Dong Thap hosts its first lotus festival

Exploring Dong Thap with Saigontourist By Dat Tien in HCMC Dong Thap is a popular destination for Saigonese due to its numerous attractions including the bird grounds of Tam Nong, Tram Chim Bird Park, Nodol Pagoda, Huynh Thuye Le Old House, Xeo Quyt Eco-tourism site, Sa Dec Flower Village and Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) swamp forest. Saigontourist Travel Service Company is currently offering a cluster of tours to the Mekong Delta province with attractive promotions. Dong Thap, of course, was the location for the movie adaptation of novel L’Amant (The lover) by French writer Marguerite Duras. It is the story of a love affair between a 17-year-old French high school student and a Chinese -Vietnamese businessman. Sa Dec Flower Village is a popular destination for visitors who will get lost in the world of colors and fragrance on the farms and on boats floating on rivers and canals. Xeo Quyt tourist area lures travelers with promises of adventures on wooden boats to caves and mysterious fortifications in a 20 hectares cajuput primeval forest. Along the journey, visitors can meet many strange species, listen to the murmur of water, buzz of insects and spot some fish. They can enjoy the vast greenness of immense rice fields. Images of bird hovering on the sky, boats drifting on canals and rare insects making people feel closer to nature. Those joining Saigontourist’s local tours will be given free insurance worth up VND60 million. Tours to Dong Thap departing from the city include…... [read more]

Storage enterprises neglect low-grade rice By Pham Thai and Trung Chanh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC/CAN THO – The enterprises participating in the program to purchase one million tons of rice for temporary storage are prioritizing buying high-grade rice given the huge demand for this category from the Chinese market. Director of a storage enterprise in An Giang said the Chinese market now has high demand for the 5% broken rice. Therefore, his company will prioritize purchasing high-grade long-grain rice to sell to Chinese partners, who are seeking to sign export contracts. He admitted his firm hardly buys the low-grade paddy that is currently in peak harvest season since no new contract has been signed with the low-grade rice importers, such as the Philippines and several African countries. “We need to be sure there are consumption markets before buying rice for storage,” said he. Pham Phong Phu, director of Phu Binh Food Co. in Dong Thap, said: “The export situation is very difficult during these months. Since the year’s beginning, my company has exported only thousands of tons, mostly to China and Malaysia.” A source told the Daily that local enterprises have signed contracts to export some 420,000 tons of rice to China. Private rice trading firms in Ba Dac wholesale market and An Thanh Dong Industrial Cluster are spending these days delivering rice to traders in the northern region. Nguyen Phuc Anh, director of Tan Tai III Company in the Tien Giang-based Ba Dac market, said since enterprises…... [read more]

Tra fish farmers yet to receive financial aid By Trung Chanh - The Saigon Times Daily CAN THO – The VND9-trillion bailout package for tra fish traders and farmers recently passed by the Government has pulled up raw material prices, but farmers have yet to access financial support. Over the past two weeks, raw tra fish prices in the Mekong Delta have risen by VND3,500-4,000 to VND22,500 per kilo for export-qualified fish. Still, tra fish growers are suffering heavy losses. Many farming households with underage fish have to raise their stocks with homemade feed. Nguyen Huu Nguyen, a tra fish farmer in Chau Phu District, An Giang Province, said he had used homemade feed for nearly a month now. “It’s a must to switch to homemade feed now in order to survive, using industrial feed means making a loss,” said Nguyen, who is a member of the An Giang Fishery Association (AFA). According to tra fish farmers in Chau Phu, they incur a loss of VND2,000-4,000 each kilo with the current prices. Therefore, despite price increases, many fish farms are still abandoned. According to the Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, around 80 hectares of fish farms in the province are currently inactive as farmers lack capital to raise new stocks. Vo Van Thanh, a farmer in Dong Thap’s Chau Thanh District, said: “I have 1.5 hectares of water surface to raise tra fish, but I’m only farming on 0.5 hectare now, as constant losses make me unable…... [read more]

