Central Highlands focuses on sustainable forest restoration

Cam Ranh airport security police established The Security Service yesterday announced a decision by the Minister of Public Security to establish Cam Ranh international airport security police in the south central province of Khanh Hoa. Formerly the airport security police was a part of the Immigration Division under the Khanh Hoa Police Department. At the event, Lt. Gen Vu Thanh Binh who is deputy head of the Security Service required the airport security police to quickly stabilize organization and work with Khanh Hoa police and authorized agencies to keep a close control of entry and exit of Vietnam. They have been asked to ensure transparent operation and close security at the airport. On this occasion, the Security Service announced another decision to appoint Mr. Nguyen Van Quan, deputy head of Noi Bai airport security police to the same post at Cam Ranh airport. A Hà Nội co-operative to refund $76,500 excess water bills The Triều Khúc agricultural production and services co-operative, based in Tân Triều Commune, provides water to 3,364 households in Triều Khúc Village. The people were forced to pay extra for three years, from April 4, 2013, to April 30 this year, according to a June report by the finance planning division of the Thanh Trì People's Committee. The co-operative started supplying water in April 2013, after a Đà River project pipeline was linked to it. The co-operative's director Triệu Đình Nhã told the Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper that a lack of guidance on how much it should…... [read more]

Dak Lak (VNA) – The Central Highlands should mull over its socio-economic development plan for the remaining months of this year to ensure sustainable development, an official said at a conference in Dak Lak province on July 30. Politburo member To Lam, Minister of Public Security and Head of the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands Region, urged ministries and regional localities to seriously implement the Prime Minister’s decision on forest management and protection, closure of natural forests, and sustainable forest restoration. The Steering Committee needs to seek the PM’s approval for an irrigation development plan, as well as propose the National Assembly Standing Committee and the PM add more Government bonds to help the region improve key transport projects, including highways, he said. He called on ministries, agencies and Central Highlands localities to pilot a mechanism on regional connectivity in several fields while implementing effectively the second phase of a public health care project in 2014-2019 and suggested the PM issue new policies to develop education and vocational training in the region and its neighouring mountainous districts. The Central Highlands should better social welfares for families who rendered service to the nation in addition to improving vocational training for rural workers to serve sustainable poverty reduction efforts, he suggested. In the first six months of 2016, the region maintained a year-on-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6 percent despite the impacts of prolonged drought – which caused economic loss of over 5.4 trillion VND (243 million USD). One…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc request to resolutely implement the closure for natural forests, not to change the purpose of land use and forestry in the region of 2.25 million hectares of existing natural forests to other uses, including projects and works that have been approved. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had the conference on solutions for sustainable forest restoration in the Central Highlands On June 20, in Dak Lak Province, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had the conference on solutions for sustainable forest restoration in the Central Highlands in order to respond climate change. At the conference, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked for greater efforts to recover and develop natural forest in the Central Highlands to promptly and effectively prevent deforestation in the region. The PM highlighted the role of forest in the Central Highlands, which holds a crucial strategic position, saying that the Party and State have adopted socio-economic guidelines and polices related to protecting forest, contributing to promoting the development of the region. It is necessary to mobilize the whole political system, the business community and the local people to recovering and developing natural forest, striving to achieve the set goals, improve people’s lives and enhance the socio-economic development, he said. He asked for arranging the agricultural and forestry farms and proposing policies to ensure incomes for forest guardians and growers as well as cancel the construction of hydro-electricity plants which occupy and destroy the forest. The PM also required authorities, police and army…... [read more]

APFNet helps northern province ensure forest management The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) is conducting its first project in Vietnam, "Demonstration of Capacity of Sustainable Forest Restoration and Management in Vietnam," to increase forestry's contributions to poverty reduction, environmental services and livelihood improvement. The US $500,000 project will be carried out in the two communes of Thanh Son and Tan Son in the northern province of Phu Tho, where residents are mostly Muong and Dao ethnic people. At least 50 ha of degraded natural forests there will be restored and managed in a sustainable way. APFNet General Director Qu Guilin said, the project will help to raise forest coverage in the Asia-Pacific region to 20 million ha by 2020. Ho Chi Minh City hopes to tackle flood issues Ho Chi Minh City authorities have asked scientific agencies to conduct supplementary research to help the city deal with flooding issues in a sustainable way. The proposal was made when many of the city's big anti-flooding projects totaling are incomplete but deemed to be backwards in more complicated climatic changes. During early years of the 21st century, Ho Chi Minh City has dealt with rigorous flooding. The city's water drainage system is designed to serve a 35-square kilometre residentual area of just 1.5 million people. However, the population scale of the 140 square-kilometre central city alone has jumped up to seven million people. The system is out-of-date, using the technology of 50 years ago, with over 60% of…... [read more]

VGP - The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) is conducting its first project in Việt Nam, "Demonstration of Capacity of Sustainable Forest Restoration and Management in Việt Nam," to increase forestry's contributions to poverty reduction, environmental services and livelihood improvement. The US $500,000 project will be carried out in the two communes of Thanh Sơn and Tân Sơn in the northern province of Phú Thọ, where residents are mostly Mường and Dao ethnic people. At least 50 ha of degraded natural forests there will be restored and managed in a sustainable way. APFNet General Director Qu Guilin said, the project will help to raise forest coverage in the Asia-Pacific region to 20 million ha by 2020. By Ngọc Vân... [read more]

