Funds raised to support flood-hit northern localities

At least five people were killed and 15 others went missing during downpours and floods in several northern mountainous provinces (Source: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – At least five people were killed and 15 others went missing during downpours and floods in several northern mountainous provinces from August 1-3. The victims are from Bac Kan, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Yen Bai and Son La provinces, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported on August 3. Torrential rains also damaged 87 houses, submerged 5 hectares of farming land, swept away 61 heads of cattle and poultry, and triggered landslides on national and provincial roads in the localities. Local authorities visited families of the victims and mobilised forces to help residents in the flood-hit areas overcome consequences caused by the natural disasters and stabilise their lives.   The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control on August 2 asked provincial steering boards for natural disaster prevention, search and rescue to keep a close watch on the development of downpours and floods and update all-level authorities and people on the situation to take timely response measures. The provincial steering boards and hydroelectricity companies of Son La, Hoa Binh and Tuyen Quang were also requested to ensure safety of reservoirs.-VNA... [read more]

At 10.00am on July 21, the storm was located at 18.4 degrees north latitude and 113 degrees east longitude, about 260km southeast of China’s Hainan island. It regained its strength with winds gusting between 88-117kph near its centre. In the next 24 hours, the storm is forecast to move between north and north-west at a speed of 15kph and continue to strengthen further. At a meeting the same day, the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control asked coastal provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Ninh and relevant agencies to keep their eyes glued to Chanthu which is expected to change its direction in the coming days. These provinces were requested to tightly control fishing vessels, especially those operating in the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf. The committee reminded northern mountain localities to be highly vigilant against heavy rains, flash floods and landslide.... [read more]

Vicente strengthens, northern localities on alert Kai-Tak pounded northern Philippines on August 15, killing at least two people and causing widespread flooding. The storm is travelling between north and north-west at a speed of 15-20km per hour and is forecast to regain strength. On August 17 the storm is forecast to be 90km away from Hong Kong, packing winds of up to 102km per hour near its centre and causing rough seas. After making landfall, it will weaken into a low pressure system and dissipate on the Chinese land. In a telegram sent on August 14, the National Committee for Flood and Storm Control requested that northern coastal provinces and a number of relevant ministries be well prepared for the storm which is expected to threaten fishermen and dump heavy rains on coastal areas in the coming days. Last month tropical storm Vicente struck Vietnam, causing flash floods in northern mountain localities and killing less than 10 people.... [read more]

Over 20 professional cooks and volunteers in Hanoi joined hands to make 1,000 sticky rice cakes to present to children in highlands areas on January 14th.... [read more]

