Mekong Delta attracts 17 million visitors

Hanoi, August 14 (VNA) – The cultivation sector is expected to grow up to 2.05 percent in 2017 thanks to bright prospects in major export markets, according to the Cultivation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).  Since early this year, the prices of most fruits have increased, while the rice price has remained stable.  The sector has replaced unproductive rice with other plants to match demand, mainly with fruit trees. Production plans will also be adjusted to minimise damage from extreme weather, especially in vulnerable areas such as the Central Highlands and the south central coastal and Mekong Delta regions.  The sector will also maintain the productivity of coffee and cashew farms, while expanding tea fields.  The Cultivation Department will also guide farmers in cultivating rice in the northern and Mekong Delta regions for high yield.  Nguyen Hong Son, head of the Cultivation Department, said that the autumn-winter crop in the Mekong Delta region is important, as it is expected to make up for the fall in productivity of the winter-spring crop 2017 when rice yield dropped 296,600 tonnes from 2016.  Son advised regional localities to strengthen forecast efficiency to prevent insect spreading, thus ensuring productivity.  Son added that the provinces should prioritise rice varieties with high export value such as Jasmine 85, Nang Hoa 9 and VD20.  According to the MARD, in the first half of 2017, the cultivation sector’s growth reached 1.66 percent. …... [read more]

A pine apple processing factory. Illustrative photo (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The cultivation sector is expected to grow up to 2.05 percent in 2017 thanks to bright prospects in major export markets, according to the Cultivation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). Since early this year, the prices of most fruits have increased, while the rice price has remained stable. The sector has replaced unproductive rice with other plants to match demand, mainly with fruit trees. Production plans will also be adjusted to minimise damage from extreme weather, especially in vulnerable areas such as the Central Highlands and the south central coastal and Mekong Delta regions. The sector will also maintain the productivity of coffee and cashew farms, while expanding tea fields. The Cultivation Department will also guide farmers in cultivating rice in the northern and Mekong Delta regions for high yield. Nguyen Hong Son, head of the Cultivation Department, said that the autumn-winter crop in the Mekong Delta region is important, as it is expected to make up for the fall in productivity of the winter-spring crop 2017 when rice yield dropped 296,600 tonnes from 2016. Son advised regional localities to strengthen forecast efficiency to prevent insect spreading, thus ensuring productivity. Son added that the provinces should prioritise rice varieties with high export value such as Jasmine 85, Nang Hoa 9 and VD20. According to the MARD, in the first half of 2017, the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Many fishermen in the Mekong Delta region have complained that the ban on catching baby fish in local rivers during the rainy season has been implemented ineffectively, failing to protect marine life and seriously affecting their income. Many fishermen in the Mekong Delta region have complained that the ban on catching baby fish in local rivers during the rainy season has been implemented ineffectively, failing to protect marine life and seriously affecting their income. — Photo tuoitre.vn Nguyen Huu Hai, a fisherman in An Giang Province’s Vinh Hoi Dong Commune, told Tuoi tre (Youth) newspaper that the provincial authority has banned all fishing activities on the Tien and Hau rivers between early June and late August. The ban aims to protect species, such as blue-legged shrimps and cyprinid fish from being eradicated during the rainy season. Since early June, Vinh Hoi Dong Commune’s People’s Committee has seized three fishing nets installed illegally by local fishermen. However, Hai said, the authority’s ban until the end of August is too long and unnecessary. Hai said he had been fishing for seven years, and the best time to catch fish is from mid-July when water levels at local rivers rise significantly due to heavy downpours. This year, local fishermen will only be allowed to install their fishing nets in September. By that time, cyprinid fish which have gotten old will fetch VND6,000 less per kilo than the high-season prices of VND40,000 -50,000. Hai said the local authority should allow fishermen…... [read more]

