Agro-forestry-fisheries exports hit $23.6 billion in eight months

Seafood exports in the second half of the year are expected to rise by 11 per cent to US$4.46 billion, according to the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters (Vasep).— VNA/VNS Photo Seafood exports in the second half of the year are expected to rise by 11 per cent to US$4.46 billion, according to the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters (Vasep). Speaking at a Vasep plenary meeting in HCM City yesterday, its general secretary Truong Dinh Hoe said exports had shown good signs of growth in the first half and are expected to top $8 billion for the year, he said. Shrimp shipments alone are expected to be worth $3.5 billion, a year-on-year increase of 12 per cent, he said. Shrimp exports to China and the United States would remain very strong thanks to high demand there while exports to the EU and Japan would remain steady, he said. Tra fish exports are expected to be worth $952 million in the second half, an increase of 3 per cent year-on-year, with shipments to China expected to grow by 50-60 per cent while the United States and EU would reduce their buying by 10-15 per cent and 5 per cent, respectively, he said. Jiro Takeuchi of Bonmea GmbH said he sees an opportunity in Europe for small-sized and certified shrimp. There is an increase in demand for ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) certified shrimp, he said. Le…... [read more]

NDO – The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), in collaboration of the Thai Binh provincial People’s Committee, launched the “AgResults Vietnam Emissions Reduction Pilot” on August 22, which aims to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that come from rice farming in Vietnam, by incentivising the uptake of innovations in rice farming technology through monetary awards. The project will provide a platform to test and scale up innovative technologies and new approaches for reducing GHG emissions from rice production. Apart from the potential for climate change mitigation, the initiative will contribute to increasing farm productivity and incomes for smallholder farmers across Vietnam. Thai Binh is the only locality in Vietnam to be chosen by the project management board to implement the project in the five years between 2016 and 2021. Instead of providing immediate funding for organisations and individuals, the project will select and verify innovative solutions and topics that meet the criteria of mitigating climate change and improving livelihoods for rice farmers. Total prizes are worth US$3 million. After a period of verification, the project management board has chosen 11 units which are working in the field of agriculture from across the country, to participate in technology demonstration models in 11 communes in Thai Binh province, whilst building 11 reference models to evaluate the effectiveness of each technology. The AgResults Vietnam project, managed by SNV, is part of the AgResults project which is co-sponsored by the governments of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, and the Bill & Melinda Gates…... [read more]

Pursuing organic agricultural production and improving the quality of agricultural products to ensure food hygiene and safety and environmental friendliness are targets of Vietnam's agricultural sector in general and aspirations of farmers in particular. And, one of the most effective measures in organic agricultural production is the widespread use of biological products and microbiological organic fertilisers, instead of plant protection chemicals and chemical fertilisers which negatively affect the environment. It is easy to identify outstanding advantages of organic fertilisers over chemical fertilisers if the two are compared. Although chemical fertilisers make plants grow strongly, their effects do not last long. In addition, they leave residues in the soil that cause unpredictable consequences such as preventing crops from absorbing necessary nutrients, destroying useful microorganisms necessary for the plant growth, increasing the susceptibility of plants to diseases. Moreover, they can affect the environment and human health. Meanwhile, organic fertilisers improve the fertility of arable soil, thus helping plants to grow well and strengthen their resistance to pests and diseases. They also help farmers and their crops live in a safe and clean environment. Using organic fertilisers will create an environmental balance and importantly treat organic residues that pollute the environment into fertilisers. Especially, farm products organically produced will limit toxic residues and ensure safety to investors. With more outstanding advantages, higher efficiency and safety for the environment and user health, microbiological fertiliser is therefore considered the first choice as a substitute for chemical fertilisers.…... [read more]

