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As the U.S. growing season entered its peak this summer, farmers began posting startling pictures on social media: fields of beans, peach orchards and vegetable gardens withering away. John Weiss looks over his crop of soybeans, which he had reported to the state board for showing signs of damage due to the drifting of Monsanto's pesticide Dicamba, at his farm in Dell, Arkansas, U.S. July 25, 2017. The photographs served as early warnings of a crisis that has damaged millions of acres of farmland. New versions of the herbicide dicamba developed by Monsanto and BASF, according to farmers, have drifted across fields to crops unable to withstand it, a charge authorities are investigating. As the crisis intensifies, new details provided to Reuters by independent researchers and regulators, and previously unreported testimony by a company employee, demonstrate the unusual way Monsanto introduced its product. The approach, in which Monsanto prevented key independent testing of its product, went unchallenged by the Environmental Protection Agency and nearly every state regulator. Typically, when a company develops a new agricultural product, it commissions its own tests and shares the results and data with regulators. It also provides product samples to universities for additional scrutiny. Regulators and university researchers then work together to determine the safety of the product. In this case, Monsanto denied requests by university researchers to study its XtendiMax with VaporGrip for volatility - a measure of its tendency to vaporize and drift across fields. The researchers interviewed by Reuters - Jason Norsworthy…... [read more]

Quang Nam, August 8 (VNA) - Quang Nam province has put into operation Chu Lai Port as a key logistics hub for the central and Central Highlands region after a one-year upgrade and expansion.  The project carried out by Truong Hai Auto Corporation (THACO) included the expansion of the berth upstream, the expansion and upgrading of the warehouse system and the completion of infrastructure, said Tran Huu Hoang, Director of THACO Logistics Co., Ltd and Director of Chu Lai Port.  The project cost 120 billion VND (5.2 million USD), raising the level of investment to build the Chu Lai Port from 2010 to the present to nearly 800 billion VND, he said.  “The port hosted 150 cargo ships with a total 600,000 tonnes of cargo including 23,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in the first six months this year,” said Hoang.  Extended by 171 metres upstream, the Chu Lai berth measures nearly 500 metres, with a depth alongside berth of -9.5 metres capable of receiving three vessels of 20,000 tonnes at the same time. These include general cargo ships and liquid cargo ships. Before the upgrade the berth could only receive two 20,000-tonne vessels.  The warehouse and workshop system has been expanded from 71,040 square metres (2016) to 91,200, including bonded warehouses (57,600 square metres), warehouses (13,440 square metres), unpackaged cargo inspection workshops (20,160 square metres), among which the unpackaged cargo inspection workshop is an entirely new facility put into operation in early 2017.  …... [read more]

Real estate developer Phu My Hung Development Corporation will host a green farm day this weekend at the Crescent area in Phu My Hung City Centre in District 7. —  VNS Photo Real estate developer Phu My Hung Development Corporation will host a green farm day this weekend at the Crescent area in Phú Mỹ Hưng City Centre in District 7. The company said this would be its second public event organised to promote a green healthy lifestyle for residents and others living in surrounding areas. Visitors will have a chance to enjoy green products and learn about green farming methods that can be used at home. — VNS Photo The two-day festival will display green production models with many agricultural products and goods from famous brands like Vinamilk, Cau Dat Farm, Fresh from Farm, Dalatecofarm, Biogarten, the Fruit Republic, Smoothie Factory and Scentuals. Visitors will have a chance to enjoy green products and learn about green farming methods that can be used at home. A playground for kids to make friends and learn about farming will also be available. Besides a lucky draw for visitors, the festival will include a competition on vegetables as well as a decorative straw corner. Anyone wanting to join the competition can register until Aug 11. — VNS ... [read more]