Press conference to announce plans for the aquaculture 2017 show in Can Tho. — VNS Photo Thu Ngan The country’s premier international aquaculture industry show, Aquaculture Viet Nam 2017, will take place in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Can Tho in late October with an expected 4,000 visitors. Seventy per cent of around 120 companies at the exhibition will be from Viet Nam, with the rest from other countries. Aquaculture companies, especially those from the Mekong Delta, will introduce their brands and products to partners and consumers, while farmers will have a chance to update their knowledge and seek markets and technologies. Rose Chitanuwat, group director of UBM Asia, an organiser of the exhibition, said the exhibition would present an overview of the aquaculture industry with topics related to feeding, processing, marketing, services and finished products. Chitanuwat also said the exhibition would present the latest production innovations, new cost-effective solutions for quality control, and ideas and insights to grow companies’ business through a comprehensive programme, including business-to-business exhibitions and conferences. At the event, an international aquaculture conference, with the theme “Aquaculture – Profitable and Sustainable Business”, will be held. Domestic and international experts will discuss industry topics, including the use of technologies in breeding and processing products. The exhibition will be held from October 25-27 at the Can Tho International Exhibition and Fair Centre. It is organised by UBM Asia with the co-operation of the Directorate of…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Doctors at Binh Dan Hospital in HCM City have performed the country’s first robotic surgery on a liver cancer patient. Binh Dan Hospital in HCM City has successfully performed the country’s first robotic surgery on a liver cancer patient. Photo courtesy of Binh Dan Hospital Doctors removed the left lobe of the liver, which contained a six-centimetre tumour, of a 59-year-old patient from the Mekong Delta province of Long An in late July, according to a hospital press release sent to the media on Wednesday. Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses smaller incisions than normal surgical methods. The method helps to protect the liver’s main blood vessel. The use of a robot also helps to reduce pain, bleeding, infections and the length of hospital stay. Dr Nguyen Dinh Song Huy, deputy head of the oncology centre at Cho Ray Hospital, said the centre had seen an increase in new incidences of liver cancer year-by-year, from 2,793 in 2010 to 4,069 last year. Of the figure, the male-female ratio was 4.48 to one. Most of the patients were aged 50 to 60, while the highest number of cases were from the Mekong Delta region. Huy said that hepatitis B and C were the main causes of liver cancer, with 91 per cent of 24,091 patients from 2010 to 2016 diagnosed with hepatitis. Forty-one per cent of the cases were detected at a late, incurable stage. Since liver cancer often does not show clinical…... [read more]

People in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam are busy fishing when the flooding season has come. On the fields of An Giang Province’s Phu Hoi Commune, nets have been laid to catch fish, crabs and snakes. Huynh Van Tai, a local resident who has much experience in fishing during the flooding season, said that this year the flooding arrived earlier than expected so many people had not yet prepared for the work. Bui Thi Suong in Dong Thap Province’s Hong Ngu District said that earlier, his family earned bigger income from fishing on the flooding season. She even hired dozens of workers for the work. However, in recent years, the seafood source has much decreased. These days, she and her husband are taking advantages of the flooding season to catch some fish for sales in the market.   Some photos of the busy farmers in the Mekong Delta region in the flooding season:    On the fields of An Giang Province       Fish and shrimps     The flooding season also brings water-lily flowers which are a popular kind of vegetable. These days, besides selling fish, Tran Thi Nhung in An Giang Province’s An Phu District also sells water-lily flowers to earn more money.     More sesbania sesban flowers sold at the Mekong Delta region’s markets during the flooding reason. The flowers are used to make some tasty dishes. Fish and sesbania sesban flowers are popular dishes of local people during this time.        Children…... [read more]

