects are the second circuit of the 220kV transmission line for Phu Quoc island district, 11 110kV power grid facilities, seven power transformation stations with total capacity of 372 MVA and 37 sub projects to upgrade medium-voltage grid, enhancing sufficient power for urban areas. …... [read more]

The largest cross-ocean 110 kV transmission line was constructed in Kien Giang province. The Southern Power Corporation is planning to build 53 more 110 kV power projects in southern provinces and cities. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Southern Power Corporation under the Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVNSPC) is planning to build 53 more 110 kV power projects in southern provinces and cities, bringing the total number of works in 2017 to 79. In July, the company started construction of eight electricity projects and connected 10 others with the national grid. The EVNSPC is speeding up the second phase of a project to bring power to households without electricity. More than 6,100 families of the Khmer ethnic minority group in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang will benefit from the project. Nearly 9,000 households have had access to power in the first phase. Meanwhile, a project designed to supply electricity for rural areas has been  completed in Hau Giang and Ca Mau provinces with thousands of locals having electricity. Regarding the third development policy loan (DPL3) project, funded by the World Bank, the company has operated four power facilities to support shrimp farming in Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang and Tra Vinh and one power facility for artificial lighting for dragon fruits in Long An province. Under the project, 695 kilometres of medium-voltage line, 609 kilometres of low-voltage line and transformation stations with total capacity of 115.8 MVA will be constructed. …... [read more]

Two lions shook their heads, wagged their tails, and danced to the boisterous drum beats before making a technically demanding maneuver. The dancers, who are just as agile and supple as those in their prime, turned out to be elderly women, including those in their 70s and 80s, who already have grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. The women regularly rehearse in the yard of one of the members’ homes in Giong Trom District in Ben Tre Province. They are members of the well-known Luong Hoa female lion dance troupe, which was formed thirty-four years ago. The lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Vietnamese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a costume representing the animal. Lion dances are usually performed during Tet (Lunar New Year) and other traditional, cultural and religious festivals, and important occasions such as business openings or special celebrations. Luong Hoa troupe has been invited to perform throughout the country, and has taken home special prizes at all provincial lion dancing contests and festivals. “One shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I feel restless at the drum beats, the lion heads weigh five or six kilograms each but are really no big deal,” said Tran Thi Sanh, 88. Sanh is one of the troupe’s two eldest performers. The troupe is usually made up of 13 members. Most of its members joined a female guerilla team led by Nguyen Thi Dinh, the Vietnam People’s Army’s first female general, during…... [read more]




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