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Highest tides in 23 years damage crops, aquaculture ponds

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:21 am

Highest tides in 23 years damage crops, aquaculture ponds

QĐND – Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

The highest tides in 23 years have damaged crops and aquaculture ponds on the southernmost Ca Mau peninsula.

Ca Mau province’s Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre director Tran Tien Dung said high tides and heavy rain had swollen waters in coastal Nam Can district to 1.54 metres and 86 cm in Ca Mau city.

The province’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department reports that sea water surged over dykes in the Dam Doi, Nam Can, Ngoc Hien, Phu Tan districts destroying more than 3,000 ha of shrimp and fish ponds.

About 5,000 ha of rice paddy and plantation was also flooded in the Thoi Binh, U Minh and Tran Van Thoi districts.

High tides from October to the middle of this month have damaged more than 15,800 ha and caused damage estimated at 4.1 billion VND (210,000 USD), reports provincial Irrigation Department director Nguyen Long Hoai.

Three days of high tides and heavy rain has also damaged 53,000 ha of farm land in neighbouring Bac Lieu province.

The province could lose 13,000 ha if the high tides continue, warns the provincial agriculture department.

The high tides, which are expected to continue until this weekend, submerged most of Nga Nam in Soc Trang province.

The 1.6-million-ha Ca Mau peninsular, on the southern tip of Vietnam , includes Can Tho city and Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau provinces as well as part of Kien Giang.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam to send aquaculture experts to Namibia

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 12:55 am

Vietnam to send aquaculture experts to Namibia

QĐND – Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Vietnam will send its aquaculture and marine specialists to Namibia under a tripartite agreement between the two countries and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The agreement signed in Roma on May 11 is part of the South-South development projects that Vietnam has successfully conducted with FAO since 1996.

A series of detailed projects in Namibia will be carried out by FAO and Vietnam following the tripartite agreement.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Jose Maria Sumpsi, Assistant to FAO General Director, hailed Vietnam ’s recent successes, particularly its turning from a food shortage country into a world leading rice exporter.

In aquaculture and fishing, Vietnam obtained significant achievements. In 2009, the Southeast Asian nation ranked sixth on export of aquatic products, fifth on aquaculture output and 12 th on fishing output in the world, the FAO official said.

As a result, FAO trusted in and asked Vietnam to provide Namibia with experiences, technology and a staff of skilled workers in the aquatic sector. The three sides hoped that with Vietnam ’s experiences in the area, the tripartite cooperation model would be successful in the coming time.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND