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Com – a green shade of deliciousness

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:13 am




Com – a green shade of deliciousness


QĐND – Sunday, January 02, 2011, 20:18 (GMT+7)




Much has been said of Vietnam’s obsession with rice. There are rice noodles, rice desserts, rice pancakes and just plain rice… and then, there is com.


Com is no ordinary com. It is freshly harvested sticky rice, with a natural subtle sweetness prized by connoisseurs and gourmet chefs worldwide.


The immature rice kernels are roasted over very low heat and then pounded into flat flakes you see in markets.


Com is most common in the northern region of Vietnam. Visitors to Hanoi often buy small packs of com as souvenir gifts for family and friends.


Com is a traditionally gift to newly-wed couples, and also given during Tet and the mid-autumn festival.


Though it is grown all over Vietnam, the com of Vong village (on the outskirts of Hanoi) is the most prized for its unique flavor and fragrance. Vong villagers closely guard their family secrets of growing, harvesting, and processing the best green rice.


The most important thing when harvesting com is to check the suitability of the rice kernels. The farmer bites into raw grains to check their sweetness. If the rice is as sweet as milk, they are ready for harvest.


Mature grains do not produce the vivid green coloring, and grains that are too young fall apart when pounded.


Com-course meals


In the countryside, com is often steamed in lotus or banana leaf. In cities, it is most commonly used in banh com, a popular green rice cake peddled by street vendors and made in artisan kitchens.


To make the filling for banh com, steam pounded mung beans and caramelize it with sugar over very low heat.


Add shredded coconut, Vietnamese candied lotus seeds or candied winter melon to the caramelized mung beans. Stuff this filling in green rice cakes and wrap each cake in a banana leaf to make banh com.


Another popular green rice dish is cha com – fried ground pork with green rice.


To make cha com, ground pork is first mixed with green rice, fish sauce and pepper, steamed, and then fried until the meat turns brown and crispy.


Specialty restaurants use com in delicacies such as deep-fried shrimp or spring rolls coated with green rice.


Com is also used in the popular dish che com – green rice sweet soup. To make che com, green rice is cooked with arrowroot or Kudzu root powder, rock sugar, and drops of pomelo flower essential oil.


Other sweet com treats include green rice ice-cream and green rice fried with coconut.


Green rice delicacies are fast catching on in foodie circles across Vietnam. Several restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City also feature green rice dishes on menus now.

Source: thanhniennews/ Photo: ngoisao.net


 


Source: QDND

Green production and trade to increase incomes for the rural poor

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm




Green production and trade to increase incomes for the rural poor


QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

About 4,800 poor farming households in Vietnam’s northern provinces of Thanh Hoa, Hoa Binh, Nghe An, and Phu Tho will receive aid worth more than US$4.1 million from the Spain’s fund for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Vietnamese Government to increase incomes and employment opportunities.


The information was given at a press briefing to introduce the “Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor” programme on November 25.


The programme is aimed at increasing the sustainable incomes of raw materials growers and processors, and rural crafts and furniture producing households and enterprises, as well as improving policies and regulatory frameworks at the provincial and national levels for the pro-poor promotion of handicrafts and furniture production.


Scheduled to be implemented over the next three years (2010-2012), the programme is expected to contribute to the completion of the MDGs, the reduction of poverty, the implementation of gender equality, and the sustainable environmental development.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

VietDocs-Vietnam Green Documentary Awards to be launched

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm




VietDocs-Vietnam Green Documentary Awards to be launched


QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

PANO – Young filmmakers in Vietnam are encouraged to shoot short documentaries about environmental issues for a contest at the VietDocs 2011-Vietnam Green Documentary Awards in November.


According to the Goethe Institute in Hanoi, the competition, jointly organised by the German Development Service (DED), InWent, Vietnam National Institute for Documentary and Scientific Films and Channel VTV6, aims to encourage and support younger generation of filmmakers to produce documentaries reflecting environmental problems and impacts of climate change on people’s daily life.


