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Can Tho hosts Int’l Agriculture Fair

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:35 am




Can Tho hosts Int’l Agriculture Fair


QĐND – Monday, December 06, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The 2010 Vietnam International Agriculture Fair opened in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho on December 6 with 270 domestic and foreign businesses taking part.


The week-long event is aimed at promoting domestic agricultural and rural development, attracting investment in the sector and expanding business links during the integration process.


Of the participants, 40 businesses are from Thailand, China, India, the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Singapore.


On display are machinery, agricultural equipment, production lines, processed products, fertilisers, pesticides, animal feed and medicines, aquatic products, rice, seeds, furniture, fruits and rare plants and animals from the central and southeastern region as well as the Mekong Delta.


A conference will be held for farmers to show their skills in growing grapefruit in various shapes, planting seedless jackfruit in Hau Giang, using combine harvesters and pesticides in Can Tho, raising chickens in Tien Giang and using seed classification and cleansing machines in An Giang.


The organising board will award 17 outstanding farm households from 13 cities and provinces in the Mekong Delta, with 5 million VND each.


The Ministry of Industry and Trade is using the occasion to present certificates of merit to 11 businesses from Long An, Hau Giang, Tien Giang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho for their contributions to the country’s economic development and will also present gold medals for the best fertilisers, seeds, veterinary medicines, aquatic products, plastics and pesticides which are competitive in the international market.


During the fair, there will be trade promotions, contract signings, technology transfers and seminars.


The Southern Agricultural Technology Institute, the Mekong Delta Rice Institute, Can Tho University and the Can Tho Agricultural and Rural Development Department will provide farmers with consultancies on cultivation techniques, animal husbandry, harvesting and post harvesting operations, the labour market, vocational training, jobs and capital assistance programmes.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Calling for more investment into agriculture and rural development

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:34 am




Calling for more investment into agriculture and rural development


QĐND – Monday, December 06, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a conference in Quang Binh province on December 6 to call for more investment into agriculture and rural development in six north-central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue.


In recent times, businesses felt reluctant to invest in agriculture in the north-central region, because the area is seriously affected by floods, storms and wind from Laos.


However, the Vietnam Rubber Group affirmed it is still safe to grow rubber there as only a few areas of rubber plantation were destroyed by storms in the region over the past 10 years.


At the conference, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat said the north-central region has great agricultural potential for aquaculture because the region has 670km of coastal line, as well as 23 river mouths and lagoons. There is also has more than 1.6 million ha of forest land. It also has advantages in road, railway, sea and aviation transport, facilitating transportation of goods and abundant human. The region is frequently hit by natural disasters and floods, but it can be dealt with by applying advanced technologies and growing suitable plants, said Mr Phat.


In the 2011-2020period, the six provinces will call on businesses to further invest in rubber plantations, raising cows and developing aquaculture and seafood processing. Investors in these fields will be granted incentives, such as exemption from land tax, financial support of 50-100 percent training fees for workers, 50-70 percent of advertising fees and 50 percent of transportation costs.


At the conference, businesses signed three projects for agriculture in the region. The Vietnam Rubber Group also donated VND500 million to central flood victims.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Int’l agriculture fair to open in Can Tho

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 1:50 am

Vietnam participates in agriculture exhibition in Egypt

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:56 am




Vietnam participates in agriculture exhibition in Egypt


QĐND – Sunday, September 26, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

The 23rd International Exhibition of Agriculture and Food in Africa and the Middle East opened in Cairo, Egypt, on September 25, drawing the participation of 30 Vietnamese businesses.


The event aimed to boost cooperation, exchange experiences and introduce products and machines for the agricultural sector.


The Vietnamese delegation was led by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Diep Kinh Tan and Vietnamese goods such as seafood, basa fish, and cooked rice with coconut and pepper were on display.

On September 26, Minister Diep Kinh Tan had a working session with his Egyptian counterpart to exchange information and seek opportunities for cooperation between the two countries.