Colossal funds poured into third rice crop By Trung Chanh - The Saigon Times Daily CAN THO – While farmers in several Mekong Delta provinces are still busy harvesting the summer-autumn rice, An Giang and Dong Thap have kicked off the autumn-winter crop, known as the year’s third crop, with huge funds needed. Duong Nghia Quoc, director of the Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the provincial districts had registered for a total farming area of 110,000 hectares in the third rice crop. After three times checking dyke safety for rice cultivation, the figure has reduced to 87,000 hectares, down 11,000 compared to 98,000 hectares in the same crop last year. In preparation for the third rice crop, Dong Thap has mobilized VND627 billion, including VND142 billion for irrigation, VND75 billion for canal solidification and VND60 billion for flood consequence remedy. In addition, the province has advanced VND350 billion to ensure stability and safety for the autumn-winter crop this year. Meanwhile, Do Vu Hung, deputy director of An Giang’s agriculture department, said some 145,000 hectares of rice would be cultivated during this year’s third crop, rising 14,000 hectares against last year. An Giang has spent over VND420 billion on autumn-winter crop protection activities. “With this fund, we will focus on channel dredging, dyke reinforcement and investment in water pumping stations for prompt drainage in case of flooding,” said Hung. Opinions differ over the third rice crop. Some say the third crop increase the rice volume for export…... [read more]

Quang Ngai gives ultimatum to Tan Tao project The Quang Ngai Provincial People’s Committee has notified a subsidiary of the Tan Tao Group that the company will have to finalize solutions to deal with its long-delayed Vina Universal Paradise Trade and Service Complex project. “Local authorities sent a further document on October 19 urging the investor to choose a solution,” Ms. Ho Minh Hoa, Head of the Foreign Economic Relations Division at the provincial Department of Planning and Investment (DPI), told VET. In this latest document the company was asked to choose one of two solutions. In the first, the investor is to proceed with the project according to the timeframe set in the adjusted investment license issued in August 2014 and must fully complete the project by 2018. If this option is chosen, the province will agree to the investor establishing a restructuring scheme for a partial adjustment in the eastern area of the project. The second option is for the company to consider transferring the project to another investor within six months from September. At the end of March next year, if the company has not transferred the project then local authorities will revoke the license and allocate the project to another investor. The investor lacking financial capacity and not coordinating with related local departments to deal with obstacles during the implementation have led to continued difficulties in site clearance for the project, according to the provincial People’s Committee. Two months ago the province sent a warning to…... [read more]

Dong Thap to partner with Korean firm to improve rice value Ngoc Tung By Ngoc Tung - The Saigon Times Daily CAN THO - The Government has approved Dong Thap Province’s plan to partner with Korea Rural Community Corporation to improve the quality of rice in the Mekong Delta province and find outlets for this food staple. Nguyen Van Duong, chairman of Dong Thap Province, said the South Korean partner has initially agreed to cooperate with the province in rice production and consumption as part of a project to develop large-scaled rice fields on 10,000 hectares. With the plan, Dong Thap has become the first Mekong Delta province to seek foreign cooperation to develop a from-farm-to-table model for its rice products. To translate the plan into reality, the South Korean firm wants Dong Thap to specify credit sources from ODA (official development assistance) for the project estimated to cost VND400-500 billion (US$18.89-23.6 million) before it discusses detailed implementation steps for the project. “Dong Thap and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should prove financial ability so that cooperation can begin,” Duong said. Nguyen Van Cong, director of the Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the 10,000 hectares of rice fields would be developed gradually. The rice fields will be arranged in harmony with irrigation channels to make it easy for farmers to transport fertilizer to and paddy out of their fields. According to the initial agreement between the two sides, the South Korean corporation will help…... [read more]

Dong Thap urged to have specific growth plan Trung Chanh By Trung Chanh - The Saigon Times Daily CAN THO – Experts at a meeting in Can Tho City Wednesday advised Dong Thap Province government to have a specific plan for its socio-economic development in 2016-2020, instead of simply setting targets. The Mekong Delta Province targets annual economic growth of 7% during the period and average income per capita of US$2,360 by 2020, said Khuc Quang Dung, director of Dong Thap Department of Planning and Investment. The province has set the growth rate for each economic sector, he told the meeting aimed to seek opinions for the province’s draft socio-economic development plan in the five-year period. In particular, the annual growth rate of agro-aqua-forestry is targeted at 4.3%, trade and service as a whole at 7.1%, and manufacturing and construction at 11% and 10.8% respectively. “Agriculture will be developed extensively to make commercial products for export while manufacturing and construction will focus on using environmentally friendly equipment and applying advanced technologies to create more competitive products,” Dung said. For trade-service, Dong Thap will focus on supermarket and distribution chains, and boost exports of products that are of high added value. At the same time, the province will cooperate with other localities in the delta to develop its tourism industry. However, experts at the meeting said that the draft is vague and Dong Thap should be more specific on setting development goals and how to achieve them. Nguyen Van Sanh, head…... [read more]