The competition, “Climate Change-Changing My Life”, will see the nationwide participation of young filmmakers and students in the age-group 18-30. Each competitor will submit, at most, a two A4-page topic of climate change and its consequences and local effects.


The topics will be sent to the competition website and be made available to members of the jury. 20 best topics will be selected for the second round and be developed into scripts for short films.


During the competition, applicants will have an opportunity to take part in workshops with a team of German directors to learn more about various stages of short documentary filmmaking and to develop their script and plan the production.


The 20 films, less than 15 minutes each, will be showed at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi, and submitted to the jury in May 2011.


10 films for the final will be screened at the “European Documentary Film Festival” in Hanoi in June 2011.


The award ceremony for three best films will take place during the “European Documentary Film Festival”. Spectators will be invited to vote for which film they find the most well-crafted and interesting.


Along with a US $1,000 reward, the first prize winner will receive an additional budget of US $3,500, at most, to produce a 25-30 minute documentary on the subject, which will be introduced at the Southeast Asia Science Film Festival SEADocs 2012.

Mai Huong

Source: QDND

VN-Index wraps week in green

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 11:53 am

Movements of VN-Index on October 22. (Photo: vietstock.vn)Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index, a gauge of 264 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange struggled to inch up on October 22 thanked to support from penny-chips.

The measure edged up 0.04 percent, or 0.16 points, to close week at 445.21 points.


Trading volume on the city bourse fell by 4.5 percent in volume and 8 percent in value over the previous day as just 27.8 million shares changed hands at VND630 billion.


Among the index members, 77 increased, 129 declined, while 63 stalled.


Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB) was the most active share in volume with 2.29 million shares changing hands, followed by Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC) with 1.29 million shares.


Vietnam Mechanization Electrification & Construction Joint Stock Company (MCG) came next with 593,410 shares.


National Seed Joint Stock Company (NSC) grew 4.94 percent to trade at VND34,000.


An Giang Fisheries Import & Export Joint Stock Company (AGF) gained the first time in three days, climbing 4.88 percent to VND25,800.


The newly listed Hoang Quan Consulting – Trading – Service Real Estate Corporation (HQC) advanced 4.84 percent to VND32,500.


Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV) extended its losing streak to 16 consecutive days, erasing 4.98 percent to VND19,100.


Herbal medicine producer Traphaco Joint Stock Company (TRA) recoiled 4.94 percent to VND40,400.


Becamex Infrastructure Development Joint Stock Company (IJC) retreated for four straight days, giving up 4.92 percent to VND17,400.


The Hanoi’s HNX-Index pruned 1.23 points, or 1.09 percent, to 111.32 points. Trading volume on the northern bourse plunged to nearly 21 million shares worth VND74.12 billion, a slide of 15.58 percent in volume and 15.16 percent in value over the previous day.


Meanwhile, the UPCoM-Index added up 0.06 points to 43 points this morning. A total of 115,475 shares were changed hands at VND1.6 billion.

Source: SGGP

German businesses join Green Office programme

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm




German businesses join Green Office programme


QĐND – Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The German Business Association (GBA) in Vietnam, in coordination with World Wildlife Fund for Nature Vietnam (WWF Vietnam), on October 12th announced that they will encourage and support its member businesses to carry out the WWF Green Office programme.


Alexander Bischoff, Chairman of GBA Vietnam said the programme will help increase awareness of environmental protection and energy saving among its member firms.


The World Bank estimates that Vietnam may lose up to 5.5% of GDP due to environmental pollution and energy waste each year and the country also has to spend around US$780 million on community health care due to diseases related to environment pollution.


Launched in 1997 in Finland, the WWF Green Office programme has been assisting businesses and organisations in creating simple but practical changes on their working environment as well as employees’ working behaviour in order to minimise the impacts of climate change.


Source: thesaigontimes


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Ethnic minorities go green

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm




Ethnic minorities go green


QĐND – Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong have agreed to work together to fight against climate change.


