Agriculture startups win big at Mekong Delta startup contest

Mekong Delta sees economic growth coolingTrung Chanh By Trung Chanh - The Saigon Times Daily CAN THO - The economy of the Mekong Delta has lost its robust growth momentum in recent years due to its heavy reliance on agriculture, heard a meeting of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in Can Tho City on March 30. Data released at the meeting showed the delta’s economy grew 7.8% last year, down from 8.9% in 2014, marking the fourth consecutive year the region had experienced an economic slowdown. The region’s annual economic growth stood at 10% in the 2001-2010…... [read more]

As a centrally governed city in the heart of the Mekong Delta region, Can Tho has favourable conditions for developing high-tech agriculture towards a modernity, quality and efficiency. Can Tho City is home to many research institutes and universities, thus enabling it to carry out cooperation programmes with other Mekong Delta provinces and academia as well as study, apply and transfer science and technology to farmers. In the 2008 - 2014 period, the city carried out over 50 scientific and technological research and application projects in agriculture and rural development. Can Tho City also attaches much importance to farming and aquaculture extension…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Experts have described increasing damming in the Mekong River in China, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia as a major threat to water security in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, calling on the Government to take prompt measures to deal with the situation. Nguyen Nhan Quang, an independent expert in river basin management, said at a workshop in Hanoi last week that the Mekong Delta suffered the worst drought in 100 years in the 2015-2016 dry season. Drought worsened saltwater intrusion, taking a heavy toll on agriculture and people in the country’s largest rice producing region. Drought and salinity were attributable…... [read more]

Nhan Dan/VNA - Leaders from 13 Mekong Delta localities and Ho Chi Minh City met at a November 26 conference in Vinh Long province to seek ways to enhance their co-operation and connectivity. During the event, part of the ongoing Mekong Delta Economic Forum 2013, the leaders reviewed their co-operation outcomes over the past years while talking directly with local enterprises. The Mekong Delta region, with its advantages, has acted as a supplier of material and labour to HCM City – a major cultural and economic hub of the country. Over the past years, Mekong Delta localities and HCM City…... [read more]

The Mekong Delta Development Research Institute (MDI) said that, each year, farmers have to suffer from losses of post-harvest activities worth VND3,200-3,600 billion. Therefore, agricultural mechanization is an urgent need in the region. However, the process of agricultural mechanization remains slow, leading to the low competitiveness of rice. Real situationAccording to the MDI, the Mekong Delta region has more than 42,100 threshers, 2,793 harvesters and 600 combine harvesters. The process of agricultural mechanization in the region remains unsynchronized. According to a recent survey by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, harvesters have only taken on 1 percent of the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Duong Van Ni, a respected expert from Can Tho University who has written many valuable studies on Mekong Delta, has caught public attention with his view that the wave of farmers migrating from the Delta is a great opportunity. The extreme weather changes, the sea water level rise, the new hydropower dams and the current diversion by countries on the upper course of the Mekong River to get water for irrigation all have put Vietnam’s Delta at high risk.  Drought, saline intrusion, floods, land subsidence and riverbank erosion caused by the lack of alluvium occur regularly, upsetting…... [read more]

NDO – Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue chaired a seminar in Dong Thap province on September 27, discussing agricultural restructuring and value chain agricultural production for the Mekong Delta region, as well as plans for sustainable development in the Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) sub-region.Reports at the conference showed that after three years implementing agricultural restructuring tied-in with modern rural area construction and adaptation to climate change, 13 provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta have developed and had their projects on agricultural restructuring towards higher added value and sustainable development approved.The entire area has…... [read more]

Mekong Delta International Agricultural Festival will be held in Can Tho City on March 9-13.The festival is co-organized by the Center for Research and Application Development of Vietnamese brands and the National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development (NATEC) under the Ministry of Science and Technology.The event aims to support agricultural development of the Mekong Delta region, enhance the Research and Application of science and technology advances in production and building brands and their competitiveness in the integration period.The festival will also include introduction of agricultural products; exchanges between scientists and enterprises to strengthen cooperation and solve current issues…... [read more]

Last week saw the group’s subsidiaries, Rent A Port Green Energy and Rent A Port Utilities, sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on co-operation in wind-driven desalination for agricultural production in the Mekong Delta region.Accordingly, the Belgian firms and MARD will set up five demonstration wind-powered water desalination plants at a cost of $15 million, which are capable of providing fresh water for at least 200 hectares of rice fields in five locations across the Mekong Delta. Each demo plant consists of two water production units with a total combined peak…... [read more]

Priority will be given to consolidating and restructuring the operations of all regional existing cooperatives in line with the Law on Cooperatives 2012, while increasing the numbers of members and their capital contribution. The project also encourages the establishment of cooperatives in rice, fruit and seafood, while offering incentives to cooperatives and cooperative unions involved in agricultural value-chains. The MoPI will propose to the Government to give support to cooperatives that develop under an autonomous financial mechanism.Under the project, training courses will be conducted to build the capacity of cooperative managerial and technical staff. It will strengthen connectivity in agricultural production, expand…... [read more]