Tien Giang develops hi-tech agricultural park

The southern province of Tiền Giang will invest VNĐ1.2 trillion (US$52.8 million) to build a high-tech agricultural park on a 197ha area in Tam Hiệp, Long Định and Tân Lập 1 communes in the 2017-30 period. Tiền Giang Province will invest VNĐ1.204 trillion to build a high-tech agricultural park in the 2017-30 period.-Photo doanhnhansaigon.vn This was stated by Lê Văn Hưởng, chairman of the People’s Committee. In the first phase from 2017 to 2020, the province will develop technical infrastructure and call on enterprises to invest capital in their high-tech agricultural projects on a 44ha area in the park. The phase needs total capital of VNĐ280 billion, including VNĐ21 billion from the provincial budget and the remaining from other resources, according to the provincial People’s Committee. Meanwhile, during the second phase from 2021 until 2030, Tiền Giang will expand the park by 153ha with total investment of VNĐ924 billion. This capital will be used to complete technical infrastructure, the administrative centre and areas for research, transfering high agriculture technology, training human resources and other services. The provincial Management Board of Industrial Zones will manage construction of the hi-tech industrial park in the first phase. The Management Board of the Tiền Giang Hi-tech Agricultural Park will be established in the second phase. Initially, Tiền Giang will give priority for completing construction of the infrastructure, especially a traffic system for the development of the park. …... [read more]

HÀ NỘI - Hà Nội is seeking ways to promote investments in high-tech agricultural production. Experts at a conference held here on Tuesday said the shortage of land, infrastructure, planning and policies as well as human resources were barriers to investments in this specialised sector. Nguyễn Thị Thoa, head of the plantation department of the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the capital city targeted raising the proportion of high-tech agricultural production from the current 25 per cent to 35 per cent of the sector's total production value by 2020. Businesses are still not very keen on investing in this model due to difficulties in accessing land, credit and modern techniques, while incentives were still beyond reach, Thoa said. Addressing land as the greatest problem affecting investment in such production, Võ Việt Dũng, chairman of Nam Hà Nội Food Processing Joint Stock Company, said the city should have a policy to develop land for this kind of agriculture. "Land is of great importance in encouraging firms to pour investment into agricultural production," Dũng said. Experts at the conference said that promoting the link between farmers and firms was critical. Đàm Quang Thắng, director of Agricare VN, said firms should coordinate with farmers to apply advanced technology to agricultural production. In addition, strong products should be selected to spearhead the project, Thắng said. "Hà Nội should have policies to encourage the development of the agricultural value chain to produce high value-added and competitive products," Bùi Lê Phong from Hà…... [read more]

PANO – The Ho Chi Minh City Investment and Trade Promotion Center (ITPC), in association with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the management board of HCM City's High-Tech Agricultural Park, on November 10 held a hi-tech agriculture and food industry fair (Hi-Tech Agro 2016) inthe Le Van Tam Park in HCM city. The fair showcases more than 300 booths displaying hi-tech farming models, bio-technology products, seedlings, fresh and processed farm produce and food, agricultural machines and equipment and so on. The fair drew the participations of enterprises from HCM City and other cities and provinces in the South, as well as universities, and research centers. The fair will conclude on November 14. Translated by Lam Anh... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City is expanding its High-Tech Agricultural Park to 570 hectares in 2020 and at the same time offering numerous preferential policies to attract investors in the park’s new facilities. The information was released at an investment promotion conference in the southern hub on November 11. According to Dinh Minh Hiep, head of the park’s management board, work is underway to build four new facilities, which, once finished, will add a total 482 hectares to the current high-tech farming area of 88 hectares. Among these projects are a 200-hectare hi-tech farm in Pham Van Coi commune, Cu Chi district, and a 170-hectare animal husbandry farm in Pham Van Hai commune, Binh Chanh district. A 89ha facility dedicated to aquaculture is being built in Long Hoa commune, Can Gio district, while a 23ha expansion is under way in Phuoc Vinh An commune, Cu Chi district. Investors in the expanded projects will benefit from not only State preferential policy but also specific incentives of the city, including the use of land and water surface free of charge for 11 years starting from the official date that a project become fully operational. Many of their outlay categories are subsidized, including the subsidisation of 70 percent of domestic labour-training and waste treatment costs as well as 50 percent of advertising and trade-fair participation expenses. The Ho Chi Minh High-Tech Agricultural Park began operational in 2010, with 11 demonstration cultivation models meeting international standards established. The park…... [read more]

LIST OF KEY NATIONAL PROJECTS IN THAI NGUYEN PROVINCE CALLING FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT TO 2020 I. Thai Nguyen tea material and processing project 1. Administrator: The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Thai Nguyen 2. Location: Agropark Yen Binh High-tech Agricultural Park and other localities in Thai Nguyen 3. Objectives: - Building international high-tech tea processing, research, reproduction and trading area; - Building tea culture showrooms and tea enjoyment areas - Planning and developing tea material areas: planting new high-yield tea varieties, ensuring stable supply of organic tea inputs - Producing and processing tea and related products for cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical sectors. 4. Scale: - Land area (ha): 245 - Investment capital (billion VND): 535 5. Investment form: - Joint venture - 100 per cent FDI; - Business cooperation contract (BCC); - Public - private partnership (PPP). II. Nui Coc Lake ecological tourism and amusement park project 1. Administrator: Nui Coc Lake Development Investment Joint Stock Company 2. Location: Phuc Tan commune, Pho Yen district and Phuc Triu commune, Thai Nguyen City 3. Objectives: - Tapping natural landscape values such as lakes, forests and villages in the planned area to build a resort to boost investment for local economic development; - Creating places of interest based on local ecosystems and landscapes; - Planning and protecting the environment, existing residential villages and tourist and housing projects; - Conserving forest and water ecologies - Conserving old residential neighbourhoods and developing new ones; - Developing recreational tourism - Developing hotels and…... [read more]