More than 5,500 people, who were primarily from the Co Ho ethnic group, along with 24 interlocutors from the United Nation Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) are currently working together on a sustainable development plan, after 78 village meetings.


The REDD programme aims to establish projects that provide a financial incentive to locals who preserve the forest for carbon credits. The programme was established during the 11th Convention of the Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that was held in Montreal , Canada , in 2005. Viet Nam has been the first UN-REDD pilot country.


The local residents of Di Linh district’s Bao Thuan commune are hosting one of UN-REDD’s two pilot projects in the country. Participating locals have already received educational material about climate change, REDD and UN-REDD activities that will be implemented in the area.


“It is not easy to make people here understand the UN-REDD programme and the benefits that they will reap from the project,” said K’ Bril, deputy chief of Bao Thuan commune.


“We are people of the forest, we have loved the forest for our entire lives, but now we really understand the importance of the ecosystem,” said K’ Breoh, a local resident.


“The forest is like our lungs that provides us with cool air and a fresh environment,” said K’ Breoh. “Without it, we will suffer from hot weather and flooding.”


K’ Breoh suggested that the programme managers and government leaders pay more attention to the locals’ concerns.


Living in the Central Highlands, most of ethnic communities grow coffee and corn, which often leads to illegal deforestation.


Local communities have been instructed to begin reforesting the area, which might have an adverse effect on their income.


“We have agreed to take part in the programme, but we also hope that our leaders will bring more jobs here,” said K’ Breoh. “A regular and stable income will allow us to reforest the area with a peaceful mind because we won’t have to worry about feeding our family.”


“The results that we have pocketed are not considerable because it is the very first step of the programme so we still need help from the local government leaders,” said Pham Minh Thoa, UN-REDD national programme director.


If the pilot programme in Lam Dong province is effective then UN-REDD plans to continue working in the area.


“People understand the importance of the forest because it provides sustenance to the communities that live there,” said Hua Duc Nhi, deputy minister of the Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).


“UN-REDD is a new programme in Viet Nam and I hope it will support people to improve their living standards.”


Viet Nam has recently received 4.5 million USD from the Norwegian government for the programme which are being implemented by MARD in collaboration with three UN agencies, UNDP, FAO and UNEP.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

VN-Index swims upstream to finish in green

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:30 am

Movements of VN-Index on July 19. (Photo: vietstock.vn)Stocks on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange successfully escaped a losing trend on July 19, as investors increased trading by the end of the session.

VN-Index, a measure of 247 companies and four mutual funds on the city bourse, inched up 0.12 percent, or 0.63 points, to finish at 506.84 points.


Among the index members, 80 stocks advanced, 109 fell, while 62 remained unchanged. Liquidity on the trading floor fell by 6 percent over last weekend, as around 43.4 million shares changed hands at a value of VND1.27 trillion.


Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB) led the list of most active shares in volume the fifth day with 2.34 million changing hands.


Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC) tagged along with 1.94 million shares trading up 4.99 percent.


Sugar producer Société De Bourbon Tay Ninh (SBT) came in third with 1.6 million shares.


Lam Son Sugar Joint Stock Corporation (LSS), Petro Vietnam Low Pressure Gas Distribution Joint Stock Company (PGD) and Viettronics Tan Binh Joint Stock Company (VTB) all climbed 5 percent to VND35,700, VND42,000, and VND18,900 respectively.


From April 15 to June 15, Le Van Tam, chairman of Lam Son Sugar Joint Stock Corporation (LSS), had registered to buy 100,000 shares. He just purchased only 9,000 shares because prices were not as expected, increasing his current holdings to 359,590 shares, accounting for nearly 1.2 percent of the company’s chartered capital.


Hanoi P&T Construction & Installation Joint Stock Company (HAS) surged 4.97 percent to VND16,900.


