Abandoned construction sites up Hanoi’s debts

The FADQDC project funded by the Canada International Development Agency through NAFIQAD, and implemented by domestic agencies in collaboration with Montreal University, aims to improve food quality and safety and broaden access to agricultural products in Vietnam. After four years of implementation, the project has achieved remarkable results in finding agricultural product outlets. The project is not only focused on providing technical assistance but also on introducing and implementing production and consumption initiatives. While attending the conference, many purchasers signed consumer contracts under the VietGAP model. Three farms and safe fruit and vegetable cooperatives were granted official VietGAP certificates. The chicken and poultry breeding model was the first to have received the VietGAP certificate since the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) applied new standards to the breeding sector. A total of 12 fruit and vegetable models in Hanoi, Thanh Hoa, Bac Giang, Lam Dong, HCM City, and Tien Giang have also been granted VietGAP certificates. Apart from meeting strict safety standards, the VietGAP models are also environmentally friendly. A recent survey of the southern region showed safe products originating from HCM City’s Phuoc An cooperative, as well as Lam Dong Province’s Anh Dao cooperative and Phong Thuy farm have been on sale at many retail stores and major supermarket franchises such as Coopmart, Big C, and Metro. A number of other companies like Rong Do Trade and Service Co, Ltd have stored a huge volume of safe products for export or domestic consumption. Nguyen Cong Thua, Director of…... [read more]

VND8.3 trillion loans for enterprises to stabilize prices Minh Tam By Minh Tam - The Saigon Times Daily Vegetables and fruits meeting VietGap standards are among the products selected for HCMC’s market stabilization program this year. - Photo: Minh Tam HCMC - Eight banks have signed up for HCMC’s market stabilization program this year, offering combined loans worth VND8.3 trillion (US$393.5 million) for enterprises to help stabilize the prices of dairy products, schooling items, essential foods, core pharmaceuticals and others in this city. This year’s program will start tomorrow and be financed with the loans that are more than four times higher than last year’s program. Nguyen Hoang Minh, deputy director of the State Bank of Vietnam’s HCMC branch, said among the eight banks, the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank), Vietnam Export Import Bank (Eximbank), Saigon Thuong tin Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Sacombank), Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) had joined the program since last year. Newcomers are the Military Bank (MB), Dong A Bank and Housing Development Bank (HD Bank). Participating enterprises of the program would get short-term loans with an annual interest rate of 6% and long-term loans with 8-10%, Minh said. Minh said last year’s price stabilization program generated many benefits for the lenders, including the opportunities for brand building, expanding relations with corporate borrowers, helping stabilize product prices and rein in inflation in HCMC. This was why more banks wanted to join this…... [read more]

Freezing cold wreaks havoc on agriculture in north Thuy Dung and Van Nam By Thuy Dung and Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI, HCMC – A freezing cold spell currently hitting northern Vietnam has damaged crops and livestock and thus driven up prices of meat and vegetables. Dang Ba Thang, head of Dai Lan clean vegetables cooperative in Duyen Ha Commune in Hanoi’s Thanh Tri District, said vegetables farms, especially tomato ones, had taken a big hit from unexpected cold weather. He predicted that tomato output for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday (Tet) may drop by 20% while other plants will grow slower than normal due to the cold spell. Tran Van Chien, head of Co Dong cooperative in Hanoi’s Son Tay Township, said the cold spell has taken its toll on the cooperative’s operations. Chickens and pigs have contracted pneumonia while newborn animals cannot survive temperatures below five degrees Celsius. Members of the cooperative are using electricity, gas and coal for its heating systems to keep animals warm. If cold weather extends, a lot of livestock may die, he said. Nguyen Van Chinh, deputy head of Van Duc Cooperative, said the cooperative supplies 70-80 tons of vegetables for the market every day but the figure has fallen to 40-50 tons in recent days as cold has damaged vegetables. Prices of vegetables may double in the coming days if it remains as cold as now. At traditional wet markets such as Hoa Do in Ha Dong District…... [read more]