Quinoa trees can bear chilly weather, drought, and be grown in barren soil suitable for northern mountainous localities in Vietnam. The Hanoi University of Agriculture and the INIA have developed a pilot project to grow this crop in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. During a recent visit to Vietnam, Ivan Matus, a Country Co-ordinator of INIA’s Genetic Resources Program examined climate and soil conditions in Ha Giang. He said the Chilean Institute will provide technical assistance to Vietnam to grow two of its Quinoa varieties. If the pilot project proves successful, it will be replicated in other mountainous areas in Vietnam. Quinoa is considered “gold seed” which contains essential amino acids and is rich in minerals and vitamins and healthy gluten-free. It is also considered one of the world’s most balanced and nutritious foods, which was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for astronauts. The United Nations has declared 2013 as International Year of Quinoa.... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - The lack of knowledge about organ donation is one of the main reasons leading to the shortage of organ donation sources, according to medical experts. Public awareness of organ donation remained limited, even amongst medical workers, said Deputy Director of the National Co-ordination Centre for Organ Transplant Đồng Văn Hệ. A survey on medical workers' knowledge about brain-dead patients carried out in 2015 at some hospitals in the northern mountainous localities found that more than 70 per cent of medical workers said brain-dead patients could recover. Particularly, 44 per cent of students of the Hà Nội Medical University also said that brain-dead patients could be saved. This misunderstanding of brain-dead patients would have a great impact on encouraging and raising public awareness of organ donation from brain-dead patients, Hệ told Sức khỏe và Đời sống (Health and Life) Newspaper. "Brain-dead patients cannot be saved," he said. The Ministry of Health recently held a media campaign to raise awareness amongst both people and medical workers about organ donation, stating that donations from brain-dead patients are a valuable source. Doctor Lý Văn Liền from Bảo Yên Hospital in the northern mountainous province of Lào Cai said he himself was not well aware of organ donation and brain-death. "After attending the campaign ceremony, I was updated with a lot of knowledge. I will register to donate organs after death. In the worst case, a part of my body could help save others. This is the most meaningful…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - According to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, the sector’s 1.2 percent growth in a challenging year showed the efforts of localities and farmers. Prime Minister (PM) Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended an online year-end conference of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hanoi on December 26. This year, the agriculture sector has faced many difficulties. Extreme cold spells in early this year ravaged 14 northern mountainous localities, while historic droughts devastated the south central and Central Highlands regions, and record drought and saltwater intrusion in 100 years seriously hit the Mekong Delta region. Since October, serious floods have swept through eight south central localities. Natural disasters led to water shortage for about 1 million people, harming 300,000 hectares of rice fields. According to the statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, natural disasters killed 253 people and caused losses worth 39 trillion VND. In the six months of this year, the sector’s growth suffered a drop of 0.18 percent, with falls in exports of almost all major products. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said the sector’s 1.2 percent growth in a challenging year showed the efforts of localities and farmers. The minister noted that exports of vegetables and fruits surpassed that of rice, hitting 2.4 billion USD, a rise of 31.2 percent year on year. Animal husbandry also witnessed a 5.4 percent increase in production value over 2015. In 2017, the sector aims at a GDP…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pledged to work hard to remove and adjust unsuitable land use policies to accelerate agriculture development during an online year-end conference of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on December 26. The PM pointed out that largest obstacles hindering agriculture development include land limitation, poor capacity of agricultural businesses and slow application of science and technology. He showed disappointment at the limited use of e-commerce in the trading of agricultural products, the small production scale, land wastefulness and forest destruction. The reservoir and irrigation system has been degraded, threatening people’s lives, while inspection in agriculture has been poor, he noted. Along with information technology and tourism, agriculture is considered a strength of Vietnam and a comparative advantage, the PM said, adding that the sector is also employing 40 percent of the population. Therefore, he stressed the necessity to pay more attention to value rather than raw volume, and strengthen the building of trade mark. The PM highlighted that Vietnam’s agriculture sector, which is vulnerable to climate change, should restructure its production towards smart agriculture with strong application of science and technology, thus enhancing products’ value and increasing farmers’ income. At the same time, it is necessary to focus more on processing to raise products’ value, he said, asking the Ministry of Science and Technology to pay attention to developing science and technology serving agriculture. This year, the agriculture sector has faced many difficulties. Extreme cold spells in early this year ravaged…... [read more]

Columbian Chargé d'affaires Claudia Zambrano (R), flanked by an interpreter, speaks at the working session with Son La authorities (Photo: VNA) Son La (VNA) – Foreign female diplomats to Vietnam expressed their hope for stronger cooperation with Son La province while visiting this northern mountainous locality on December 12. National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong and several NA deputies also joined the delegation. At a working session with the delegation, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Hoang Van Chat introduced that Son La has always strived to manage and effectively capitalise on investment. It has created the best possible environment for 55 hydropower plants to operate. Their electricity output is estimated at 11.9 billion kWh at present, accounting for 7.39 percent of Vietnam’s total production. Many strides have also been made in local agriculture, he said, noting that 41 Son La-based businesses and cooperatives have had 86 agricultural products certified with the Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practice (VietGAP). About 13,150 local families have planted 12,400 hectares of coffee and they have built a brand of organic Arabica coffee, he noted. Speaking highly of the province’s socio-economic development potential, the foreign diplomats said they are impressed by the local budget revenue this year, 3.89 trillion VND (nearly 172 million USD) – up 600 billion VND (over 26,500 USD) from 2015. Its gross regional domestic product growth rate is estimated to reach over 9 percent despite impacts of the severe cold spell in the beginning of 2016. They said they expect…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - According to a report presented by the National Assembly Standing Committee on November 4, the agricultural restructuring project has helped raise farmers’ income, shift labour structure in the farming sector and develop new rural areas sustainably. Legislators examined inspection outcomes of the implementation of the national target programme on new-style rural areas in the period 2010-2015 in combination with agricultural restructuring during their plenary session on November 4. According to a report presented by the National Assembly Standing Committee, thanks to the programme, rural areas have been given facelifts, especially the transport system and social infrastructure. So far, 2,061 communes or 23 percent of the total communes and 27 districts across the country have been recognised as new-style rural areas. The rates of communes achieving criteria on planning, security and social order, electricity, education, irrigation and income improved significantly over the past five years. Household poverty rate dropped from 17.4 percent in 2011 to 8.2 percent in 2015. Per capital income in the modern communes rose from 16 million VND (720 USD) to 28.4 million VND (roughly 1,280 USD) per year during this period. For 2010-2015 period, more than 851 trillion VND (38.3 billion USD) were mobilised for the programme. The legislature also allocated 15 trillion VND (675 million USD) sourced from Government bonds to the work during the 2014-2016 period, the report said. Besides, the agricultural restructuring project has helped raise farmers’ income, shift labour structure in the farming sector and develop new rural areas sustainably.…... [read more]




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