Two Hanoi districts recognised as new-style rural areas

Truong Sa street in Dong Anh district (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi’s Dan Phuong and Dong Anh districts have been recognised as new-style rural areas, the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development reported on August 8. Tranh Tri and Hoai Duc districts have also submitted dossiers for the recognition of new-style rural area title, according to the department. As of July 2017, Hanoi has 255 out of 386 communes fulfilling all 19 criteria of the new-style rural building programme. Among the remaining 131 communes, 93 have completed 15-18 criteria and 38 others have achieved 10-14 criteria. Fifty two communes plan to complete the programme in 2017. Chu Phu My, Director of the department said that the biggest difficulty in implementing the programme is criteria for infrastructure and schools, especially in remote areas such as Phu Xuyen, My Duc and Ung Hoa districts. Clean water standards are another challenge for the city as only 39 percent of locals in Hanoi have access to clean water. At the same time, the national criteria for new-style rural areas in 2016-2020 are higher than old ones, making it difficult for the city in areas of uneven development. In the rest of the year, the city will continue with communication campaigns to raise public awareness of the significance of building new-style rural areas, said My. The city will also try to attract more social investment to agriculture and rural development, while increasing the use of…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi’s agricultural sector has faced many challenges due to climate changes and a reduction in agricultural land. A farmer works on her garden in Thuong Tin District, Ha Noi.  In Chuong My District’s Nam Phuong Tien Commune, about 20 ha of vegetables have been planted this season, but prolonged torrential rains and hot weather recently severely damaged the vegetables, said chairman of the commune People’s Committee Nguyen Chien Thang. Dang Huu Hung, a local farmer, said he was worried about his pomelo garden after the historically hot weather hit the city in June, the time his pomelo trees were about to blossom. He said he was deeply concerned about his pomelo crop this year. In Dan Phuong District’s Ha Mo Commune, dozens of ha of flowers were also affected by hot weather and prolonged torrential rains, Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper reported. Nguyen Dang Tien, a lily grower said he earned hundreds of millions of dong from his lily field in previous years. But this year, there was no profit. Head of Cultivation Office under the Ha Noi’s Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Thi Thoa said besides the weather, the city’s cultivation sector also suffered from a reduction in agricultural land due to rapid urbanisation. Data from the department found that there 2,550 ha of agricultural land in the city was lost since this spring crop season due to urbanisation, she added. Solutions Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, said local…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - This information was announced by Tran Viet Hung - Deputy General Director of VietRap commercial and investment Joint stock Company, which opens up good signals for Hanoi agriculture. Deputy General Director Tran Viet Hung said that with the connection of Agriculture Trade Promotion Center in Hanoi in 2016, VietRap has been parallel with the local agricultural sector so far to be available in some provinces such as Ninh Binh, Ha Nam, Yen Bai, Hai Duong ... Thereby, the company has brought safety aquaculture and agriculture products from these areas back to Hanoi consumers and even export overseas. Among the exported agriculture foods of the company, a wide variety range of agriculture foods such as vegetables, cabbage, carrots deprives from Hanoi. "Previously, we considered that agricultural products in Hanoi lack of advantages compared to other provinces, however, we now can export cabbage, carrots originated from Hanoi to Korea" - Hung said . Reportedly, cabbage, carrots exported by VietRap deprive from safety vegetable growing area in Dang Xa, Gia Lam district. Dang Xa commune plans to have five concentrated growing areas of vegetables and fruits with a total of 140 hectare, of which, 117 hectares are certificated as safety areas by Hanoi’s authority. Another delighted news for Hanoi agricultural sector is that more than 10 tons of late ripe longan originated from Quoc Oai and Hoai Duc districts has been exported to Malaysia by the Tien bo AIC joint stock Company in 2016. Quite a large number of other…... [read more]

High-quality flower farming has helped farmers in Hanoi’s suburban districts become more prosperous in recent years, said the municipal Agriculture and Rural Development Department Director Chu Phu My. My said that since the city’s project on flower and ornamental plants farming was implemented in 2012, high-quality flower zones had been formed, including 170ha of roses in Me Linh district’s Van Khe commune, 20ha of peach in Long Bien district, orchid and lily farms in districts of Dan Phuong, Chuong My, Hoai Duc, Quoc Oai and Phuc Tho. The high-quality flowers helped growers earn profits up to ten times higher than from normal flowers, he said. Nguyen Van Suot, a gardener in Tay Tuu commune, Bac Tu Liem district, said his family earned more than VND 50 million (USD 2,200) yearly from 1,000sq.m of lilies. He hired ten people to work on his farm, paying each about VND 3 million (USD 135) monthly, he said. Vice Chairman of the Tay Tuu communal People’s Committee Bui Trung Hoa said that flowers helped local farmers earn on average VND 550 million (USD 24,700) per hectare, much more than rice cultivation. Nguyen The Do Cuong, a gardener in Huong Ngai commune, Thach That district said that he earned billions of Vietnamese dong each year from forest orchids. With assistance from the Hanoi Agriculture Promotion Centre, Cuong raised hundreds of orchids which were grown around the year, generating a stable income for his family, he said. However, the agriculture official My said that most flower…... [read more]

