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Tropical depression affects southern waters

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

A tropical low pressure zone is now centered 240 kilometers east off Khanh Hoa – Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces’ coast, 9.7-10.7 degrees latitude north and 110.1-111.1 degrees longitude east on Monday.

The position of the tropical depression off Vietnam’s southern coast on December 13 (Photo: national weather bureau)

According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, the winds near the system’s eye have peaked to Category 6 (39-49 kilometers an hour).


In the next 24 hours, the tropical depression will move westward at a speed of 5-10 kilometers an hour, the center stated.


Consequently, the system will move closer to the southern coast. That is, 110 kilometer east off Ninh Thuan to Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.


Because of this tropical depression, the waters off Binh Dinh to Ca Mau will become rough, as strong winds affect costal areas.


Meanwhile, a cold front will move south and will affect northern Vietnam by tomorrow morning.


The cold front will cause scattered rains to develop in the north and medium to heavy rain in the central region. The sea will be rough. In conclusion, it will be very cold in the northern mountain areas.

Source: SGGP

Poor planning affects all

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm




Poor planning affects all


QĐND – Sunday, October 24, 2010, 19:54 (GMT+7)

Inconsistency in production planning and irrational benefit sharing have recently led to disorders in the sale of agricultural products.


Competition for buying sugarcane began this October in the Mekong Delta and central Vietnam where there is a high concentration of the crop, and it has pushed the price of sugarcane up to more than VND1 million per tonne. It is expected to be fiercer in the future.


Businesses that were able to obtain sugarcane under such competition had to pay a very high price. Those that failed to do so had to either shut down production or to keep it at a low level.


However, farmers still suffer the most. Not long ago, quite a few farming households had to cut down or burn their sugarcane fields because the selling price fell too low – to the extent that they could not even afford to hire people for harvesting. Meanwhile, there was too much sugarcane so traders did not buy any more.


This state of both excess and shortage has also occurred repeatedly with many other Vietnamese farm products. Recently, it was difficult for traders to purchase rice from farmers to supply exporters in time so that they could fulfil their contracts. But a short time later, there was an oversupply of rice, which meant farmers could barely find buyers for their rice.


The same applies to tra fish in the Mekong Delta. There were times when businesses took turns raising their buying prices in order to get enough tra fish for processing but the next crop of tra fish immediately faced a sad fate when they were packed in small ponds and could swim nowhere because enterprises no longer wanted them. The farmers then could only manage to sell some at cheap prices, which sometimes didn’t even cover the costs to raise them.


This problem is attributed to inconsistency in production planning. For instance, rice variety IR 50404 proved not to meet the world market’s demand and sold badly but farmers still continued to invest in planting it because they found it difficult to purchase better varieties of rice.


When sugarcane growers face an excess of sugarcane, many of them immediately moved to plant other crops that seemed to be profitable at the time, resulting in an abrupt drop in the acreage and output of sugarcane for the next crop and a sudden surge in sugarcane prices, creating instability on the market and directly affecting consumers’ lives. When the prices of sugarcane soared, people once again rushed to grow it.


Another cause behind this imbalance is the unequal allocation of benefits between parties in the line of agricultural production. According to the Mekong Delta Development Research Institute, tra fish farmers receive only 19.4 percent of the total profits from their fish, while the corresponding figures for traders and processing companies are 2.1 percent and 78.5 percent respectively.


In this relationship, the farmers seem to have more disadvantages and depend greatly on the prices offered by the buyers and their workflows.


When prices are high, farmers tend to hoard their products and cause problems for enterprises that need materials for processing and can lose contracts due to delays in delivering goods on schedule. This is often seen in such commodities as rice, fish, shrimp, sugarcane, and coffee among others.


As one solution, the government has introduced policies to encourage businesses to buy farmers’ products through contracts.


However, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reports that only five out of 15 sugarcane factories in southern provinces had contracts to buy sugarcane from farmers on a long-term basis.


The government also has other measures to assist farmers but many of them have not been implemented seriously.


Professor Vo Tong Xuan said that government support packages will play an important role in reducing the risks of agricultural investment, facilitating land accumulation, and boosting technology transfers. Based on this, he said, businesses could invest more to help farmers produce high-quality products for export, thus creating a sustainable bond between businesses and farmers.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Ketsana affects 3 million Vietnamese

In Politics-Society on October 10, 2009 at 2:05 am




Ketsana affects 3 million Vietnamese


QĐND – Thursday, October 08, 2009, 21:54 (GMT+7)

The 9th storm, or Ketsana, which swept the Vietnamese center and caused the most serious flooding in the area over the last 45 years last week, has so far resulted in a loss of nearly US $800 million for Vietnam, a UN official in Vietnam said yesterday.


Ugo Blanco, UN official for natural calamity responses in Vietnam, released the estimated loss and called on international non-governmental organizations in Vietnam to render more support for the local victims.


According to the official, the storm cost the lives of 163 people, rendered 17 additional people missing, and caused an aggregate material loss of US $785 million.


Vietnamese Red Cross workers also found that survivors of the storm are now facing many difficulties and many may contract diseases due to the flooding.


“We saw the loom of epidemics in flooded areas,” said the UN official. “People need more support with food, clean water and medicines,” he added.


According to the Vietnam Red Cross, the storm affected some 3 million Vietnamese, of which many lost their homes and belongings and have to live on aid from the Government, domestic and international organizations.


Source: baocongthuong


Translated by Thu Nguyen    


Source: QDND

Ketsana affects 3 million Vietnamese

In Politics-Society on October 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm




Ketsana affects 3 million Vietnamese


QĐND – Thursday, October 08, 2009, 21:54 (GMT+7)

The 9th storm, or Ketsana, which swept the Vietnamese center and caused the most serious flooding in the area over the last 45 years last week, has so far resulted in a loss of nearly US $800 million for Vietnam, a UN official in Vietnam said yesterday.


Ugo Blanco, UN official for natural calamity responses in Vietnam, released the estimated loss and called on international non-governmental organizations in Vietnam to render more support for the local victims.


According to the official, the storm cost the lives of 163 people, rendered 17 additional people missing, and caused an aggregate material loss of US $785 million.


Vietnamese Red Cross workers also found that survivors of the storm are now facing many difficulties and many may contract diseases due to the flooding.


“We saw the loom of epidemics in flooded areas,” said the UN official. “People need more support with food, clean water and medicines,” he added.


According to the Vietnam Red Cross, the storm affected some 3 million Vietnamese, of which many lost their homes and belongings and have to live on aid from the Government, domestic and international organizations.


Source: baocongthuong


Translated by Thu Nguyen    


Source: QDND

Cambodia tries to minimise climate change’s affects

In Uncategorized on December 15, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Cambodian government is trying its best to join the international community’s efforts in minimising the global climate change’s affects, a Cambodian government official said.

Over the past years, the government has closely cooperated with UN agencies and international organisations in applying the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Cambodia, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Environment Prach Sun told a last weekend’s forum in Phnom Penh.

CDM is one of the most important standards required by the government in licensing new projects, the minister said.

So far, Cambodia has carried out five projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas missions.

The government has also carried out many programmes to raise the Cambodian people’s awareness about affects and dangers caused by climate change as well as enhance their responsibility in protecting environment. –