Thousands of slaughterhouses in the central province of Thanh Hoa are operating without licences and failing to meet hygiene and food safety requirements, the province’s Animal Health Division has announced (Photo: dantri.com.vn) Thanh Hoa (VNA) — Thousands of slaughterhouses in the central province of Thanh Hoa are operating without licences and failing to meet hygiene and food safety requirements, the province’s Animal Health Division has announced. According to the division, more than 80 percent of the province’s 2,473 slaughterhouses are substandard, failing to meet hygiene and food safety requirement and lacking waste collection and treatment systems. The substandard slaughterhouses, mostly in households, process more than 90 percent of cattle and poultry in the province. Deputy head of the Animal Health Division Le Van Son said that in 2013, there were over 2,800 small-sized slaughterhouses in the province. Most of them were unlicensed. In September 2013, the province People’s Committee approved a plan worth 974 billion VND (42.84 million USD) to develop 100 industrial slaughterhouses in the province by 2020 to replace the substandard ones. However, in the last four years, only 400 substandard facilities were removed. Meanwhile, eight industrial slaughterhouses have been completed since 2003, when the province called on investors to develop slaughterhouse projects. However, half of the industrial slaughterhouses halted operation, and the remaining ones lack clients. Vu Tien Ngan, an owner of an industrial slaughterhouse in Sam Son city, said that in 2003, he spent 1.1 billion…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Thousands of slaughterhouses in the central province of Thanh Hoa are operating without licences and failing to meet hygiene and food safety requirements, the province’s Animal Health Division has announced. Thousands of slaughterhouses in the central province of Thanh Hoa are operating without licences and failing to meet hygiene and food safety requirements, the province’s Animal Health Division has announced. — Photo dantri.com.vn According to the division, more than 80 per cent of the province’s 2,473 slaughterhouses are substandard, failing to meet hygiene and food safety requirement and lacking waste collection and treatment systems. The substandard slaughterhouses, mostly in households, process more than 90 per cent of cattle and poultry in the province. Deputy head of the Animal Health Division Le Van Son said that in 2013, there were over 2,800 small-sized slaughterhouses in the province. Most of them were unlicensed. In September 2013, the province People’s Committee approved a plan worth VND974 billion (US$42.84 million) to develop 100 industrial slaughterhouses in the province by 2020 to replace the substandard ones. However, in the last four years, only 400 substandard facilities were removed. Meanwhile, eight industrial slaughterhouses have been completed since 2003, when the province called on investors to develop slaughterhouse projects. However, half of the industrial slaughterhouses halted operation, and the remaining ones lack clients. Vu Tien Ngan, an owner of an industrial slaughterhouse in Sam Son City, said that in 2003, he spent VND1.1 billion ($48,400) to build a 2,000sq.m slaughterhouse which can deal with…... [read more]

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh holds a bilateral meeting with Lao FM Saleumxay Kommasith (Source: VNA) Manila (VNA) – Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh had bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and Laos in Manila, the Philippines, on August 5, on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings. Meeting Singaporean FM Vivian Balakrishnan, both officials agreed on measures to accelerate the implementation of high-level commitments to achieve joint concrete benefits. Vivian Balakrishnan stated that Singapore will work with Vietnam for the successful APEC Year 2017, especially the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang in November. Meanwhile, Minh and Indonesia’s FM Retno Marsudi asserted the importance of maintaining contacts and high-ranking meetings, to bring bilateral ties to a new height. Minh suggested the two countries coordinate in protecting their fishermen, combating criminals at sea, while asking Indonesia to handle the issues of arrested fishing boats and fishermen humanely. At the meeting with the Philippine FM Alan Peter Cayetano, Minh affirmed that Vietnam supports and works with the Philippines in its ASEAN Chair in 2017 in speeding up the ASEAN Community building process, reinforcing the bloc’s solidarity, and safeguarding the grouping’s central role in tackling regional issues. He asked the Philippines to work to ensure safety for Vietnamese nationals being held by terrorists in the country as well as hasten the accomplishment of necessary procedures for the entry of Vietnamese…... [read more]

