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No tax on farmers for agricultural land

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:52 am




No tax on farmers for agricultural land


QĐND – Thursday, September 09, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

The ministries of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development are asking the Government to retain its tax-free policy for agricultural land from 2011 to 2020.


The policy, effective since 2003, has helped around 11.2 million farmer households save a total of 2 million tonnes of rice, according to the ministries. Each farmer has saved 50,000 VND (3 USD) annually.


The ministries have targeted to not collect this tax after 2020.


In other news, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs will not begin a national survey on poor households until the Government approves new standards.


During the 2006-10 period, households with an average income under 260,000 VND (14 USD) a month for each member in urban areas and under 200,000 VND (11 USD) a month in rural areas, were considered poor.


But in 2011-15, standards would rise up to 500,000 VND and 400,000 VND for urban and rural residents, respectively. Under the new standard, there would be 3.3 million households, or 16.5 million poor people.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Agricultural officials meet to help salt makers

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm




Agricultural officials meet to help salt makers


QĐND – Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)


The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development met May 4 to discuss helping salt makers in Can Gio District who have been hard by cheap imports.

At the meeting, Phan Thanh Thuoc, chairman of Tien Thanh salt cooperative in Can Gio District, said that the cooperative had a bumper crop this year thanks to a new production method in which workers produce salt on nylon canvas instead of directly on the ground.


The new production method has doubled salt output over last year to reach 120 tons per hectare. And the salt grains are much purer, salt farmers said.


However, a kilogram of salt now sells for just around VND700, compared to VND1,700 last year, thanks to a wave of salt imports, many from India.


Though the cooperative had been able to sell its salt – because of it’s higher quality – only 50 hectares in Can Gio are using the nylon canvas method, meaning that 1,500 hectares in the district were employing other farming practices.


Most farmers outside the cooperative still produce salt with traditional methods, which yield lower outputs and fetch lower prices. They can’t compete with cheaper imports.


Mr. Thuoc said that the cooperative had already bought all salt made by its members and a small portion produced outside the group. But it does not have enough money to buy and process more for sale.


According to Government regulations, the cooperative is only allowed to borrow an amount that does not exceed the capital contributed by its members, about VND3 billion (US$158,000).


Although the cooperative is able to consume more salt and its loan projects have been deemed very feasible by the Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development, the cooperative has not been able to take more loans.


Mr. Thuoc said the cooperative built a salt processing plant in 2009 and several food processing companies have bought salt made by the cooperative instead of importing from Thailand, India, and China.


The cooperative’s four warehouses now can accommodate an extra of 4,000 tons of salt but they are empty.


Lack of salt, prices plunge


Tran Quang Phung, chairman and general director of Southern Salt Group, who is also chairman of southern salt association, said Korean companies loved to make kimchi with Can Gio salt.


He said it was because the taste of Can Gio salt was not as sharp as salt from Central Vietnam.


The group exports about 60,000 tons of Can Gio salt to Korea annually, however in recent years, the group could not find enough high quality salt to process this year.


Mr.Phung said that several farmers outside the collective focused only on quantity not quality. As a result, the salt grains are mixed with soil and are slightly yellow in color.


He also said that even though the local supply of salt was short, prices were falling due to import policies that let too much foreign salt into Vietnam.


To help salt makers, Nguyen Trong Liem, official from the Agriculture and Rural Development, said that his department would coordinate with the city’s Agricultural Consultation and Assistance Center to organize a conference of salt processing businesses to discuss buying salt from farmers through preferential-interest loans.


Mr. Liem also said that his sub-department would also assist the Tien Thanh salt cooperative to sell its salt products to supermarkets in the city and other provinces.


The sub-department will also petition the Government to limit salt imports, Liem said.


The southern salt association has said that the Government should discharge quotas granted to businesses and has proposed the common taxes of 50 percent to help domestic salt production.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Agricultural officials meet to help salt makers

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development met May 4 to discuss helping salt makers in Can Gio District who have been hard by cheap imports.

Farmers harvest salt in Can Gio District, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

At the meeting, Phan Thanh Thuoc, chairman of Tien Thanh salt cooperative in Can Gio District, said that the cooperative had a bumper crop this year thanks to a new production method in which workers produce salt on nylon canvas instead of directly on the ground.