Hanoi will export agricultural products to Japan and Malaysia, under recently signed Memoranda of Understanding. The MoUs were signed on January 14 between Director of the Municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Chu Phu My, representatives from Malaysian Fresh Farm SDN BHD and representatives from the Japanese Meika Shoji. According to the documents, the sides agreed to enhance cooperation to help Hanoi export fruit to Malaysia and Japan. The Japanese group committed to transferring technologies for all stages, from production and harvest to post-harvest preservation. It will also provide relevant information about the Japanese market and its regulations for Hanoi. Source: VNA... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - On the afternoon of January 14, authorized by the Hanoi People`s Committee, Director of DARD Chu Phu My and representatives from corporations of Meika Soji (Japan) and Supreme Fresh Farm SDN BHD companies (Malaysia) signed MoU on the supply and export of agricultural products from Hanoi to markets in Japan, Malaysia and European countries. Vice Chairman Nguyen Van Suu, and representatives of departments and agencies, enterprises attended. According to the minutes between Hanoi and Japanese businesses, the two sides will target construction value chain of international standards for product: Canh orange and grapefruit. Forms of cooperation, co-production support and business products. Representative from Meika Soji said that it is Japan's leading enterprises for agricultural products import and export and have many friends in the world imports. For businesses Malaysia, the content of cooperation with Hanoi: importing fresh products of Hanoi has an advantage in the Malaysian market, primarily at Canh orange, pomelo, longan, very popular in the Malaysian market. However, according to company's representatives, to cooperate, requiring Hanoi to provide data volume, product supply (time, seasons, etc.), based on which to build the import contract, exports of fresh fruit market in Hanoi is not only Malaysia, but to your agricultural imports in the water company in the region and around the world. City Vice Chairman affirmed that the City will create favorable conditions for foreign businesses to invest in these areas, while requesting the Japanese and Malaysian enterprises to focus on technology transfer, product chain to consume,…... [read more]

(VOV) - Hanoi will export more farm products including fresh oranges, pomeloes and longans to Malaysia and Japan in the coming time. The information was released from a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in Hanoi on January 14 by the Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and Malaysian Fresh Farm SDN BHD and Japanese Meika Shoji group. Under the MoU, Meika Shoji will transfer planting, harvesting, processing and preservation technologies to DARD, and provide it with information of the demanding Japanese market, legal regulations, prices and special market features. Meanwhile, Fresh Farm SDN BHD promised to supply a set of product standards, and the planting, harvesting and preservation process and to organize the export and distribution of Hanoi’s products in Malaysia. DARD Director Chu Phu My said Hanoi desires to cooperate with foreign companies to introduce its farm products to world customers.... [read more]

Deputy PM urges fire safety for high-rises The government has paid attention to and issued documents on fire prevention and safety to strengthen the capacity of buildings, however, the implementation process has shown drawbacks, said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai during a meeting with sectors and provinces on Thursday. The meeting aimed at reviewing and promoting fire prevention and control as well as safety in the capacity of apartments and old public buildings in urban areas. According to the Department of Fire Prevention and Control, Rescue and Salvage under Public Security Ministry, among 2,600 blazes this year until now, sixteen cases occurred at high-rises, causing over VND10 billion (US $455,000) of property losses. The fire's cause is due to loose management of local authorities in construction and fire prevention control. The punishments for violations in fire prevention have not been focused, leading to long-lasting violations, Major General Doan Viet Manh, the department's director, said. Regarding inspections on the capacity of houses and old and dangerous public buildings in the cities, a report of the Construction Ministry shows that a lot of high-rises and public buildings, which were built long ago and are out of date, have degraded in quality and need their safety evaluated. More than 3,000sq.m of old apartments across the country were built before 1994 with over 100,000 residents living in, the report reveals. During the discussion, the participants shared a common issue in which buildings' quality does not meet requirements on fire and strength bearing capacities.…... [read more]

Farmers in Thuong Tin District, Ha Noi plough soil in preparation for the spring rice crop. The capital will implement a programme to apply technology in the agriculture sector from 2016 to 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue... [read more]

In recent years, Hanoi’s agricultural sector has made positive changes in its production, since it implemented successfully the emergence of farms instead of small fields which is linked to the forming of specialised production zones; and investment in upgrading the irrigation network including dykes and dams, and inter-field transport roads. Re-zoning the fields has provided favorable conditions for localities to build various models of commodity-oriented agricultural production and the application of mechanisation. The application of advanced techniques on strains and farming, and promotion of restructuring the growing of plants and raising animals, establishment of concentrated zones for commodity production -- all have made a firm foundation for the capital city to develop high-tech agriculture. Nguyen Duc Thang in Kim An Commune (Thanh Oai District, Hanoi) grows fruit trees such as orange and Dien pomelo according to VietGap standards, earning hundreds of millions dong per year. Photo: Dinh Hue/VNA Tissue culture is widely applied in flower cultivation in Phung Town (Dan Phuong District, Hanoi), bringing high economic value. Photo: Dinh Hue/VNA Hanoi is enhancing field re-zoning and agriculture mechanising. Photo: Hoang Ha/VNP Applying advanced technology to flower growing provides farmers in Yen So Commune (Hoai Duc District, Hanoi) with a high income. Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP Hanoi has re-planned fields and supported localities to build agricultural production models with commodity and mechanisation orientation. Photo: Hoang Ha/VNP Cultivating safe rice and vegetables in Van Noi Commune (Dong Anh District, Hanoi). Photo: Hoang Ha/VNP Farmers and Hanoi agriculture sector’s officials are introduced to…... [read more]

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