Nearly 70ha of crop inundated in An Giang

Con Co Island in the central province of Quang Tri (Source: VNA)   Quang Tri (VNA) – Con Co Island in the central province of Quang Tri will become the 11th island nationwide connected to the national power grid. An agreement to this effect was signed between the Quang Tri province People’s Committee and the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) in Dong Ha city on August 10. Accordingly, the EVN will supply power to 26 households,11 agencies and sectors, along with other public facilities on the island, which are using diesel-generated electricity.  The EVN has assigned Quang Tri Power Company to ensure round-the-clock electricity connection for the island. Founded in October 2014 under the Prime Minister’s decision, Con Co has built a number of facilities, including a water supply system, a health centre, schools and roads to serve travel demand of local residents and tourists. The two existing diesel-run generators on Con Co have provided electricity for the islanders for only 17-19 hours. Located 30 km from the mainland, Con Co island, which crosses the 17th parallel, is considered an “outpost watch” due to its location.  Covering 2.3 square kilometres, it is one of the most magnificent islands of the central region with its diverse ecosystem.-VNA... [read more]

​Dong Van Karst Plateau (Photo: VNA) Ha Giang (VNA) – The Banyan Tree Group conducted a fact-finding tour to the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang from August 8-10 to study the building of super luxury hotels in the locality. After visiting popular destinations in Ha Giang, the group showed special interests in areas of Nam Dam Lake in Quan Ba district, and Ma Pi Leng Pass in Meo Vac district. At a working session with local authorities on August 10, Director of the group’s project Phan Chi proposed the province build roads to these selected areas and hand over clean land to investors as well as ensure the provision of electricity and water and support the group to build resorts according to local architectures. Secretary of the provincial Party’s Committee Trieu Tai Vinh and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Son revealed a plan to build a global geological park at Dong Van Karst Plateau approved by the Prime Minister in April 2017. The scheme is significant to the development of the plateau – which was recognised as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks in 2010, becoming Vietnam’s first geological park and the second in Southeast Asia, they said.   [Plan for Dong Van geopark development approved] The officials added that Ha Giang is coordinating with the McKinsey & Company Vietnam Limited to speed up the building of a tourism development plan for the park and Ha …... [read more]

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Nay Pena, Chairman of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Central Committee’s Inspection Commission and First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate (Source: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam always attaches importance and gives top priority to consolidating and developing the good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive, sustainable, long-term cooperation with Cambodia, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has said. The Party leader hosted a reception for Nay Pena, Chairman of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Central Committee’s Inspection Commission and First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate, in Hanoi on August 10. Trong said Nay Pena’s visit to Vietnam is of significance as it takes place in the context that the two countries are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties. He noted with pleasure the enhanced relations between the two Parties and nations across fields, significantly contributing to political stability, and socio-economic development in each country. Applauding outcomes of the talks between the two Party Inspection Commissions, General Secretary Trong suggested them intensify the sharing of information and experience in the inspection and supervision work. For his part, Nay Pena thanked Vietnam for its valuable support to Cambodia during the struggle for national liberation, helping Cambodian people escape from the Pol Pot genocidal regime, as well as the during the cause of national reconciliation, construction and defence. Cambodia will work together with Vietnam to take the long-standing…... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Nearly 120 domestic and foreign fisheries firms will join the Vietnam Aquaculture Expo & Forum at the Can Tho International Exhibition Fair Centre in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho from October 25-27. The event will be co-hosted by the Directorate of Fisheries, the Vietnam Fisheries Society, the municipal branch of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the UMB Corporation, with nearly 4,000 guests taking part. At a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on August 10, Vice Director of the Directorate of Fisheries’ Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation Vu Duyen Hai said the event affords participants a chance to choose advanced technologies to improve fisheries output, quality and processing. On display will be farming equipment, fisheries feed and manufacturing equipment, processing and packaging lines, among others. Issues regarding varieties quality, epidemic diseases, aquaculture technology, processing and export, markets, services and sustainable development will also be discussed. As part of the event, the Mekong Chef 2017, themed “Festival of Vietnamese tra fish and trade promotion”, will be held with a view to introducing processed tra fish from professional chefs at home and abroad to visitors. The organising board will partner with the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the centres for agricultural encouragement of 13 Mekong Delta cities and provinces to bring farmers to the event.-VNA... [read more]

The MoNRE reported on August 9 that it approved a proposal by Binh Thuan authorities in which the mud and waste sand of Vinh Tan 1 thermal power plant would be dumped at Vinh Tan Port instead of the sea. Vinh Tan Port was previously picked as a landfill for the waste mud dredged by the Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant. The MoNRE’s original decision still had to await final approval of the Government. The ministry’s u-turn came following pressure from the public and the scientific community as the news broke in June. MoNRE’s Deputy Minister Nguyen Linh Ngoc on June 23 agreed to allow Vinh Tan 1 Electricity Company, which is in charge of the power plant of the same name, to dump 918,533 cubic metres of dredged mud and sand into the sea in Tuy Phong district. The sea area in question, however, was located adjacent to Hon Cau marine protected area in Tuy Phong. It is one of 16 marine protected areas in Vietnam. The proposal prompted public protests over fears the waste could threaten the coral ecosystem and sea life in the area. The events took a stunning turn when three of the scientists listed as members of the dumping plan’s environmental impact assessment denied their involvement in the plan, claiming their names had been used without their consent. Binh Thuan province then asked the Government to suspend the dumping plan, while Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered…... [read more]

