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NDO – A programme entitled ‘Safe Meals’ was launched in Hanoi on August 20 to raise public awareness of safer food for better health. The programme is held jointly by the Hanoi Union of Science and Technology Associations, Hanoi city Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, and Industry and Trade. In the first period, it was piloted in five apartment complexes in Hanoi before it is expanded to 30 complexes by 2020. The programme has so far attracted the participation of more than 200 production, processing and trading facilities of agro-forestry and fishery products in Hanoi. They are businesses that have succeeded in utilising advanced technologies in production. They have committed to providing customers with products at a stable price with adequate information of origin code and labels. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam expressed his appreciation towards the organisers for hosting the programme, which would help encourage the production and consumption of safe food. He stressed the need to strictly punish any act of manufacturing unsafe food, calling on businesses and localities to take practical actions to ensure food safety. He also asked for closer coordination among the State, scientists, journalists, businesses and customers in order to detect unsafe food and better the management of food quality.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Authorities in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang on Tuesday discovered a newly eroded area extending 270 metres along the Hau River on An Thanh Islet. Authorities in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang on Tuesday discovered a newly eroded area extending 270 metres along the Hau River on An Thanh Islet. — Photo tuoitre.vn The section, located in Cho Moi District’s Hoa An Commune, is near another eroded area of 2,000 square metres that fell into the river on August 10. The land was being used to grow flowers for Tet (Lunar New Year) next year. At least 19 erosion spots, covering a total length of 1,738 metres along the riverbank, have been detected, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Cho Moi People’s Committee has asked residents to move their flower plants out of the area. The erosion has affected 172 houses and caused 20 houses to collapse into the Hau River, with damage estimated at more than VND89 billion (US$3.9 million).  Source: VNS related news Mekong Delta struggles with erosion Serious erosion occurs in western coast of Kien Giang Mekong Delta blighted by riverbank erosion Ministry identifies eight causes behind landslides in Mekong Delta... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A massive influx of migrants from remote northern provinces to the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) region has put intense pressure on the local population and has hindered socio-economic development. The Ede ethnic minority in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. A massive influx of migrants from remote northern provinces to the Central Highlands region has put intense pressure on the local population and has hindered socio-economic development.  The Central Highlands is considered a promising destination for migrants because of favourable weather conditions and rich basalt soil. Such movement can be prompted by State policy or out of economic need. In Dak Nong Province, home to vast areas of land and forests, migrants move into natural and protected forests, encroaching on land for production or putting up tents illegally. Five years ago, some households moved into zones 1644 and 1645 of Hop Tien co-operative in Quang Son Commune, Dak Glong District to live and hunt. Now, up to 126 households are living in the area, causing increased damage to forest land. Nguyen Anh Duc, director of Hop Tien co-operative said that members of the households had damaged the vehicles of forest rangers and attacked them using homemade weapons, such as guns and spears. Faced with such an aggressive reaction, and severely outnumbered, forest rangers and local authorities felt the situation was hopeless. Meanwhile, in Dak Lak Province, local authorities are concerned about the pressure on the local population caused by free migration. During the 40 years from…... [read more]

The development of high-tech agriculture in Vietnam remains sluggish due to unplanned and small-scale production, and is not commensurate with the country’s comparative advantages and efforts. So far, only 28 enterprises nationwide have been recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as high-tech businesses. At a conference held yesterday by the (MARD) in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong’s Da Lat City, participants agreed that development of technology-based agriculture is essential for Vietnam’s agriculture sector to achieve greater value-added for export products, global competitiveness and consistently high quality. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said over the past three decades of renovation, Vietnam has become self-sufficient in food with an annual export of US$30 billion, providing livelihoods for 10 million rural households and contributing nearly 22% of the gross domestic product and 23-35% of exports.  However, the agricultural sector tends to grow slowly due to spontaneous and small-scale production, limited technological application in agro-forestry-fisheries enterprises, and impacts of climate change, environmental pollution and food hygiene, he said. The Government has adopted various policies to promote the development of high-tech agriculture. In 2012, for example, the Prime Minister issued Decision 1895 approving implementation of an agricultural development programme using high-tech applications. The programme aims to promote the development and effective application of high technology in the agricultural sector, contributing to the development of a large-scale, modern, and highly competitive and comprehensive agriculture model. It also targets an annual growth…... [read more]

The Ede ethnic minority in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - A massive influx of migrants from remote northern provinces to the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) region has put intense pressure on the local population and has hindered socio-economic development. The Central Highlands is considered a promising destination for migrants because of favourable weather conditions and rich basalt soil. Such movement can be prompted by State policy or out of economic need. In Dak Nong province, home to vast areas of land and forests, migrants move into natural and protected forests, encroaching on land for production or putting up tents illegally. Five years ago, some households moved into zones 1644 and 1645 of Hop Tien cooperative in Quang Son commune, Dak Glong district to live and hunt. Now, up to 126 households are living in the area, causing increased damage to forest land. Nguyen Anh Duc, director of Hop Tien cooperative said that members of the households had damaged the vehicles of forest rangers and attacked them using homemade weapons, such as guns and spears. Faced with such an aggressive reaction, and severely outnumbered, forest rangers and local authorities felt the situation was hopeless. Meanwhile, in Dak Lak province, local authorities are concerned about the pressure on the local population caused by free migration. During the 40 years from 1976 to 2016, more than 59,000 households with some 290,000 inhabitants of 60 provinces…... [read more]