The project approved by the PM hopes to raise the added value of major export products by 20 percent compared to the current number and strive for cargo export growth rate of 8 percent a year in the phase of 2016-2020. Priority will be given to improving the competitiveness of products earning the most money, comprising agricultural and seafood items such as rice, coffee, rubber and peppercorn; industrial products namely garment and textile, footwear, wooden items, phones and accessories, computes, electronic items and components. Products that will have export strength such as garment and textile materials, leather and shoes, plastics and plastic products, fertilizers and chemicals are also among commodities that will be given the priority of the competitiveness improvement. Major solutions to implement the project include production reorganization through transforming production and export modes. Of these, agricultural production will change from small into large scale while quality management will range from farming to transport, processing, preservation and consumption. Industrial production will convert from doing outwork into higher added value phases with goods value chains. In addition, the project will improve national competitiveness, production ability of export firms especially small and medium ones, goods and industry associations and facilitate businesses’ operation and reduce costs for them. By LAM NGUYEN - Translated by Hai Mien... [read more]

The project approved by the PM hopes to raise the added value of major export products by 20 percent compared to the current number and strive for cargo export growth rate of 8 percent a year in the phase of 2016-2020. Priority will be given to improving the competitiveness of products earning the most money, comprising agricultural and seafood items such as rice, coffee, rubber and peppercorn; industrial products namely garment and textile, footwear, wooden items, phones and accessories, computes, electronic items and components. Products that will have export strength such as garment and textile materials, leather and shoes, plastics and plastic products, fertilizers and chemicals are also among commodities that will be given the priority of the competitiveness improvement. Major solutions to implement the project include production reorganization through transforming production and export modes. Of these, agricultural production will change from small into large scale while quality management will range from farming to transport, processing, preservation and consumption. Industrial production will convert from doing outwork into higher added value phases with goods value chains. In addition, the project will improve national competitiveness, production ability of export firms especially small and medium ones, goods and industry associations and facilitate businesses’ operation and reduce costs for them. By LAM NGUYEN - Translated by Hai Mien... [read more]

USAID Vietnam Deputy Mission Director Craig Hart speaks at the meeting to launch Vietnam’s national action plan for the reduction of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in livestock production and aquaculture (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – A meeting was held in Hanoi on August 2 to launch Vietnam’s national action plan for the reduction of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in livestock production and aquaculture in the 2017-2020 period. Funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the action plan was built with technical support of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). It aims to review, amend and implement regulations and policies relating to antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use in animal husbandry and aquaculture, while raising the awareness of antimicrobial use and the risk of antimicrobial resistance infections among farmers, workers in the agricultural and food industries, and consumers. The action plan looks to promote good practices in medical examination and treatment, animal feed production, animal farming, and aquaculture. It will also supervise antimicrobial use, antibiotic residues, and antimicrobial resistance in livestock production and aquaculture.  Cooperation in antimicrobial resistance management among sectors is also set to be facilitated under the national action plan. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said the use of antibiotics in livestock production in Vietnam hasn’t been strictly monitored, especially in pig and poultry farming. The inappropriate use of antibiotics will lead to antibiotic resistance and residues in food. [WHO urges more efforts…... [read more]

After Cholimex chili sauce and tomato sauce were shelved at British Marks & Spencer supermarket, many foreign partners have come to cooperate with the company. So far, the company’s products have been present in over 30 markets in the world including Britain, France and Germany. That is because Cholimex Food, headquartered in Vinh Loc industrial park, Binh Chanh, has produced products according to the world’s standards. Supermarkets and retail systems in developed countries have their own quality management system. If the company had not created products meeting their standards, they would have not entered these supermarkets. In addition, the company has developed material zones meeting international standards in accordance with foreign partners’ requirement. Tomato sauce must be made from tomato, fish sauce must be produced from fish and chili sauce must be made from chili. The company has paid attention to business ethic and social responsibility. Mr. Diep Nam Hai, director general of Cholimex Food, affirmed that the company has spent much on workers’ wage and insurance as well as environmental protection to create a solid premise for its products to reach out to the world. Cholimex Food has completed a quality management system under international standards and hired foreign audit firms to estimate the system annually. Information about Cholimex products are transparent globally. The company has also met standards of Sedex, a global not-for-profit membership organization. “Don’t be clever in a petty way if you want to grow up in strength,” is Cholimex Food’s…... [read more]




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