TPP seen putting VN agriculture at stake Thuy Dung By Thuy Dung - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI – Vietnam’s agricultural sector must be prepared to confront competition right on the domestic market when the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact comes into force, experts told a conference in Hanoi last week. Speaking at the conference on the efficiency of cooperation in the agricultural sector given Vietnam’s accelerated international integration, these experts said the sector is holding strong growth potential but it would face challenges. Production methods must be improved while farmers and enterprises will have to coordinate. In addition, farm produce must be promoted via modern distribution channels like e-commerce. Tran Cong Thang, deputy head of the Institute for Policy and Strategy of Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), told the conference that import tariffs on several agricultural products in TPP will fall to zero, thus clearing the way for key Vietnamese farm items like rubber, wood, coffee, cocoa, cashew, pepper, rice and fruit to enter huge foreign markets. Vietnam can import animal feed and veterinary medicines, among other materials, from Pacific Rim nations at lower prices thanks to import tax exemptions. Nonetheless, Vietnamese producers of beef, chicken and pork will have to face fierce competition with rivals from other TPP member nations despite a road map for import tariff cuts. “Imports of these products may not be big as Vietnamese consumers prefer fresh meat. But if food safety and hygiene are not guaranteed, consumers could shift to using frozen meat,…... [read more]

Revenue from trading fruit products at the second fruit fair in 2016 held in Dong Thap Province reached VND1.2 billion, according to the Dong Thap Department of Industry and Trade. — Photo thdt.vn DONG THAP (Biz Hub) – Revenue from trading fruit products at the second fruit fair in 2016 held in Dong Thap Province reached VND1.2 billion, according to the Dong Thap Department of Industry and Trade. The fruit fair was organised from October 21-23 at CoopMart Dong Thap supermarket in Dong Thap Province by the Dong Thap Department of Industry and Trade, the Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Department and Coop Mart. Some 12 tonnes of fruit were sold at the fair, including 6.2 tonnes of Cao Lanh mango, the most popular product; 3.5 tonnes of oranges; one tonne of dragon fruit, and many kinds of processed fruit products. Fruit producers in Chau Thanh, Cao Lanh, Lai Vung and Lap Vo, as well as Thanh Binh and Cao Lanh City displayed several varities of fruits at 20 pavilions at the fair, including oranges, pomelo, longan and plum, as well as guava, mango, melon and watermelon, along with dragon fruit, rambutan, lotus and other processed fruit products. Nguyen Thanh Tai, deputy director of the Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said agricultural production, especially fruit production, has been the key economic sector in Dong Thap. The province has fruit trees growing on 25,000ha of land, including mango, longan and lemon. These fruits are produced under…... [read more]

Revenue from trading fruit products at the second fruit fair in 2016 held in Dong Thap Province reached VND1.2 billion, according to the Dong Thap Department of Industry and Trade. — Photo thdt.vn DONG THAP (Biz Hub) – Revenue from trading fruit products at the second fruit fair in 2016 held in Dong Thap Province reached VND1.2 billion, according to the Dong Thap Department of Industry and Trade. The fruit fair was organised from October 21-23 at CoopMart Dong Thap supermarket in Dong Thap Province by the Dong Thap Department of Industry and Trade, the Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Department and Coop Mart. Some 12 tonnes of fruit were sold at the fair, including 6.2 tonnes of Cao Lanh mango, the most popular product; 3.5 tonnes of oranges; one tonne of dragon fruit, and many kinds of processed fruit products. Fruit producers in Chau Thanh, Cao Lanh, Lai Vung and Lap Vo, as well as Thanh Binh and Cao Lanh City displayed several varities of fruits at 20 pavilions at the fair, including oranges, pomelo, longan and plum, as well as guava, mango, melon and watermelon, along with dragon fruit, rambutan, lotus and other processed fruit products. Nguyen Thanh Tai, deputy director of the Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said agricultural production, especially fruit production, has been the key economic sector in Dong Thap. The province has fruit trees growing on 25,000ha of land, including mango, longan and lemon. These fruits are produced under…... [read more]




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