On July 11, Robert Alexander Stone, a major shareholder of Hanoi P&T Construction & Installation Joint Stock Company (HAS) registered to sell 251,070 shares but was not able to sell because prices did not reach expected levels. His holdings were at 641,070 shares, accounting for 8.01 percent of the company’s chartered capital.


The Dongnai-based mining company Hoa An Joint Stock Company (DHA) gave up 34.48 percent to land at VND30,600. The company will pay dividends for current shareholders in cash with a ratio of 20 percent, and issue 5,020,468 additional shares with a ratio of 50 percent on August 12.


Construction company De Tam Joint Stock Company (DTA) retreated 4.92 percent to VND30,900.


Godaco Seafood Joint Stock Company (AGD) slumped 4.87 percent to VND37,100.


The Hanoi’s HNX-Index failed to make a U-turn, losing 0.75 points, or 0.47 percent, to close at 160.37. Trading volume rose slightly to 42.3 million shares, worth VND1.24 trillion.


The UPCoM trading floor applied the continuous auction for the first day. However, liquidity had not improved after two hours of trading. The index of unlisted shares contracted 1.39 points, or 2.31 percent, to 58.7. Around 1.2 million shares were traded at VND22.1 billion, as of 11:15 am local time.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam wins Global Green Energy awards

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm




Vietnam wins Global Green Energy awards


QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and Holland’s Development Organization (SNV) have been granted the Global Green Award 2010 for their biogas project.


The cooperation between the two organizations has created favourable conditions for the sustainable expansion of biogas technology in Vietnam.


The project was initiated in 2003, aiming to build 168,000 biogas works by 2012. By 2009, the project had reduced nearly 167,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the air every year.


According to MARD, 78,000 biogas works have been built that benefit about 390,000 farmers in Vietnam.


Each biogas project built for a family breeding 10-15 pigs will help them save up to VND6 million in fuel costs every year, says Nguyen Xuan Duong, deputy director general of MARD’s  Livestock Breeding Department.


Source: VOV





Source: QDND

Vietnam wins Global Green Energy awards

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm




Vietnam wins Global Green Energy awards


QĐND – Sunday, July 04, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and Holland’s Development Organization (SNV) have been granted the Global Green Award 2010 for their biogas project.


The cooperation between the two organizations has created favourable conditions for the sustainable expansion of biogas technology in Vietnam.


The project was initiated in 2003, aiming to build 168,000 biogas works by 2012. By 2009, the project had reduced nearly 167,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the air every year.


According to MARD, 78,000 biogas works have been built that benefit about 390,000 farmers in Vietnam.


Each biogas project built for a family breeding 10-15 pigs will help them save up to VND6 million in fuel costs every year, says Nguyen Xuan Duong, deputy director general of MARD’s  Livestock Breeding Department.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam International Fashion Fair 2010 focuses on green environment

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

The annual Vietnam International Fashion Fair 2010 (VIFF 2010) promoting local garment and textile companies to domestic and foreign partners will take place at the Ho Chi Minh City International Exhibition and Convention Center from July 3 to 9.

Vietnam International Fashion Fair 2010 will take place at HCMC Interntional Exhibition and Convention Center from July 3 to 9. 

The cotton tree, which has been regarded as a main material in clothing production for hundreds of years, has been chosen as the subject for the 8th annual event’s theme of “Green environment.”


The week-long fair also aims to present images of the organizers, which include the Vietnam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), the Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) and the Leather and Footwear Association (Lefaso).

The fair is a chance for local garment and textile firms to advertise the quality of their trademarks to local consumers and foreign partners. It also highlights the export potential of Vietnam’s garment and textile industry to world leaders in the garment and textile trade.

150 companies with 350 booths including leading garment makers like Viet Tien, Viet Thang, Phuong Dong, Phong Phu and Nha Be will join the event and will exhibit their high-quality products at nightly fashion shows.


There will be seminars on topics such as 2011 fashion trends, building fashion brands, developing distribution systems in Vietnam and growing cotton.

Source: SGGP