Binh Dan Hospital in HCM City has successfully performed the country’s first robotic surgery on a liver cancer patient. (Photo: Binh Dan Hospital)​ HCM City (VNA) - Doctors at Binh Dan Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City have performed the country’s first robotic surgery on a liver cancer patient. Doctors removed the left lobe of the liver, which contained a six-centimetre tumour, of a 59-year-old patient from the Mekong Delta province of Long An in late July, according to a hospital press release sent to the media on August 9. Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses smaller incisions than normal surgical methods. The method helps to protect the liver’s main blood vessel. The use of a robot also helps to reduce pain, bleeding, infections and the length of hospital stay.   [Robots upgrade surgery quality for Vietnamese] Dr Nguyen Dinh Song Huy, deputy head of the oncology centre at Cho Ray Hospital, said the centre had seen an increase in new incidences of liver cancer year-by-year, from 2,793 in 2010 to 4,069 last year. Of the figure, the male-female ratio was 4.48 to one. Most of the patients were aged 50 to 60, while the highest number of cases were from the Mekong Delta region. Huy said that hepatitis B and C were the main causes of liver cancer, with 91 percent of 24,091 patients from 2010 to 2016 diagnosed with hepatitis. Forty-one percent of the cases were …... [read more]

Visitors at the exhibition (Photo: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – The museum of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on August 8 jointly held a photo exhibition to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The exhibition, which will run until September 30, features 120 photos introducing the establishment and development of the association, along with the socio-economic achievements as well as national cultural identity of Vietnam in the ASEAN community. Via the lens of VNA reporters, important events throughout ASEAN’s five-decade development are highlighted, including the first ASEAN Environment Forum in Hanoi in September 1999, the opening of the Conference of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information in October 2000 in Hanoi and the 34th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Hanoi in July 2001. Director of the Can Tho Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Viet Phuong said that the event is part of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and 72 years of the August Revolution (August 19), and the National Day (September 2). Also on August 8, Can Tho also launched another photo exhibition themed “Sen village – Uncle Ho’s Homeland” showcasing 120 photos on the place where President Ho Chi Minh was born and grew up, as well as the late leader’s visits to his homeland. Within the framework of the event, the Can Tho Museum also coordinated with the An Giang Museum to …... [read more]

Hanoi, August 7 (VNA) - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has approved the proposal to build a coal shipment port in the southern region.  The deputy PM assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade in co-operation with the Ministry of Transport and relevant agencies to complete the port construction feasibility report. The port will carry coal to thermo-power plants in the Mekong Delta region.  As per the deputy PM’s instruction, the ministries will propose coal shipment plans to serve the urgent thermo-power plant demand in the region while building suitable investment plans to submit to PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc for approval.  According to the national electricity development master plan, the Mekong Delta region will have seven major thermo-power centres, including Long Phu, Song Hau, Duyen Hai, Bac Lieu, An Giang, Kien Luong and Tien Giang.  The total demand of imported coal for the thermo-power centres would be around 11 million tonnes by 2020 and 22 million tonnes by 2025. The coal demand would increase to 43 million tonnes by 2030.  Local coal resources have been concentrated in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh which mainly serve for thermo-power centres in the northern and central provinces.  Experts argue that Vietnam should have a coal trans-shipment port to reduce costs of transport to the centres in the region. However, the Government should consider coal import sources and vessel capacity. VNA/VNP  ... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has approved ​a proposal to build a coal shipment port in the southern region (Photo: nangluongvietnam.vn) Hanoi (VNA) - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has approved a proposal to build a coal shipment port in the southern region. The deputy PM assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and relevant agencies to complete the port construction feasibility report. The port will carry coal to thermo-power plants in the Mekong Delta region. As per the deputy PM’s instruction, the ministries will propose coal shipment plans to serve the urgent thermo-power plant demand in the region while building suitable investment plans to submit to PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc for approval. According to the national electricity development master plan, the Mekong Delta region will have seven major thermo-power centres, including Long Phu, Song Hau, Duyen Hai, Bac Lieu, An Giang, Kien Luong and Tien Giang. The total demand of imported coal for the thermo-power centres would be around 11 million tonnes by 2020 and 22 million tonnes by 2025. The coal demand would increase to 43 million tonnes by 2030. Local coal resources have been concentrated in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh which mainly serve for thermo-power centres in the northern and central provinces. Experts argue that Vietnam should have a coal trans-shipment port to reduce costs of transport to the centres in the region. However, the Government should consider …... [read more]




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