The new production method has doubled salt output over last year to reach 120 tons per hectare. And the salt grains are much purer, salt farmers said.


However, a kilogram of salt now sells for just around VND700, compared to VND1,700 last year, thanks to a wave of salt imports, many from India.


Though the cooperative had been able to sell its salt – because of it’s higher quality – only 50 hectares in Can Gio are using the nylon canvas method, meaning that 1,500 hectares in the district were employing other farming practices.


Most farmers outside the cooperative still produce salt with traditional methods, which yield lower outputs and fetch lower prices. They can’t compete with cheaper imports.


Mr. Thuoc said that the cooperative had already bought all salt made by its members and a small portion produced outside the group. But it does not have enough money to buy and process more for sale.


According to Government regulations, the cooperative is only allowed to borrow an amount that does not exceed the capital contributed by its members, about VND3 billion (US$158,000).


Although the cooperative is able to consume more salt and its loan projects have been deemed very feasible by the Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development, the cooperative has not been able to take more loans.


Mr. Thuoc said the cooperative built a salt processing plant in 2009 and several food processing companies have bought salt made by the cooperative instead of importing from Thailand, India, and China.


The cooperative’s four warehouses now can accommodate an extra of 4,000 tons of salt but they are empty.


Lack of salt, prices plunge


Tran Quang Phung, chairman and general director of Southern Salt Group, who is also chairman of southern salt association, said Korean companies loved to make kimchi with Can Gio salt.


He said it was because the taste of Can Gio salt was not as sharp as salt from Central Vietnam.


The group exports about 60,000 tons of Can Gio salt to Korea annually, however in recent years, the group could not find enough high quality salt to process this year.


Mr.Phung said that several farmers outside the collective focused only on quantity not quality. As a result, the salt grains are mixed with soil and are slightly yellow in color.


He also said that even though the local supply of salt was short, prices were falling due to import policies that let too much foreign salt into Vietnam.


To help salt makers, Nguyen Trong Liem, official from the Agriculture and Rural Development, said that his department would coordinate with the city’s Agricultural Consultation and Assistance Center to organize a conference of salt processing businesses to discuss buying salt from farmers through preferential-interest loans.


Mr. Liem also said that his sub-department would also assist the Tien Thanh salt cooperative to sell its salt products to supermarkets in the city and other provinces.


The sub-department will also petition the Government to limit salt imports, Liem said.


The southern salt association has said that the Government should discharge quotas granted to businesses and has proposed the common taxes of 50 percent to help domestic salt production.

Source: SGGP

Ambiguous agricultural import policies stymie officials

In Vietnam Society on December 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm

A meeting was held December 7 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to discuss tightening control of foreign agricultural products entering Vietnam. Experts said that controlling imports was made difficult, however, because of poor and ambiguous government policies.








Potatoes are imported through the northern border gates into Vietnam. (Filed photo)

Moreover, many agencies have overlapping jurisdiction over import matters, causing confusion amongst the different parties.


According to Hoang Kim Giang, director of the Livestock Breeding Department, importing some types of animal feed is forbidden outright by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development; but the Ministry of Health allows the imports with some restrictions.


And while the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development does not allow the import of certain vegetables and canned foods, the Ministry of Industry and Trade does. Such conflicting polices cause headaches for both importers and officials, the meeting heard.


Stronger measures should also be taken to prevent unsafe produce from penetrating the domestic market, experts said.


Deputy Director of the Plant Protection Department Dr. Bui Sy Doanh said that currently, quality testing of agricultural products is managed by both the Agricultural and Rural Development, and Health ministries. This overlap causes difficulties for officials, he said.


Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat agreed that improved barriers were needed to stop unsafe food from entering the country and that the quality of domestic products needs to be improved for export.


The Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development also asked related authorities to review import policies and promulgate improved rules.


The Ministry of Health and the General Department of Vietnam Customs need to enhance the monitoring and control of the country’s agricultural imports, said Minister Phat.


According to the ministry, many agricultural products have been flooding into Vietnam, mostly from China, through border gates.


Experts said imports increased suddenly toward the end of the year due to a northern drought that left a dearth of fruits and vegetables.


In the south, the rainy season began earlier this year, damaging produce by 40-50 percent in several areas. Other areas were not able to produce crops at all.


The Vietnam Food Association said it was able to meet just 50 percent of export orders due to the lack of harvests this year.