A seminar for Vietnamese and Egyptian businesses was held later.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

New rules promote agriculture lending

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:58 am




New rules promote agriculture lending


QĐND – Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has decided to reduce the mandatory reserves maintained by commercial banks engaged in agricultural lending.


The new decision aims to encourage further lending for agricultural activities. State Bank Governor Nguyen Van Giau said at a conference held in HCM City last week to launch new credit policies for agricultural and rural development.


Giau said that the decision would take effect next month.


Banks that have at least 40 percent of their outstanding loans given for agricultural production will be allowed to reduce their reserves from the current 3 percent to 1.5 percent.


Those that have agriculture loans accounting for 60 percent or more of their total lending need to maintain reserves of just 1 percent.


The Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) will benefit from the new decision as its agriculture lending rate is already up to 70 percent.


Since compulsory reserves attracted no interest, reducing them would help banks cut capital costs and facilitate reduction of lending rates as well, Giau said.


He pledged that the central bank would use part of the money that it pumps into the market annually to help bank engaged in agricultural lending source long-term capital.


Under Decree No 41 issued recently by the Government, the amount of bank loans farmers and fishermen can get without collateral has increased five folds.


Those benefiting from the decree include: households and businesses in rural areas; farm owners and cooperatives in rural areas; organisations and individuals providing services for cultivation, animal husbandry, consumption and export of agricultural, forestry and fishery products and salt; and firms processing farm produce.


It also applies to enterprises involved in industry and trading and provision of non-agricultural services based in rural areas.


All the above-mentioned entities can borrow between 50 million VND (2,600 USD) and 500 million VND (26,000 USD) without collateral. These sums are five times higher than previous limits.


Firms engaged in agriculture, forestry, fishery and salt production can get bank loans of up to 50 million VND while cooperatives and farm owners can access loans worth 500 million VND.


Governor Giau also revealed at the conference that the Government was considering a pilot agricultural insurance programme by relevant ministries and other agencies.


The programme might provide financial support to farmers to help them pay premiums, he said.


Priority would be given to poor farmers, organisations and individuals engaging in large-scale production of main crops.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Industrial agriculture ushers prosperity into Jrai community

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm




Industrial agriculture ushers prosperity into Jrai community


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


The living conditions of a Jrai community in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has drastically improved since a company has begun employing residents as farmhands.

Thatched huts previously located near the Laotian border in Duc Co District have been now replaced by solid and spacious houses, and even some costly villas surrounded by rubber, pepper and coffee farms.
 
Colonel Tran Quang Hung, director of 74 Company, which has been transforming poor farmers in to well-paid farm workers, said he first visited Duc Co as a foot soldier in 1975
 
“At that time, going from the main road to the village took me two days and I needed to use a bush-hook to clear the way.
 
“Back then, ethnic minority people ate with their fingers, and they only knew how to plant one-crop rice. They shifted cultivation like wandering hill-tribes.
 
At night, after working at their military posts, Hung said soldiers were fire up torches to visit local Jrai homes and encourage them to grow rubber trees.
 
“We wanted to build dikes and dig ditches to water trees, but they didn’t allow that. They said ‘God gives us the stream with flowing water, let the water flow, and don’t touch it.’”
 
He also said they opposed the building of schools and wouldn’t let their children attend.
 
“They said, ‘People have long died of starvation, but never of a lack of letters,’” Hung said.
 
“After a long time of patiently encouraging them, they changed their ways.”
 
Ro Mah Klum, an old ethnic man, said, “Previously, people expected only rice enough to live, but they couldn’t earn enough to live on from farming rice so the Government usually had to give famine relief.”
 
“It was difficult to earn money, but spending it was more difficult as we had to climb over tens of hills to buy food and things,” he added.
 
“Since soldiers have arrived and launched coffee and rubber tree growing campaigns, we’ve been more interested in tilling the fields as workers.”
 
He said the soldiers had taught them to grow these new crops alternately with short-term crops like maize and beans.
 
“Before, we never had enough food to eat, but now we have enough money to live because we work for the company.”
 