A view of Chu Lai Port in the central province of Quang Nam (Photo: VNA) Quang Nam (VNA) - Quang Nam province has put into operation Chu Lai Port as a key logistics hub for the central and Central Highlands region after a one-year upgrade and expansion. The project carried out by Truong Hai Auto Corporation (THACO) included the expansion of the berth upstream, the expansion and upgrading of the warehouse system and the completion of infrastructure, said Tran Huu Hoang, Director of THACO Logistics Co., Ltd and Director of Chu Lai Port. The project cost 120 billion VND (5.2 million USD), raising the level of investment to build the Chu Lai Port from 2010 to the present to nearly 800 billion VND, he said. “The port hosted 150 cargo ships with a total 600,000 tonnes of cargo including 23,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in the first six months this year,” said Hoang. Extended by 171 metres upstream, the Chu Lai berth measures nearly 500 metres, with a depth alongside berth of -9.5 metres capable of receiving three vessels of 20,000 tonnes at the same time. These include general cargo ships and liquid cargo ships. Before the upgrade the berth could only receive two 20,000-tonne vessels. The warehouse and workshop system has been expanded from 71,040 square metres (2016) to 91,200, including bonded warehouses (57,600 square metres), warehouses (13,440 square metres), unpackaged cargo inspection workshops (20,160 square metres), among which the unpackaged cargo inspection …... [read more]

A view of Chu Lai Port in the central province of Quang Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Tinh Quang Nam Province has put into operation the Chu Lai Port as a key logistics hub for the central and Central Highlands region after a one-year upgrade and expansion. The project carried out by the Truong Hai Auto Corporation (THACO) included the expansion of the berth upstream, the expansion and upgrading of the warehouse system and the completion of infrastructure, Tran Huu Hoang, Director of THACO Logistics Co., Ltd and Director of Chu Lai Port told Viet Nam News. The project cost VND120 billion (US$5.2 million), raising the level of investment to build Chu Lai Port from 2010 to the present to nearly VND800 billion, he said. “The port hosted 150 cargo ships with a total 600,000 tonnes of cargo including 23,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in the first six months this year,” said Hoang. Extended by 171 metres upstream, the Chu Lai berth measures nearly 500 metres, with a depth alongside berth of -9.5 metres capable of receiving three vessels of 20,000 tonnes at the same time. These include general cargo ships and liquid cargo ships. Before the upgrade the berth could only receive two 20,000- tonne vessels. The warehouse and workshop system has been expanded from 71,040 square metres (2016) to 91,200, including bonded warehouses (57,600 square metres), warehouses (13,440 square metres), unpackaged cargo inspection workshops (20,160 square metres), among which…... [read more]

The European Committee has sought new markets for its agricultural products. Export has played a more important position in EU agriculture. In the future demand for agricultural products in the EU will be stable, while the demand in Asia, Africa, and Latin America will rise due to population increase and changes in the consumption habit of the middle class.  EU officials say China, the US, Switzerland, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are lucrative markets for EU farm produce.  Last year exports of dairy products to China, Japan, and the Middle-East countries increased sharply. Some markets have lifted import limits regulations for certain kinds of meat from the EU. The Statistical Office of the European Communities said that the export of processed agricultural products reached 130.7 billion euros in 2016. Olive oil, wine, and fresh vegetables have been export staples.  In 2015 the EU was the world’s first agricultural producer with agricultural produce export of 129 billion euros and a net trade surplus of 16 billion euros.   The latest figures show that gains came mainly from Asia: the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. EU countries have focused on geographical indication to promote production and protect its typical products.  Marc Vanheukelen, Ambassador of the European Union to the World Trade Organization, said demand in new emerging economies has increased due to population growth and the middle class preferring high-quality products made in EU countries.  Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of…... [read more]

