Vietnam, Laos Parties share experience in sustainable development

After Cholimex chili sauce and tomato sauce were shelved at British Marks & Spencer supermarket, many foreign partners have come to cooperate with the company. So far, the company’s products have been present in over 30 markets in the world including Britain, France and Germany. That is because Cholimex Food, headquartered in Vinh Loc industrial park, Binh Chanh, has produced products according to the world’s standards. Supermarkets and retail systems in developed countries have their own quality management system. If the company had not created products meeting their standards, they would have not entered these supermarkets. In addition, the company has developed material zones meeting international standards in accordance with foreign partners’ requirement. Tomato sauce must be made from tomato, fish sauce must be produced from fish and chili sauce must be made from chili. The company has paid attention to business ethic and social responsibility. Mr. Diep Nam Hai, director general of Cholimex Food, affirmed that the company has spent much on workers’ wage and insurance as well as environmental protection to create a solid premise for its products to reach out to the world. Cholimex Food has completed a quality management system under international standards and hired foreign audit firms to estimate the system annually. Information about Cholimex products are transparent globally. The company has also met standards of Sedex, a global not-for-profit membership organization. “Don’t be clever in a petty way if you want to grow up in strength,” is Cholimex Food’s…... [read more]

As the demand for imported beef soars, Australian exporters are strengthening their market share in Viet Nam, but the situation is fraught with risk, experts say. A Dau tu (Investment Review) newspaper report says Viet Nam has become one of the largest importers of Australian cattle. In 2016, Viet Nam ranked fourth among 32 countries importing Australian cattle. The report quoted Tong Xuan Chinh, deputy head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Husbandry Department, as saying Viet Nam began importing Australian cattle in 2010. In 2012, Viet Nam had just four enterprises importing Australian cows but by 2015, the number had risen to several dozen with a total of 360,000 heads of cattle imported. Vietnamese businesses are now rushing to import Australian cows and fattening them for sale to slaughterhouses. As a result, inventories of live cattle have swelled significantly. The inventory of Australian live cattle in 2015 was estimated at 100,000 heads due to oversupply, Chinh told Dau tu, adding that in 2016, imports of cattle from Australia to Viet Nam slowed dramatically as feedlot operators moved to lower their inventories. Before 2010, Australian cattle exporters were not aware of the attractive Vietnamese market. Their main partner at the time was Indonesia, importing nearly 1 million cows from Australia per year, said Luong Minh Tung, Chairman of Yen Phu Beef and Dairy Cattle Breeding JSC. in Ninh Binh Province. In 2011, the Australian government issued a ban on cow exports to Indonesia after reports surfaced about…... [read more]

As the demand for imported beef soars, Australian exporters are strengthening their market share in Viet Nam, but the situation is fraught with risk. — Photo doanhnghiepvn.vn As the demand for imported beef soars, Australian exporters are strengthening their market share in Viet Nam, but the situation is fraught with risk, experts say. A Dau tu (Investment Review) newspaper report says Viet Nam has become one of the largest importers of Australian cattle. In 2016, Viet Nam ranked fourth among 32 countries importing Australian cattle. The report quoted Tong Xuan Chinh, deputy head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Husbandry Department, as saying Viet Nam began importing Australian cattle in 2010. In 2012, Viet Nam had just four enterprises importing Australian cows but by 2015, the number had risen to several dozen with a total of 360,000 heads of cattle imported. Vietnamese businesses are now rushing to import Australian cows and fattening them for sale to slaughterhouses. As a result, inventories of live cattle have swelled significantly. The inventory of Australian live cattle in 2015 was estimated at 100,000 heads due to oversupply, Chinh told Dau tu, adding that in 2016, imports of cattle from Australia to Viet Nam slowed dramatically as feedlot operators moved to lower their inventories. Before 2010, Australian cattle exporters were not aware of the attractive Vietnamese market. Their main partner at the time was Indonesia, importing nearly 1 million cows from Australia per…... [read more]