Now that the Jrai believed in the way, the area will prosper, Klum predicted.
 
The changes in lifestyles, working conditions, management and hope for better lives has already boosted average Jrai incomes in the area to VND6-7 per month.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Industrial agriculture ushers prosperity into Jrai community

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

The living conditions of a Jrai community in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has drastically improved since a company has begun employing residents as farmhands.

A newly-built house owned by a Jrai ethnic worker. Jrai ethnic people are building spacious houses with their new higher incomes reaped from jobs as modern farm workers (Photo: SGGP)

Thatched huts previously located near the Laotian border in Duc Co District have been now replaced by solid and spacious houses, and even some costly villas surrounded by rubber, pepper and coffee farms.
 
Colonel Tran Quang Hung, director of 74 Company, which has been transforming poor farmers in to well-paid farm workers, said he first visited Duc Co as a foot soldier in 1975
 
“At that time, going from the main road to the village took me two days and I needed to use a bush-hook to clear the way.
 
“Back then, ethnic minority people ate with their fingers, and they only knew how to plant one-crop rice. They shifted cultivation like wandering hill-tribes.
 
At night, after working at their military posts, Hung said soldiers were fire up torches to visit local Jrai homes and encourage them to grow rubber trees.
 
“We wanted to build dikes and dig ditches to water trees, but they didn’t allow that. They said ‘God gives us the stream with flowing water, let the water flow, and don’t touch it.’”
 
He also said they opposed the building of schools and wouldn’t let their children attend.
 
“They said, ‘People have long died of starvation, but never of a lack of letters,’” Hung said.
 
“After a long time of patiently encouraging them, they changed their ways.”
 
Ro Mah Klum, an old ethnic man, said, “Previously, people expected only rice enough to live, but they couldn’t earn enough to live on from farming rice so the Government usually had to give famine relief.”
 
“It was difficult to earn money, but spending it was more difficult as we had to climb over tens of hills to buy food and things,” he added.
 
“Since soldiers have arrived and launched coffee and rubber tree growing campaigns, we’ve been more interested in tilling the fields as workers.”
 
He said the soldiers had taught them to grow these new crops alternately with short-term crops like maize and beans.
 
“Before, we never had enough food to eat, but now we have enough money to live because we work for the company.”
 
Now that the Jrai believed in the way, the area will prosper, Klum predicted.
 
The changes in lifestyles, working conditions, management and hope for better lives has already boosted average Jrai incomes in the area to VND6-7 per month.  

Source: SGGP

Vietnam, Mozambique urged to cooperate in agriculture

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm




Vietnam, Mozambique urged to cooperate in agriculture


QĐND – Saturday, March 27, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

The agricultural sectors of Vietnam and Mozambique need to tap their potential and develop long-term projects for benefit of both sides, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said.


The two sides need to implement their commitments and effectively carry out cooperation projects, thus contributing to promoting friendship between the two countries and peoples, PM Dung said while receiving Mozambican Agriculture Minister Soares Nhaca in Hanoi on March 26.


The Prime Minister expressed his support for agreements signed between the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Agriculture Ministry of Mozambique.


He praised achievements the Party, government and people of Mozambique recorded in economic development and national political stability.


Minister Soares Nhaca conveyed an invitation to visit Mozambique from the President and Prime Minister to PM Nguyen Tan Dung.


Mozambique has been making great progress in national construction and development, the minister said, adding the country has, in recent years, registered an average economic growth rate of 7 percent annually, maintained political stability and improved people’s lives.


Minister Soares Nhaca emphasised the Mozambican desire and determination to boost friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam on the basis of mutual benefit and for peace and development.


Earlier the same day, Minister Soares Nhaca and his Vietnamese counterpart, Cao Duc Phat, signed an MoU of cooperation.


Under the MoU, Vietnam will send a mission of experts to study the potential for rubber, cashew and rice growing as well as aquaculture in the four Mozambican provinces of Zambezia, Nampula, Tete and Gaza in April and May.