NDO – With an additional investment of VND120 billion, Chu Lai port is aiming to develop a logistics centre in the central key economic region. According to information from the Office of Quang Nam People's Committee on August 5, after nearly one year of construction which began in August of last year, the project to expand Chu Lai port in Chu Lai open economic zone (Quang Nam) has been completed. Invested by Chu Lai - Truong Hai Port Limited Company, the project includes expanding the wharf toward the upstream; expanding and upgrading the warehouse system and facilitating infrastructural development. With a total cost of VND120 billion, the project contributes to raising total investment in building Chu Lai port since 2010 to nearly VND800 billion, targeting to improve the capacity of its logistics service chain and build the port into a logistics centre. With 171m further extended towards the upstream, the Chu Lai wharf now has a total length of nearly 500m, with the depth in front of the berth at 9.5m, capable of receiving three vessels at the same time with tonnage ranging to 20,000 tonnes, including general cargo ships and liquid ones (previously a maximum of two vessels of 20,000 tonnes was the total allotted capacity). Warehouse and workshop system has been expanded from 71,040m2 in 2016 to 91,200m2, including bonded warehouse (57,600m2), warehouse (13,440m2) and inspection workshop (20,160m2), in which the workshop is an entirely new item that have been put into operation in…... [read more]

The project approved by the PM hopes to raise the added value of major export products by 20 percent compared to the current number and strive for cargo export growth rate of 8 percent a year in the phase of 2016-2020. Priority will be given to improving the competitiveness of products earning the most money, comprising agricultural and seafood items such as rice, coffee, rubber and peppercorn; industrial products namely garment and textile, footwear, wooden items, phones and accessories, computes, electronic items and components. Products that will have export strength such as garment and textile materials, leather and shoes, plastics and plastic products, fertilizers and chemicals are also among commodities that will be given the priority of the competitiveness improvement. Major solutions to implement the project include production reorganization through transforming production and export modes. Of these, agricultural production will change from small into large scale while quality management will range from farming to transport, processing, preservation and consumption. Industrial production will convert from doing outwork into higher added value phases with goods value chains. In addition, the project will improve national competitiveness, production ability of export firms especially small and medium ones, goods and industry associations and facilitate businesses’ operation and reduce costs for them. By LAM NGUYEN - Translated by Hai Mien... [read more]

The project approved by the PM hopes to raise the added value of major export products by 20 percent compared to the current number and strive for cargo export growth rate of 8 percent a year in the phase of 2016-2020. Priority will be given to improving the competitiveness of products earning the most money, comprising agricultural and seafood items such as rice, coffee, rubber and peppercorn; industrial products namely garment and textile, footwear, wooden items, phones and accessories, computes, electronic items and components. Products that will have export strength such as garment and textile materials, leather and shoes, plastics and plastic products, fertilizers and chemicals are also among commodities that will be given the priority of the competitiveness improvement. Major solutions to implement the project include production reorganization through transforming production and export modes. Of these, agricultural production will change from small into large scale while quality management will range from farming to transport, processing, preservation and consumption. Industrial production will convert from doing outwork into higher added value phases with goods value chains. In addition, the project will improve national competitiveness, production ability of export firms especially small and medium ones, goods and industry associations and facilitate businesses’ operation and reduce costs for them. By LAM NGUYEN - Translated by Hai Mien... [read more]

Vingroup chairman Pham Nhat Vuong Pham Nhat Vuong VinGroup Pham Nhat Vuong is the founder and chairman of VinGroup, one of Viet Nam’s largest private business groups with a market capitalisation of nearly US$5 billion based on the company’s share price on the HCM Stock Exchange on July 28, 2017. Vuong was a rare Vietnamese entry in the Forbes list of the world’s billionaire in 2013 with total assets valued at $1.5 billion. His net assets were estimated at $2.4 billion on Forbes’ website as of July 28, 2017. With a stake of around 65 per cent in VinGroup, directly and indirectly through the Vietnam Investment Group, Vuong has been in the list of 10 richest people on the Vietnamese stock market for eight consecutive years. Born in 1968 in Ha Noi, Vuong studied in Moscow but started his business Technocom Group by making fast food in Ukraine, building a popular brand, ‘Mivina’ with annual sales of $150 million. He returned to Viet Nam in early 2000s and began investing in real estate at the time of ‘hot land fever’. In 2009, he sold his food company in Ukraine to Nestle and relocated his entire business to Viet Nam. He founded Vinpearl Land, focusing on hospitality and leisure in Nha Trang in 2001, and began developing commercial real estate under the brand name Vincom in Ha Noi in 2002. The Vincom Joint Stock Company (VinGroup) was established in May 2002…... [read more]




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