HCM City seeks to trace pork origins

The department in collaboration with other agencies and the management of Hoc Mon and Binh Dien markets checked the pork that was entering them. Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, deputy director of the department, said on July 30 night and July 31 morning, for instance, some 8,400 pig carcasses were brought in, but only 1,205 had traceable origins. He said that 35% had information entered in their rings by farmers, but the rate falls to 21% when they leave slaughterhouses following lapses by veterinary staff, and falls further to 13% when they reach the two wholesale markets. The city’s programme to trace the origin of pork involves four locations – farms, abattoirs, wholesale distributors, and retailers. It has a connected information system, and if any part of the chain does not record information, consumers cannot check the origin of the meat, Hoa explained. Around 85% of the pork consumed in the city market is supplied from other cities and provinces, and the city is the only locality in the country to have such a programme. So the city can only request authorities in other provinces to help in this regard, he said. To improve the situation, relevant city agencies should co-operate with their counterparts in other provinces to persuade pig farmers to record information about pigs and instruct abattoirs and traders to accept only pigs with clear origins, he said. The department has called on the city government to take a tougher line with violators. Hoa said pork sold…... [read more]

Pork sold at Hoc Mon wholesale market. — VNS Photo Starting on Monday, only pork with traceable origins is ostensibly allowed to enter HCM City’s two wholesale markets, but inspections by authorities found that only around 13 per cent of the pork in the markets actually had clear origins, according to the Department of Industry and Trade. The department in collaboration with other agencies and the managements of Hoc Mon and Binh Dien markets checked the pork that was entering them. Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, deputy director of the department, said on July 30 night and July 31 morning, for instance, some 8,400 pig carcasses were brought in, but only 1,205 had traceable origins. He said that 35 per cent had information entered in their rings by farmers, but the rate falls to 21 per cent when they leave slaughterhouses following lapses by veterinary staff, and falls further to 13 per cent when they reach the two wholesale markets. The city’s programme to trace the origin of pork involves four locations – farms, abattoirs, wholesale distributors, and retailers. It has a connected information system, and if any part of the chain does not record information, consumers cannot check the origin of the meat, Hoa explained. Around 85 per cent of the pork consumed in the city market is supplied from other cities and provinces, and the city is the only locality in the country to have such a programme. So the…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City and the central highlands town of Da Lat will establish e-commerce floor where farmers will up their flowers to sale and businesses will lay orders and carry out transaction. However, at first, People’s Committee of Da Lat Town and Saigon Trading Corp (Satra) set up a chain to supply high quality flowers. The two sides will build two 14-16 hectare centers each to sell flowers in Da Lat and Binh Dien Wholesale Market in Ho Chi Minh City with international-level freezing warehouses.All flowers will be kept in a freezing warehouse in a bid to keep its quality. At first flowers will be treated and packed in commerce centers and then transported to BInh Dien Market for distribution and export.It is scheduled commerce centers will be operated in 2018. once sales of flowers is stable, the two sides will set up e-commerce floor where farmers advertise their products and businesses lay orders and purchase. Currently, flowers are grown in around 8,000 hectare of agricultural land in Da Lat Town which is the biggest land in the country accounting for 50 percent of the whole country’s productivity. However, flowers are not treated and its quality is not high; hence, export just achieved 10 percent. HCMC is the largest market for flower; accordingly commerce centers are hoped to help farmers in dealing directly with businesses to have more profit.... [read more]

In Da Lat, the flower exchange center will be built at the end of the Mimosa Pass, about 10km from the heart of the resort city, near Don Duong District, which is a hub of flowers and vegetables in Lam Dong Province. As planned, the center will occupy 16.6 hectares and receive flowers from Da Lat and its neighborhoods to process and transport to other places. The center will deliver flowers to its counterpart in Ho Chi Minh City as well. The Da Lat flower exchange center is meant to take orders from buyers and gather flower data from growers in order to finalize and sign purchase contracts, with support from technology. In Ho Chi Minh City, the flower exchange center will cover 14 hectares at Binh Dien Market in District 8. Flowers will be delivered from the center to smaller markets or florists upon request. The next orders and their payments will be handed over to the center in Da Lat in the next cycle. This flower business is modeled on that at the Ota market in Tokyo. Ota Market first opened its doors in 1989, according to its website. The market now moves an enormous volume of items through its warehouses on a daily basis, including around 3,600 tons of produce and nearly 33 tons of aquatic products. The on-site flower market is currently among the largest in Japan. Susumu Kiryu, president of Ota Floriculture Research Institute Ltd., said the most important point in running the Ota market…... [read more]

Officials in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat and Ho Chi Minh City are planning to operate two separate flower exchange centers in 2018 to spur the development of horticulture, with an ambitious goal for flower auctions also set for the two places. Officials in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat and Ho Chi Minh City are planning to operate two separate flower exchange centers in 2018 to spur the development of horticulture, with an ambitious goal for flower auctions also set for the two places. In Da Lat, the flower exchange center will be built at the end of the Mimosa Pass, about 10km from the heart of the resort city, near Don Duong District, which is a hub of flowers and vegetables in Lam Dong Province. As planned, the center will occupy 16.6 hectares and receive flowers from Da Lat and its neighborhoods to process and transport to other places. The center will deliver flowers to its counterpart in Ho Chi Minh City as well. The Da Lat flower exchange center is meant to take orders from buyers and gather flower data from growers in order to finalize and sign purchase contracts, with support from technology. In Ho Chi Minh City, the flower exchange center will cover 14 hectares at Binh Dien Market in District 8. Flowers will be delivered from the center to smaller markets or florists upon request. The next orders and their payments will be handed over to the center in Da Lat…... [read more]