To many people, the Mekong Delta means waterways and rice fields, but this southern land has more than that, like this unique lake on top of a hill in Tri Ton District, An Giang Province. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tuyet From Tri Ton Town in the eponymous district,  you can travel to Ta Na Hill following the blue road on Google Maps, or you can start from Tri Ton Market and ask locals the way to Ta Pa Pagoda, which is 400 meters from the hill. Locals in An Giang are friendly and you can ask for help whenever you get lost, but keep in mind that they don’t speak much English. Photo by VnExpress/Hachi8 Ta Na Hill used to stand 120 meters high, but mining has reduced it to 45 meters and created the hollow for the beautiful lake. You can drive motorbikes up the hill and take a tent for an overnight camping trip. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tuyet Rock formations surround the lake, and local children like to jump of them into the jade water. Photo by VnExpress/Vuong Manh This is the view from the top of Ta Pa Hill: paddy fields and trees. Photo by VnExpress/Hachi 8 Make some time to visit the Tra Su cajuput forest, which is flooded all year round. You can take a boat ride through the forest along canals covered with green water-ferns in Tinh Bien District. Photo by VnExpress/Phan Loc An Giang has many specialties that are not to be missed like this hotpot with sesbania sesban flowers, water lily and…... [read more]

The company, which boasts an annual growth rate of 30 per cent in recent years, is also one of the first safe food retailers in Vietnam that applies information technology to check the origin of foods. According to BigGreen’s CEO Nguyen Tien Hung, he initiated the idea to establish BigGreen in 2009, at a time when the perception of safe and hygienic food was still little known while food safety problems were rising. Hung (second right) went to several farms in the provinces of Phu Tho, Hoa Binh and Ha Nam to find suppliers of safe food. During the trips, he realised that besides safe food, there are many specialities in each area that could be sold in Hanoi.  From several suppliers at the beginning, BigGreen now has hundreds of suppliers nationwide with over 1,000 products. BigGreen is a trusted safe food and specialities retailer in Hanoi.  Hung went to several farms in the provinces of Phu Tho, Hoa Binh and Ha Nam to find suppliers of safe food. During the trips, he realised that besides safe food, there are many specialities in each area that could be sold in Hanoi. Hung then established BigGreen with an eye to becoming a trusted safe food and specialities retailer in Hanoi. From several suppliers at the beginning, now BigGreen now has hundreds of suppliers nationwide with over 1,000 products. They are…... [read more]

Vietnam needs to develop a legal framework and feasible roadmap to turn its wind energy potential into reality, which will help to meet the country’s rapidly rising electricity demand, experts have said. Vietnam needs to develop a legal framework and feasible roadmap to turn its wind energy potential into reality, which will help to meet the country’s rapidly rising electricity demand.  Tobias Cossen, head of GIZ’s project on supporting the up-scaling of wind power said that Việt Nam has great potential to develop wind power as the country possesses around 3,000 km of coastline with excellent wind conditions. The Vietnamese government has approved several programmes to encourage the development of renewable energy in the country. As many as five wind farms with total capacity of almost 200MW are currently in operation. More than 50 other projects are in the construction and planning phase. However, a number of regulatory and market barriers as well as the lack of capacity have been identified as obstacles for investors in wind projects, according to Cossen. Specifically, the major challenge for wind power investment is the Feed in Tariff (Fit) of 7.8 US cent/kWh, which is too low for investors to overcome the perceived risks for wind power development. “We all understand that the overall wind power market development and whether the government target for wind energy by 2020 could be reached or not highly depend on the level of FiT. Only with adjustments to a new FiT can the government target of 800MW by…... [read more]