So far, only 28 enterprises nationwide have been recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as high-tech businesses. At a conference held yesterday by the (MARD) in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong’s Da Lat City, participants agreed that development of technology-based agriculture is essential for Vietnam’s agriculture sector to achieve greater value-added for export products, global competitiveness and consistently high quality. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said over the past three decades of renovation, Vietnam has become self-sufficient in food with an annual export of US$30 billion, providing livelihoods for 10 million rural households and contributing nearly 22% of the gross domestic product and 23-35% of exports.  However, the agricultural sector tends to grow slowly due to spontaneous and small-scale production, limited technological application in agro-forestry-fisheries enterprises, and impacts of climate change, environmental pollution and food hygiene, he said. The Government has adopted various policies to promote the development of high-tech agriculture. In 2012, for example, the Prime Minister issued Decision 1895 approving implementation of an agricultural development programme using high-tech applications. The programme aims to promote the development and effective application of high technology in the agricultural sector, contributing to the development of a large-scale, modern, and highly competitive and comprehensive agriculture model. It also targets an annual growth rate of over 3.5% in the agricultural sector while ensuring national food security. In 2015, the PM…... [read more]

A farmer is harvesting hydroponic vegetables grown in a hothouse in Buon Ma Thuot City in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh The development of high-tech agriculture in Viet Nam remains sluggish due to unplanned and small-scale production, and is not commensurate with the country’s comparative advantages and efforts. So far, only 28 enterprises nationwide have been recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as high-tech businesses. At a conference held yesterday by the (MARD) in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong’s Da Lat City, participants agreed that development of technology-based agriculture is essential for Viet Nam’s agriculture sector to achieve greater value-added for export products, global competitiveness and consistently high quality. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said over the past three decades of renovation, Viet Nam has become self-sufficient in food with an annual export of US$30 billion, providing livelihoods for 10 million rural households and contributing nearly 22 per cent of the gross domestic product and 23-35 per cent of exports. However, the agricultural sector tends to grow slowly due to spontaneous and small-scale production, limited technological application in agro-forestry-fisheries enterprises, and impacts of climate change, environmental pollution and food hygiene, he said. The Government has adopted various policies to promote the development of high-tech agriculture. In 2012, for example, the Prime Minister issued Decision 1895 approving implementation of an agricultural…... [read more]

A massive influx of migrants from remote northern provinces to the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) region has put intense pressure on the local population and has hindered socio-economic development. The Ede ethnic minority in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. A massive influx of migrants from remote northern provinces to the Central Highlands region has put intense pressure on the local population and has hindered socio-economic development. The Central Highlands is considered a promising destination for migrants because of favourable weather conditions and rich basalt soil. Such movement can be prompted by State policy or out of economic need. In Dak Nong Province, home to vast areas of land and forests, migrants move into natural and protected forests, encroaching on land for production or putting up tents illegally. Five years ago, some households moved into zones 1644 and 1645 of Hop Tien co-operative in Quang Son Commune, Dak Glong District to live and hunt. Now, up to 126 households are living in the area, causing increased damage to forest land. Nguyen Anh Duc, director of Hop Tien co-operative said that members of the households had damaged the vehicles of forest rangers and attacked them using homemade weapons, such as guns and spears. Faced with such an aggressive reaction, and severely outnumbered, forest rangers and local authorities felt the situation was hopeless. Meanwhile, in Dak Lak Province, local authorities are concerned about…... [read more]

The development of high-tech agriculture in Viet Nam remains sluggish due to unplanned and small-scale production, and is not commensurate with the country’s comparative advantages and efforts. A farmer is harvesting hydroponic vegetables grown in a hothouse in Buon Ma Thuot City in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. - VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh So far, only 28 enterprises nationwide have been recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as high-tech businesses. At a conference held yesterday by the (MARD) in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong’s Da Lat City, participants agreed that development of technology-based agriculture is essential for Viet Nam’s agriculture sector to achieve greater value-added for export products, global competitiveness and consistently high quality. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said over the past three decades of renovation, Viet Nam has become self-sufficient in food with an annual export of US$30 billion, providing livelihoods for 10 million rural households and contributing nearly 22 per cent of the gross domestic product and 23-35 per cent of exports. However, the agricultural sector tends to grow slowly due to spontaneous and small-scale production, limited technological application in agro-forestry-fisheries enterprises, and impacts of climate change, environmental pollution and food hygiene, he said. The Government has adopted various policies to promote the development of high-tech agriculture. In 2012, for example, the Prime Minister…... [read more]

A section of Go Cong sea dike under reinforcement (Source: VNA) Tien Giang (VNA) - The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang will allocate more than 32 billion VND (1.4 million USD) to reinforce the Go Cong sea dike to protect coastal agricultural land and residential areas in 2017. The 831 metre-long section in Tan Dien commune, Go Cong Dong district is vulnerable to erosion, said Nguyen Thien Phap, head of the water resource management and flood and storm prevention division under the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Since 2006, sea water has invaded more than 500 hectares of land. Many sea dikes have been moved further inland. The province has undertaken numerous measures to protect the dike, including construction to reinforce it and planting protection forests, according to Phap. Since 1999, Tien Giang has invested more than 240 billion VND (10.56 million USD) in constructing and reinforcing more than 6,000 metres of dikes. From 2018 – 2020, Tien Giang needs to reinforce 3,340 more metres of dikes, including 1,460 metres in 2018 to protect the Go Cong sea dike from sea encroachment. The Go Cong sea dike is more than 21,000 metres long, protecting some 28,000 hectares of cultivation land in the coastal districts of Go Cong Dong, Go Cong Tay, Go Cong town and Cho Gao.-VNA  ... [read more]




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