The MoNRE reported on August 9 that it approved a proposal by Binh Thuan authorities in which the mud and waste sand of Vinh Tan 1 thermal power plant would be dumped at Vinh Tan Port instead of the sea. Vinh Tan Port was previously picked as a landfill for the waste mud dredged by the Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant. The MoNRE’s original decision still had to await final approval of the Government. The ministry’s u-turn came following pressure from the public and the scientific community as the news broke in June. MoNRE’s Deputy Minister Nguyen Linh Ngoc on June 23 agreed to allow Vinh Tan 1 Electricity Company, which is in charge of the power plant of the same name, to dump 918,533 cubic metres of dredged mud and sand into the sea in Tuy Phong district. The sea area in question, however, was located adjacent to Hon Cau marine protected area in Tuy Phong. It is one of 16 marine protected areas in Vietnam. The proposal prompted public protests over fears the waste could threaten the coral ecosystem and sea life in the area. The events took a stunning turn when three of the scientists listed as members of the dumping plan’s environmental impact assessment denied their involvement in the plan, claiming their names had been used without their consent. Binh Thuan province then asked the Government to suspend the dumping plan, while Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – With demand for sand for construction rising even as prices are skyrocketing, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Dinh Dung has recommended the use of other materials in construction in place of natural sand. Sand for construction is piled at a site in Tien Phong Ward in the northern province of Thai Binh. As many localities in Viet Nam have cracked down on illegal sand mining, the huge demand for sand and its rising prices have seriously affected many major construction works.  The huge demand for sand and its rising prices have seriously affected many major construction works such as the Trung Luong – My Thuan (in Tien Giang Province) Highway, A section of National Highway No 60 in Ben Tre Province and the Lo Te - Rach Soi Road in Kien Giang Province. The contractors of these works said the rising sand prices have caused construction costs to balloon and even the suspension of some of them. Speaking at a recent conference on investment in infrastructure development in the Mekong Delta, Dung called on the ministry to co-ordinate with provincial authorities to improve management of sand mining in rivers, estuaries and channels in the region. Sand exploitation must be linked with the protection of river banks and the coast from erosion, he said. He also instructed the ministry to co-operate with relevant agencies and find other materials to replace natural sand in transportation infrastructure projects in the country in general and in the Mekong Delta in particular. In…... [read more]

At the signing ceremony (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – A Japan-funded project on operating reservoirs in emergency and manage floods effectively using  a comprehensive disaster management platform was signed in the capital city of Hanoi on August 10.  Signatories were the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project has a total investment of over 18.2 million USD, including 16.65 million USD (1.8 billion JPY) of Japan’s official development assistance. It will be carried out in 36 months since the signing of the Grant Agreement (G/A) was signed. It aims to mitigate human and property losses caused by rains and floods, contributing to sustainable socio-economic development via establishing a framework on operating reservoirs in emergency, developing a forecast system, and warning vulnerable areas along the Huong River in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue. The outcomes of the project will be applied for other river basins across the nation.  Addressing the signing ceremony, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang said the ministry and JICA have piloted the development of flood management plans for Huong River’s basin. He expressed his hope that the project will not only supply equipment for forecasting and warning floods in Huong River’s basin, but also open up a new approach in terms of technology and flood prevention methods. Fujita Yasuo, Chief Representative of JICA Vietnam, suggested the ministry allocate sufficient budget to facilitate the implementation of…... [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]

VietNamNet Bridge – The environment ministry has agreed not to dump nearly one million cubic metre of waste mud discarded by a power plant into Binh Thuan Province’s sea following public outcry against the plan. Hon Cau marine protected area in Tuy Phong District, central province of Binh Thuan. The environment ministry has agreed not to dump nearly one million cubic metre of waste mud discarded by Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant into the sea area.  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Ministry reported on Wednesday that it approved a proposal by Binh Thuan authorities in which the mud and waste sand of Vinh Tan 1 thermal power plant would be dumped at Vinh Tan Port instead of the sea. Vinh Tan Port was previously picked as a landfill for the waste mud dredged by the Vinh Tan 4 thermal power plant. The ministry’s original decision still had to await final approval of the Government. The environment ministry’s u-turn came following pressure from the public and the scientific community as the news broke in June.  The Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister Nguyen Linh Ngoc on June 23 agreed to allow Vinh Tan 1 Electricity Company, which is in charge of the power plant of the same name, to dump 918,533 cubic metres of dredged mud and sand into the sea in Tuy Phong District. The sea area in question, however, was located adjacent to Hon Cau marine protected area in Tuy Phong. It is one of 16…... [read more]




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