VN's coal imports doubled this year Việt Nam imported more than 9.7 million tonnes of coal valued at US$600 million over the past eight months, almost double the quantity in the same period last year, according to the latest statistics from the General Department of Customs. This was an increase of 191 per cent in volume and 107 per cent in value over the same period last year and triple the target set earlier this year by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The country imported an average of 1.2 million tonnes of coal, worth over $75 million each month, according to the data. Russia remained the biggest seller of coal to Việt Nam with 2.8 million tonnes. Indonesia ranked second with 1.8 million tonnes and China third with 1.4 million tonne. Typically, the coal imported from Russia costs Việt Nam only $63 per tonne, lower than Chinese coal at $71 per tonne. The period's high import volume was attributable to rising domestic demand, industry insiders said. Increases in coal imports are unavoidable as local coal output might not increase significantly, they added. According to a new master development plan for the coal sector by 2020 with a vision towards 2030, coal output will reach 47-50 million tonnes by 2020 and 55-57 million tonnes by 2030. But, domestic demand for coal would be double the local production output, around 112.3 million tonne by 2020 and 220.3 million by 2030. Earlier this month, the ministry said the Government would consider gradually…... [read more]

PM okays high-tech shrimp farming park in Bac Lieu Ngoc Hung HCMC – The Prime Minister has approved a project to open a high-tech agricultural park for shrimp farming in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu. The park is planned to cover 200 hectares in phase one and become the first of its kind in Vietnam. The Bac Lieu Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said the province has drawn up a high-tech shrimp farming project based on its strength in aquaculture after the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced a restructuring scheme for the agricultural sector. The province aims at developing advanced shrimp farming so that it would become a center of Vietnam’s shrimp industry. Three seafood enterprises in Bac Lieu were awarded certificates of high-tech agricultural application last year and the locality is the first in Vietnam to apply a super-intensive shrimp farming model to greenhouses with much higher output than conventional methods. This is the foundation for Bac Lieu to move on with the high-tech agricultural park project. According to the department, the province used nearly eight hectares of water surface for super-intensive shrimp farming last year with output five to 10 times higher than other farming methods. Average output of super-intensive shrimp farming is 40-50 tons per hectare per crop. The area under this farming model in Bac Lieu can reach more than 28 hectares this year with estimated output of about 2,540 tons per year. The agriculture ministry said Bac Lieu and Ca…... [read more]

New in-vitro seedling research center opens Ngoc Hung By Ngoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development last Saturday inaugurated an in-vitro seedling facility capable of supplying two million seedlings per year. Duong Hoa Xo, director of the HCMC Biotechnology Center assigned by the agriculture department to operate the new facility, said that apart from conducting biotech researches and multiplying flower seedlings by the in-vitro method, the new facility will also be the venue for preserving precious flower and pharmaceutical plants. The center is currently preserving 330 different strains of flowers and 90 types of pharmaceutical plants for future crossbreeding to create new high-yield hybrids resistant to pests, Xo said. Apart from the new facility, the HCMC High-Tech Agriculture Park is another venue in to the city conducting in-vitro researches and multiplying new plants, supplying the market with a huge amount of in-vitro products.... [read more]

(VOVworld) – A decade ago, Ho Chi Minh City set up a high-tech agriculture park to develop urban agriculture. HCMC is still leading the country in high-tech agriculture development. “Only 1% of Vietnam’s agricultural production facilities have applied high technologies and IT. The rest continue to use traditional technologies.” (Photo: vietnamplus.vn) Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s biggest economic hub. Each year municipal farm land loses 1,000 hectares due to urbanization. Shrinking farm land and the fact that 1.3 million farmers are still involved in agricultural production forced municipal authorities to establish a high-tech agriculture park. It took more than 6 years for the city to create the zone’s infrastructure and mobilize human resources. Tu Minh Thien, deputy head of the management board of the park, says 220 people are now working there, many of them experts with MA and PhD degrees. Thien explains further: “It is quite hard to find qualified people for the high-tech agriculture park. They must know how to use advanced technologies and equipment and adapt to new circumstances. Setting up laboratories needs to be coordinated with other activities in the park and with the staff’s expertise. We want the park to operate effectively to attract more investors.” The 88,000-hectare park has attracted 14 high-tech agriculture businesses with a total capital of almost 16 million USD. They focus on biotechnology, cultivation without using land, production of new varieties, preservation and processing, ornamental plants, mushrooms, and medicinal plants. Advanced technologies applied to production and processing include greenhouse…... [read more]

2016 Viet Nam National Branding week to take place next week The "2016 Viet Nam National Branding" week will take place from July 11 - 17 in Ha Noi, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT). The one-week fair is organised to boost the promotion of the Viet Nam National Branding Programme and support local enterprises. In the framework of the programme, a forum themed "National brand with local products" will take place at the International Convention Centre in Ha Noi on July 13. The forum is an opportunity for local enterprises to share about their typical brands to partners and enterprises. Enterprises are still allowed to register for the programme until July 8. Shakeup needed to promote exports to US: Minister Vietnamese exporters need a revolution to promote shipments to the fastidious US market, said Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh. Vietnamese enterprises should develop a food safety system to ensure high-quality products, Anh noted, adding that consultancy organisations should be established to support businesses in completing relevant exporting process and procedures. In a bid to get a foothold in the market, Vietnamese exporters must better their understanding of US partners, regulations and business practices, the minister highlighted. Statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) revealed that two-way trade in the first five months of this year hit 17.8 billion USD, with 14.6 billion USD from Vietnam's exports. As of May, the US was the 8 th largest investor of Vietnam with 809…... [read more]

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