Vietnam will also organise training courses for students from the rural development faculty of Mozambique ’s Eduardo Mondlane University and assist a project on the establishment of a centre for research, agricultural promotion and rice production in Nicoadala, Zambezia province.


In addition to promoting cooperation between the two governments and business communities, the two sides agreed to accelerate tripartite cooperation between Vietnam, Mozambique and Japan in a rice production project in Nante, Zambezia province.


The Mozambican delegation is on a working visit to Vietnam from March 19-27.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

HCM City agriculture reaps profits despite urbanisation

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2008 at 1:26 pm






Farmers harvest melons in Nhuan Duc Commune, Cu Chi District, in HCM City. The area under cultivation with flowers and organic vegetables in the city has increased to more than 1,200ha from 880ha in 2005. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Do

HCM CITY — HCM City’s agricultural output has risen by an average of 5.9 per cent this decade despite losing farm land to urbanisation. This is because farmers have switched to more lucrative crops, a top official has said.


Nguyen Trung Tin, deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee, said the sector has also industrialised rapidly in recent years, with corporate farms gradually replacing family-owned ones.


The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) said farm output increased from VND31 million (US$1,800) per ha in 2000 to VND120 million last year.


Farmers who grow flowers and ornamental trees now earn VND700 million ($42,400) per ha while crocodile farmers make a turnover of more than VND1 billion ($60,000) per ha.


Tin said the share of animal husbandry increased from 21.5 per cent in 1995 to 34 per cent last year, while cultivation fell from 52 per cent to 28 per cent.


The city now has the largest number of dairy cows in the country – 67,000 or 2.6 times of the 2000 number.


To further develop the sector, the city plans to earmark areas that would breed hybrid plants and animals for selling to farmers, DARD said.


It also realises that organic vegetables, dairy cows, black tiger shrimp, flowers, ornamental fish, and bonsai trees are key products fetching high values.


Tin said with the switchover in crops, the area under flowers and organic vegetables has increased to more than 1,200ha compared to 880ha in 2005.


They are predominantly in Binh Tan, Thu Duc, Cu Chi, and Hoc Mon districts.


He said the city also hopes to increase average income per ha to VND150 million ($9,000) in 2010 and VND300 million in 2020.


DARD reported that the city has 116,000ha of agricultural land, or 60 per cent of its land area.


It has been, however, losing more than 1,000ha of agricultural land to urbanisation and industrial development every year. —

Pollution threatens agriculture: Minister

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said that the environment in Vietnam is getting worse and land and water degradation has become pressing matters.

“If those matters are not handled promptly, it is hard for the agriculture sector to grow sustainably,” Minister Phat said at a conference highlighting the environmental protection in agriculture and rural areas in Hanoi on Oct. 17.

He underlined the need to make the entire agricultural sector aware of environmental effects on agriculture to enable it to tackle outstanding issues relating to pollution, degradation, the effective use and exploitation of natural resources and the protection of biodiversity.

“It is impossible to have a clean agriculture if land, water and the ecological environment are polluted,” Phat emphasised.

The participants discussed the building of environmental standards for the agricultural sector, the development of technologies to treat agricultural wastes, and mechanisms to encourage society to take part in addressing environmental issues.

The agricultural sector has maintained a growth rate of 3.5 percent a year in recent time along side with making up 24 percent of the national GDP and 30 percent of exports, and generating jobs for 60 percent of the national workforce.

But, the agricultural and rural environment have been seriously polluted due to the uncontrolled use of fertilisers and pesticides and untreated wastes discharged by livestock ranches, fish farms and handicraft villages.

A survey conducted recently revealed that rural areas have discharged a total of 100 million tonnes of rubbish to the environment a year, with 30-40 percent of which being collected but not treated appropriately. The figure is predicted to rise to 145 million tonnes by 2010.

An official from the Department of Sciences, Technology and Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said contradictions between economic development requirements and environmental protection and the absence of a legal system to mandate environmental issues are big hindrances for relevant agencies to formulate concrete solutions to environmental matters at a national level.-