HÀ NỘI - Small businesses should not sell low-quality food products that come from unclear sources, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said to fruit vendors in the capital's Hoàn Kiếm District while paying an unexpected visit to the Long Biên wholesale vegetable market to inspect food safety, yesterday morning. The PM was accompanied by Deputy PM Vũ Đức Đam and leaders of the prime minister's office, ministries and the People's Committee of the city. Visiting several fruit kiosks at the market, the PM said small businesses should avoid fruits and vegetables that are infused with pesticides and unsafe growth stimulants, and those that were imported from unclear sources. "The consumers' health is of the utmost importance," he said. "Our future lies with the community's health and wellbeing," the PM said. "Each and every one of us should be aware about maintaining food safety to protect our health." The PM paid great attention to locally grown fruits, such as dragon fruit, ambarella and persimmon. He advised vendor owners to seek safe products with clear origins, especially those grown in the country. The PM also visited Văn Đức Commune - an area popular for growing safe vegetables in Gia Lâm District - and talked to local farmers. In response to the PM's inquiries, Đặng Văn Tới, a commune farmer, said all members of the Văn Đức Clean Vegetable Cooperative were determined to stand against unqualified fertilizers and pesticides. "We only buy fertilisers and microbiological plant protection products from the agency that has…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Small businesses should not sell low-quality food products that come from unclear sources, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said to fruit vendors in the capital's Hoàn Kiếm District early this morning. Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc paid an unexpected visit to the Long Biên wholesale vegetable market to inspect food safety early today. He was accompanied by Deputy PM Vũ Đức Đam and leaders of the prime minister's office, ministries and the People's Committee of the city. Visiting several fruit kiosks at the market, the PM said small businesses should avoid fruits and vegetables that were infused with pesticides and unsafe growth stimulants and those that were imported from unclear sources. "The consumers' health is of utmost importance," he said. "Our future lies in the community's health and wellbeing," the PM said. "Each and every one of us should be aware about maintaining food safety to protect our health." The PM paid great attention to locally-grown fruits, such as dragon fruit, ambarella and persimmon. He advised vendor owners to seek safe products with clear origin, especially those that were grown in the country. The PM also visited Văn Đức Commune - a commune popular for growing safe vegetables in Gia Lâm District - and talked to local farmers. In response to the PM's inquiries, Đặng Văn Tới, a commune's farmer, said all members of the Văn Đức clean vegetable cooperative were determined to stand against unqualified fertilizers and pesticides. "We only buy fertilizers and…... [read more]

It is reported that the prices of rice and vegetables in the Mekong Delta provinces are increasing rapidly. The prices of many kinds of vegetables have strongly climbed in the Mekong Delta provinces recently. According to Mr. Nguyen Cao Mien, director of Tan Binh Vegetables Cooperative in Binh Tan District in Vinh Long Province, traders were buying cabbages at VND10,000-14,000 per kilogram and cucumbers at VND10,000-12,000 per kilogram at the field, doubled those at the beginning of this year. With such prices, farmers earn a profit of VND20-25 million per 1,000 square meters of cabbages, many times higher than that from growing rice. Mr. Mien said that the prices of vegetables escalated because provinces in the Mekong Delta, Southeast, Central, and Central Highlands of Vietnam have been facing drought and saline intrusion which caused a shortage of fresh water for watering, leading to a decrease in the area of vegetables. Meanwhile, as Binh Tan district , Binh Minh Town in Vinh Long Province, Lai Vung and Lap Vo district in Dong Thap Province, and Cho Moi and Phu Tan district s in An Giang Province locate near Tien and Hau rivers, they have access to a stable fresh water source. Therefore, farmers have taken advantage of it to cultivate vegetables during dry season, bringing in high income. Similarly, the price of rice has also gradually surged. Mr. Nguyen Van Phuong, a trader in Lap Vo District in Dong Thap Province, said that the price of fresh paddy bought at the…... [read more]