Market stories Simon Speakman Cordall By Simon Speakman Cordall in HCMC No one is sure how long the market on Ben Van Don Street has been there. Nguyen Van Ngoc’s family have been selling fruit on this small, pot holed and crowded street for generations and even he can’t tell you when the market first stumbled into existence. All that anyone can really agree on is that it’s been there since Reunification, providing some of the harder pressed families of District 4with their daily intake of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. This narrow street, it’s aging, pock marked buildings teetering perilously into the road, as market traders squat and sell their wares to passing locals, seems to belong to a different time and place to the gleaming office blocks on the other side of District 4’s canal. Life for the market traders isn’t easy. For most, the day will start at 3 a.m. and the 30km journey by motorbike to Binh Dien Market in Binh Chanh District where they will buy the produce they’re going to sell that day. Tran Van Son’s family have been selling fish on the market for three generations. Son likes working here. He likes working alongside his friends and talking with the customers that come to his stall to buy fish. Like everyone on the market, Son will work the entire year round. He can’t remember having a holiday, but life is good. He has a son who is doing well at school and a…... [read more]

Fireworks displays and flower markets Kieu Giang HCMC will have eight fireworks displays to ring in the Year of the Goat on February 18 and three flower markets which will take place from now until February 18. The area near the Saigon River Tunnel in District 2, the Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1 and other six places around the city will be fireworks display venues. Three large flower markets will be held at Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District, the September 23 Park and Le Van Tam Park in District 1. There are 125 other small markets around the city. Especially, Thu Duc and Can Gio districts will hold the most flower markets, at 19 and 16 respectively. Visitors can stay connected to the Internet thanks to free wifi at the spring flower festivals and Tet flower markets at Tao Dan Park, Le Van Tam Park, Gia Dinh Park, Le Thi Rieng Park, Phu Lam Park, Hoang Van Thu Park, Phu My Hung Urban Zone and Binh Dien Market and Binh Dong Wharf. During Tet Flower Street and Book Street on Ham Nghi Boulevard, this boulevard and some nearby roads are closed to traffic: 1. Ham Nghi Boulevard: - No automobiles can enter the auto lanes of Ham Nghi Boulevard between Quach Thi Trang Roundabout and Ton Duc Thang Street from 7 a.m. on February 6 to 6 a.m. on February 23. All vehicles are banned from 5 p.m. on February 16 to 6 a.m. on February 23.…... [read more]

A market where traders are almost sleepless Nguyen Quyen and Thanh Hoa By Nguyen Quyen and Thanh Hoa - The Saigon Times Daily Unlike many other traditional wet markets that are often quiet at night, Binh Dien Wholesale Market in HCMC’s District 8 is always busy and crowded at night. This is one of the largest wholesale markets. The market turns more bustling when trucks from other provinces arrive. Traders and their partners talk business while porters are busy unloading goods from the trucks and delivering goods to customers. For some traders, the market is not only a place for business but also their second house. Kim Phuong, the owner of a seafood stall, said she has been working there for nine years. Various kinds of goods are transported to Binh Dien Wholesale Market from 9 p.m. every day. Seafood like fish, shrimp and octopus is classified according to their size and the needs of customers. From 1 a.m., small resellers from wet markets citywide come there to collect goods for resale early in the morning. According to the Binh Dien market management board, several thousand people frequent Binh Dien every night. The market creates jobs for a large number of people who are willing to work hard at night.... [read more]

City to set up commodity exchange By Hong Van - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The HCMC Research and Development Institution has proposed to establish the Saigon Commodity Exchange Department (SCE) at an estimated cost of VND200 billion. The institute has also proposed to build delivery and payment centers at the three markets similar to farm produce trading centers in Japan and Taiwan. The pilot project will be developed at Thu Duc Market. The city government has yet to decide when to kick off the project or whether to collect more suggestions from relevant departments.... [read more]

Green Development: Renewable Energy Highlighted By Van Nam In its agenda for 2012, the Ministry of Planning and Investment is slated to forward to the Government the national strategy for green development. According to the ministry’s scheme, incentives will be given to green production, green energy, green consumption and green cities. As fossil fuel is withering away, Vietnam has paid greater attention to sustainable development in which economic growth must be attached to demand both for the time being and in the future. Among the most formidable challenges currently faced by economic sectors in Vietnam is a lack of due care for environmental protection and waste of energy. In recent years, however, Vietnamese businesses have begun to be aware of the significance of technological renovation which helps produce lower carbon footprint and less waste. At the same time, such renovation will remarkably save energy and enhance the recycling process. According to Nguyen Duc Cuong, director of the Center for Renewable Energy under the Vietnam Institute of Energy, the country has tremendous potential for developing renewable energy such as solar power, geothermal energy, biomass power, wind power, and micro-hydro power. In July last year, the Government issued Decision 1208/QD-TTg on the national power development planning during 2011-2020 in which a road map for renewable energy is outlined. Although several wind power projects have already got off the ground, investors in this business are still encountering serious obstacles. Current low unit rates have kept many entrepreneurs at bay. To tackle the problem,…... [read more]




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