Many other goods are also smuggled into the country including electronics, tobacco, and textiles, but the volume of smuggled food including meats, vegetables and fruit was extremely high, said officials.


According to the Lao Cai border gate’s management board, an average of around 400 tons of agricultural products is imported daily through the border gate.


At Tan Thanh border gate in Lang Son Province, around 100-150 tons of agricultural products are imported each day.


The products consist mainly of tomatoes, taro, potatoes, garlic, cabbages and beets.


Representatives from the national Veterinary Agency said they recently discovered some tomato samples which contained alatoxin – a harmful substance.


After agricultural products are transported through northern border gates, most fruit is transported to Long Bien market in Hanoi while vegetables and dried fruits are brought to Bac Ninh town before being dispersed nationwide.


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Greater agricultural extension efforts needed

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2008 at 2:33 pm

HCM CITY — Insufficient investment and development of human resources have prevented the country from fully exploiting the potential of the agriculture, forestry and aquaculture sectors.


According to the General Statistics Office, there are approximately 10 million rural households with more than 30 million people of working age, of which 17 per cent were trained in poor agricultural extension classes.


Of 16.5 million young labourers in rural areas, only 12 per cent graduated from junior high school and 3.11 per cent have a level of technical expertise from intermediate and above, which is less than four times compared with urban youths.


A report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said the output value of agricultural, forestry and aquatic processing industry increased on average between 12 and 14 per cent per year.


This sector accounts for a high percentage of the country’s gross domestic product (17.5 per cent).


But the results of a recent investigation show that most workers in the industry are not trained in the necessary technical expertise.


Between 36.8 per cent and 65.8 per cent of processing enterprises’ owners do not have technical expertise and from 48.5 per cent to 88.4 per cent do not fully understand the legal system, according to the report.


According to the MoET, the country has about 370 training institutions with 28 providing training related to agricultural, forestry and fishery processing industries, accounting for only 7.5 per cent.


Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan said that raising awareness about vocational training is crucial to improving the workforce for the agriculture, forestry and aquaculture sectors.


Deputy Minister of Education and Training Banh Tien Long said MoET, MARD and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affair (MoLISA) should establish interdepartmental working groups to supervise training activities for farmers in agricultural, forestry production and aquatic products processing.


The ministry will encourage schools to open new training sectors if there is a demand, but implementation should benefit learners and businesses, Long said.


“Ministries and branches need to quickly plan material areas for the processing industry,” he added.


“Training and helping farmers to approach new production models needs attention,” Le Hong Hoanh, director of the HCM City Department of Agriculture, said.


Agricultural experts said that strengthening relationships between training establishments and processing businesses through conferences and workshops was also necessary. —

Hanoi to prioritise agricultural, new-technological products

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi has issued a list of priority and key industries for the years up to 2010 and 2020.

Accordingly, the city will prioritise agricultural product processing, textile-garment and chemical industries.

During 2007 – 2015, it will promote textile-garment materials, milk products, pharmaceutical products, electronic, telecommunications and IT components, etc.

In the 2016 – 2020 period, it will accelerate meat product processing, production of antibiotic and anti-cancer materials.

The city also identified three key industries, including mechanic-manufacturing, electronics-telecommunications, and information technology.

It plans to attach special importance to new technological products such as software products, digital products, products using new and renewable energy.-

Govt supports highly-applicable agricultural projects

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2008 at 10:58 am

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung said the Government may allocate up to 400-500 billion VND for scientific projects of high applicability in the agricultural sector.

The Government leader was speaking at his working session with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in Hanoi on September 16.

The Deputy PM stressed that putting science and technology into life, particularly in production, is one of the three pivotal issues that the nation needs to address in order to build a new rural area and a modern agriculture and raise the living conditions of farmers.

He asked the MARD, research institutes and scientists to embark on projects that are in dire need at the moment involving breeding, know-how training in rural areas, post-harvest technology, aquaculture, and food security projects.

“Selecting orientations, goals and solutions for a scientific and technological strategy for the agricultural sector is very important,” Deputy PM Hung said.

The MARD reported that it received over 2.6 trillion VND for scientific and technological research in agriculture in the 2001-2005 period, which accounted for 2.3 percent of the total investment pumped into the agricultural sector.