NDO – The East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) International Trade, Investment and Tourism Fair opened in the central city of Da Nang on August 11, gathering nearly 200 businesses and organisations from localities nationwide, as well as from foreign countries. This event is part of a series of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ASEAN. Approximately 350 booths are showcasing various products and services in the fields of electricity, electronics, IT, furniture, interior decor, handicrafts, hotels and restaurants, as well as consumer products, processed and canned food, textiles, leather shoes, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Around 22 agricultural and trade promotion centres from Hanoi, Yen Bai, Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Gia Lai, Lam Dong, Hau Giang, Binh Thuan and Binh Phuoc joined in the event. Particularly, 15 provinces and cities from foreign countries, such as South Africa, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Hungary and Indonesia, displayed their products at the fair, with the main products including processed food and beverages, local specialties, farm produce, fruit, and industrial products. A workshop on cooperation and the development of services on the EWEC and artistic performances will take place during the six-day event, offering opportunities for enterprises to introduce and display their products, whilst helping them to explore and expand markets. As part of the trade fair’s activities, a signing ceremony for a Memoranda of Understanding on cooperation between businesses was held during the 2017 Da Nang Supply and Distribution Connection Conference. This is also an opportunity for…... [read more]

Vietnamese farmers had a record crop of roughly 200,000 tons of black pepper this year (almost half the globe’s total production) and as a result prices have dropped to US$5,000 per ton. Indian pepper prices are, however, hovering around US$9,000 per ton, due to lack of inventories, which makes Vietnamese exports highly price competitive, Mr Nam noted. This has given rise to a surge of exports from Vietnam to India. Many consignments to India, he acknowledged, are rumoured to have been transhipped to India through Sri Lanka to take advantage of the lower tariffs accorded by a free trade agreement between the two countries. Indian exports dropped by nearly half from 2,500 tons to 1,000 tons last fiscal year, said Mr Nam, and the best estimates are that the declining trend may persist this year as well. If true, that would put upward pressure on pepper prices throughout the remainder of the year. The global pepper markets have shown some slight improvement during the past week as prices increased at most origins. In Vietnam, the price increased daily from a seven year low of US$3.52 (VND80,000) per kilogramme for black at the beginning of the week to US$3.74 (VND85,000) per kilogramme at the week’s close. However, Nguyen Thi Do, a pepper farmer in Dak Nong Province, says she can’t hold off and needs money to make the payments on a bank loan of US$178,770 (VND4 billion) used to…... [read more]

Banh trang nuong is rice paper grilled over charcoal with toppings such as egg, dried beef, mayonnaise and shallots. The snack is said to have been invented in Da Lat in the Central Highlands and is often dubbed “Vietnamese pizza” due to the way it looks and is prepared. The snack is now one of the southern city's favorite street foods and can be found all over, but we recommend this eatery in the alley at 209 Ton That Thuyet, District 4, where a slice only costs VND5,000 (22 cents). The restaurant is at its busiest between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., but no matter how many customers she expects, this woman never grills the 'pizzas' in advance because she wants everyone to enjoy them hot and sizzling. She also uses fresh ingredients. The snack combines the taste of roasted pate, which looks almost like ground pork, with fried onions and green shallots. Some people prefer quail eggs with the running yolks on top, while others are just fine with dried beef. Spread the sauce, fold and take a bite! Some order the rice paper with this special mango salad, which costs VND15,000 a plate and is the most expensive option here. The restaurant is open from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. and closes on Sundays.... [read more]

The price of pepper in Vietnam has gone up and down recently, allegedly due to unexpected Chinese purchases. Pepper harvest at Loc Phat cooperative in Loc Hiep commune, Loc Ninh district, Binh Phuoc province According to the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA), the pepper market has witnessed fluctuations of between 10-20 percent in pepper prices since late July. Tran Huu Thang from Xuan Tho commune, Xuan Loc district, the southern province of Dong Nai said the pepper price in the province hit 95,000 VND (4.18 USD) per kg on August 8, climbing from 75,000 VND (3.3 USD) per kg a month ago. Sometimes, the pepper price moved by 10,000 VND (44 cents) a day, Thang said. According to pepper exporters, a group of Chinese businessmen offered to buy a large quantity of pepper at any price, and asked local businesses to deliver the goods as soon as possible, prompting the business to purchase from farmers at higher prices. At the same time, the Chinese businessmen had promised to sell pepper to local dealers at low prices. However, they only sold a small amount at low prices, then raised the price claiming scarcity. Hoang Phuoc Binh, Vice President of the Chu Se district’s VPA chapter in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai said the Chinese tricks were not new, however, farmers and local businesses still fell for it. Nguyen Mai Oanh, VPA Vice President said the association has called on its members to be cautious when dealing with Chinese pepper traders.…... [read more]

Pepper harvest at Loc Phat cooperative in Loc Hiep commune, Loc Ninh district, Binh Phuoc province (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - The price of pepper in Vietnam has gone up and down recently, allegedly due to unexpected Chinese purchases. According to the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA), the pepper market has witnessed fluctuations of between 10-20 percent in pepper prices since late July. Tran Huu Thang from Xuan Tho commune, Xuan Loc district, the southern province of Dong Nai said the pepper price in the province hit 95,000 VND (4.18 USD) per kg on August 8, climbing from 75,000 VND (3.3 USD) per kg a month ago. Sometimes, the pepper price moved by 10,000 VND (44 cents) a day, Thang said. According to pepper exporters, a group of Chinese businessmen offered to buy a large quantity of pepper at any price, and asked local businesses to deliver the goods as soon as possible, prompting the business to purchase from farmers at higher prices. At the same time, the Chinese businessmen had promised to sell pepper to local dealers at low prices. However, they only sold a small amount at low prices, then raised the price claiming scarcity. Hoang Phuoc Binh, Vice President of the Chu Se district’s VPA chapter in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai said the Chinese tricks were not new, however, farmers and local businesses still fell for it. Nguyen Mai Oanh, VPA Vice President said the association…... [read more]




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