Ph.D Eduardo A. Sabio, Regional representative of VECO Vietnam in Hanoi acknowledged that Vietnam has great potential in agricultural production, but its farmers face problems of accessing science – technology and trade skills. Therefore, VECO Vietnam helps them increase their team working ability, creating a chain of products from cultivating to selling to the market. In recent years, VECO has assisted many localities in growing organic and safe vegetables, meeting the PGS standards of Vietnam. It also coordinated with the Vietnam Standard and Consumers Association (VINASTAS) to popularlise knowledge about using healthy vegetables and promoting the coordination of producers, enterprises and consumers. As a result, some models of growing safe vegetables in Trac Van (Ha Nam), Thanh Xuan (Hanoi) and Viet Tri (Phu Tho) have operated well, bringing high economic value to farmers. Composting organic fertilizers for growing safe vegetables. Photo: Tat Son Shading for newly planted vegetables in Trac Van, Ha Nam. Photo: Trinh Bo In a field of safe vegetables. Photo: Trinh Bo Farmers exchange ideas during the process of growing safe vegetables. Photo: Trinh Bo A group meeting of members of Trac Van Organic Vegetable Cooperative. Photo: Trinh Bo Vice Chairman of the Trac Van People’s Committee in Ha Nam Nguyen Van Huan alks with farmers about the plan for the new crop. Photo: Trinh Bo A seedling garden of Van Noi Cooperative, Vinh Phuc Province. Photo: File Harvesting colza. Photo: Tat Son Weighing vegetables before packing. Photo: Tat Son Sticking the stamp of PGS standard on…... [read more]

The Mekong Delta is the country’s key agricultural production zone but local farmers have regularly and badly hit with ‘Pumper crop-price reduction’ because of unconnected production and consumption. Therefore, connectivity is inevitable to sustainably develop the agricultural industry, in which new style cooperatives play important role in bringing farming households together to cooperate with local businesses. The new style cooperative model has brought initial efficiency with a number of well performing ones, who have created residents’ confidence to change their farming customs. In the 30 hectare spring onion field of Tan Binh vegetable cooperative in Binh Tan district of Vinh Long province, farmers have been found busy taking care of the field in preparations for the approaching Tet holiday recently. Farmer Nguyen Ngoc Thanh said that the nearer the Tet is, the more traders come with orders, increasing price to the highly profitable level of VND700,000-800,000 per 100 kilograms, double it over mid last year. Tan Binh director Nguyen Cao Mien said that the cooperative had experienced a hard way before having that result. Formerly local people planted spring onion spontaneously and unseasonably over small scales and suffered constant losses. Hence local authorities promoted establishment of a vegetable cooperative to solve the unstable production, gathered farmers together, had authorized agencies assist to practice farming under VietGap quality standard in 2014. Afterwards the cooperative took the initiative in working with businesses in the region and Ho Chi Minh City and signed contracts, creating a stable consumption source and much more benefiting…... [read more]

Inspectors of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development issued fines to two vegetables cooperatives which produce safe food for supermarkets for blending unsafe veggies with safe kinds.... [read more]

Project for "Improving the link between the market and off-season vegetable producers in Northwest of Vietnam" funded by Australia Agricultural Research Center (ACIAR) to build clean vegetable barns provide for Hanoi market and help connect farmers with markets. The project was funded with a total capital of 1,270,624 AUD, implemented from 2011 to July, 2016. So far, the project has formed 3 safe vegetable production groups and connected with vegetable retailers in Hanoi. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Luyen, Director of Luu Luyen Safe Vegetable Cooperative, confirmed the project helped farmers to change their cultivation habits towards sustainability, providing high and stable income for farmers. For previous cultivation practices, per hectare offered income about 20 million VND / year. After participating in the project, the average income per hectare increased to 40- 50 million VND / year. Mrs. Vu Thi Hau- CEO, Deputy of Nhat Nam Joint Stock Company said Moc Chau vegetable project is one of the in-season vegetable projects going to Fivimart supermarket and consumers responded to use vegetables here. In 2012, the output of the project was 30 tonnes, by 2013 this figure reached 235 ton, increased 8 times and reached 360 tonnes in 2014, in which, Fivimar supermarket consumption accounted for 50- 60% of vegetables from farmers’ production. Reportedly, the project will end on June, 2016.... [read more]




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