The sum, however, made up just 0.1 percent of the country’s GDP while it was four to seven fold in other countries in the region, the MARD said.

MARD Minister Cao Duc Phat suggested an increase in investment for agricultural research to 0.3-0.5 percent of the national GDP.

MARD has proposed that the Government allow private businesses to take part in the selection of agriculture-engaged scientific research as one of a series of measures to boost the research and transfer of scientific and technological advances in the agricultural sector.

In 2008, MARD plans to disburse 600 billion VND for agricultural research.-

VND500b Gov’t grants for top agricultural research

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2008 at 10:29 am

HA NOI — Projects aiming to solve agricultural science issues related to crop variety, harvesting, fisheries and food security are eligible to win potential grants of up to VND500 billion (US$30.3 million) each.


Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung gave the directive at a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, research institutes and scientists to select the projects, which should include training and improving technology standards in rural areas to solve relevant issues for farmers to meet the real demands of production.


There are three main elements necessary to build modern rural areas and agricultural techniques and improve people’s living standard, which include implementing new technologies, training experts and attracting talented people to rural areas, and building modern infrastructure, according to Hung.


A report from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said nearly VND1.3 trillion was invested in agricultural technology in 2001-05, accounting for 2.3 per cent of total investment in agriculture sector. The sum is expected to be increased by 11.6 per cent in the 2006-10 period.


The amount given for agricultural technology for a farming-based country like Viet Nam was too low as it was only 0.1 per cent of GDP, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat.


Much higher


In other regional countries, the figure is from four to seven times higher.


Phat reported that the country’s rice production was listed high in the world rankings, as was the production of pepper, coffee and cashew.


However, the agricultural sector was still fell short of meeting demand from farmers for consulting on increasing the production of certain crops.


The minister admitted that Viet Nam lacked experts in agricultural science and the sector had not sufficiently caught up with all issues related to research and applying high-tech products for increased production.


Many countries have developed agricultural science by sending their staff abroad and pouring money into international research institutes to acquire about new technologies but in Viet Nam, it is very difficult to persuade management agencies to invest in international research institutes, according to Director of Viet Nam Agricultural Science Institute Nguyen Van Bo.


He felt it was time to earmark and contribute money to such institutes because for every dollar invested in research institutes a potential five to seven dollars gain could be seen from increased production.


Phat admitted that Viet Nam had not yet encouraged the development of agricultural science.


Phat said agricultural science was the most important to help the agricultural sector reach basic development targets, which included maintaining the sector’s growth rate of 3-3.5 per cent per year, reducing the number of rural labourers to below 50 per cent of the population and increasing income for farmers by 2.5 times by 2020. To reach these goals, it was necessary to increase agriculture technology investment to 0.3 – 0.5 per cent of GDP, he said. —

S Korea to share agricultural science, technology with VN

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2008 at 3:57 pm

HA NOI — South Korea will share advanced agricultural science and technology with Viet Nam.


Chairman of South Korea’s Special Committee for Agriculture, Fishery and Rural Areas, Lee Sang-mu, said this during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung in Ha Noi yesterday.


Lee said his country also planned to build a research institute for agriculture and factories to produce agricultural machinery, fertilisers and cattle feed. It would also set up a pilot model for rural areas in Viet Nam.


He said that Viet Nam, which had huge potential for economic development, had emerged as the world’s second largest exporter of rice and coffee.


Hung said Viet Nam placed top priority on agriculture, rural areas and farmers and had adopted policies to build a modern agricultural system and improve living conditions for farmers.


He said that despite high inflation, Viet Nam had so far this year absorbed more than US$40 billion in foreign investment, doubling the 2007 figure.


Regarding bilateral relations, the deputy PM said Viet Nam and South Korea had a comprehensive and dynamic co-operation. He noted that South Korea had topped the list of foreign investors in Viet Nam in the past three years.


Lee expressed sympathy for the loss of human life and property in the recent floods and presented the country with a rescue boat. — VNA/

Spain provides 540,560 EUR to develop agricultural business

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm

The Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECI) will provide 540,560 EUR as non-refundable aid for the second phase of a project to build policies supporting the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agricultural sector.

Vietnam’s capital for the project will come from the Institute for Agricultural Development Policies and Strategies under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem on August 4 signed a document on the PM’s decision to approve the project.-