Farmers in the Mekong Delta are growing a Japanese rice variety without approval from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, leading to a possible oversupply in the market. A flower path at the edge of rice fields in Kiên Giang Province. - VNS File Photo Though the rice variety has been approved for use in the Red River Delta and northern midlands, its cultivation on vast areas in the Delta is expected to lead to a surplus, according to authorities. In the Mekong province of Kiên Giang, cultivation of the rice has continued to expand despite warnings from officials. Kiên Giang farmers are growing the rice variety on nearly 43,000ha of fields, mainly in the districts of Kiên Lương, Hòn Đất and Giang Thành, according to the National Statistics Bureau. Đỗ Lê Hữu, a farmer from Kiên Giang Province’s Hòn Đất District, said the Japanese rice variety produced higher yields than traditional varieties. “I’ve signed sales contracts for our rice, so I’m not worried about sales,” Hữu said, adding that traditional rice varieties were sold via middlemen at unstable prices, and the traditional rice was often difficult to sell. Another farmer from Hòn Đất District, who declined to be named, said he had signed a contract with a company in Tri Tôn District to grow Japanese rice on 12ha of fields and to sell undried paddy for VNĐ5,000 per kilo. …... [read more]

A depression forming in the East Vietnam Sea is expected to evolve into a storm as it picks up strength en route toward Taiwan and mainland China. The low-pressure system was located some 470 kilometers northeast of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on Thursday night, packing winds at 40 to 50km per hour and squalls at 60 to 70km an hour, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported. The tropical depression is forecast to move 570 kilometers southeast of Hoang Sa on Friday night as it creeps northeast at five km per hour with projected winds at between 40 and 60km an hour and squalls at up to 88km per hour. According to Tran Quang Nang, an official from the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, the tropical depression has, so far, mainly affected weather patterns at sea. Rain and strong winds are expected in the areas in the northern part of the East Vietnam Sea and the maritime region stretching from the south-central province of Binh Thuan to the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau. Over the next couple of days, a heatwave will smother provinces in northern Vietnam with temperatures from 33 to 36 degrees Celsius, Nang said. Meanwhile, rain will continue to fall in the Central Highlands and southern regions, mostly during evenings and nights, the weather pundit added. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! ... [read more]

Child sex abuse cases in Vietnam are on the rise, and thousands of victims have stepped forward in recent years, a new report shows. The Ministry of Public Security released a report on Friday saying it had records of more than 4,100 child sex abuse cases from 2014 and 2016, and hundreds of the victims were less than six years old. The report also said that more than 80 percent of the victims were girls, and around 11 percent of them were street children. During the first six months of this year, another 696 child sex abuse cases were reported, the ministry said. The figures translate into 1,300-1,400 cases of child abuse a year, 30-40 percent higher than between 2011 and 2015, according to a report from 2016. Those at the highest risk live in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Tay Ninh Province and the Mekong Delta’s Kien Giang Province, the ministry said. Officials said child abuse in Vietnam is getting worse, and even teachers are taking advantage of the kids they are entrusted and paid to chaperone. The perverts are usually those who have a close relationship with their victims, such as family members, teachers and neighbors. Nguyen Huu Su, deputy chief of the crime division at the ministry, said that fighting child sexual abuse is difficult due to the nature of the crime. Most of the abuse goes unnoticed, he said. Many victims are both too young and shocked to provide precise and consistent statements, he added.…... [read more]

Located in the wetlands of the Plain of Reeds in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Đồng Tháp, Tràm Chim National Park is known for its spectacular diversity of bird species, attracting bird-watchers year-round. Conservation efforts: Grey Heron can be found year-round in Tràm Chim National Park. - VNS Photo Nguyễn Tiến Lễ Local farmers named the park Tràm Chim due to the great number of cajeput (tràm) trees and birds (chim). The 7,300ha park, flooded for half a year and dry for the other half, is home to more than 100 vertebrate species, 40 species of fish, and 213 species of water birds, including 16 rare birds like the Sarus crane, the greater adjutant, black-headed ibis, darter, and little egret. Nguyễn Thế Hạnh, vice director of the national park, said that thousands of Asian openbill storks, which were given priority for preservation, have flocked to the park. The park has a good environment for birds, containing a level of water conducive to the development of flora and aquatic creatures. Thanks to its diversity of bird species, the park holds bird-watching tours, attracting a great number of visitors. The number of visitors exceeded 60,000 in 2014, a five-fold increase compared to 2012, when it was recognised as Việt Nam’s fourth site under the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance. In the first half of the year, the park welcomed…... [read more]




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