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Efforts to reduce post-harvest losses

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm




Efforts to reduce post-harvest losses


QĐND – Monday, October 25, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese Government will offer preferential loans to organisations and individuals for the purchase of machines and equipment to reduce post-harvest losses in the agriculture and aquaculture sectors.


Under a decision approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the State budget will subsidise the total interest rates for these loans in the first two years, and 50 percent from the third year onward.


Borrowers may take out loans equal to the value of the equipment they wish to purchase from the Vietnam Agriculture and Rural Development Bank.


Direct producers, including co-operatives, households and individuals, and businesses who sign contracts with farmers will be eligible for the support.


The decision also stipulates a list of eligible machines and equipment including: dryers; machines used for the cultivation and harvest of rice, coffee tea and sugarcane; and machines used for aquatic production and cold storage.


In addition, domestic production must account for 60 percent of the value of the loan and conform to trade standards, including registered trademarks.


The decision also regulates that organisations, households and individuals who buy grinders and coffee processing machines with waste water treatment systems will qualify for preferential interest rates on investment credit.


Investment projects for the construction of storehouses with capacity totalling four million tonnes will benefit from the low interest rate as well as a land lease exemption and 20 percent of land clearance costs.


The decision stipulates that enterprises will be exempt from paying business income tax in the first three years and reduced to half for the next two years.


The State budget will also cover 100 percent of the expenses for organisations, households and individuals to experiment with high quality rice and maize breeds for the first time.


People who buy patents or register intellectual property rights for farmers’ products will receive the support.


Scientific applications to reduce post-harvest losses will be added to a list of beneficiaries for support from the national technology renewal fund.


Standing Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung has instructed the Southern Food Corporation to complete its plans for construction of a food warehouse system in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Region before June 31, 2012.


The Ministry of Finance will review the land use rights exemption for the project and submit the proposal to the PM for approval.


The corporation will ask investors to complete investment credit loan applications from the Vietnam Development Bank as well as commercial banks to determine their interest in medium-and-long-term loans.


Statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development show that the region has annual productivity of around 20 million tonnes, accounting for 90 percent of the country’s rice exports.


However, it says the total capacity in the region’s warehouses is only 1.5 million tonnes, meeting just 30 percent of demand.


The plan is expected to be an important solution to improve quality and reduce post-harvest losses for the key export item.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

PRRSV, FMD cause losses for breeders in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Rampant diseases among cattle and water-fowl in the central Vietnam including Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) also called blue ear disease and Foot and Mouth Disease(FMD) caused serious losses for breeders there.

Vets in Quang Nam kill diseased pigs (Photo: SGGP)

Diseases struck animals in the central province of Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Da Nang.


Outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in Quang Binh’s district Tuyen Hoa affected 113 cattle of 16 households. Residents said illegally imported animals through Cha Lo border gate. Vets provided 120 liter of chemicals, one ton of lime, 2,500 dozens of vaccine to fight against FMD.


Some 305  FMD cattle have been reported in Ha Tinh’s district Huong Son and Huong Khe. Head of Department of Animal Health Pham Thanh Binh said the disease occurred because farmers have not vaccinated the herds for 15 years. Moreover, cattle is free –ranged with animals of Nghe An and Quang Binh which had reported diseases.


FMD affected 73 pigs and 64 cattle in Quang Ngai’s district Binh Son, Son Tinh, Son Tay and Tu Nghia meanwhile blue ear killed 73 pigs in district Binh Son, said Quang Ngai’s Department of Animal Health.


The department blamed poor awareness and relaxed behaviors to the disease among breeders for outbreaks of the disease. In addition, head of the department said people concealed the disease and purchase drugs to treat animals at homes but a farmer, Nguyen Thi Hoa in Nghia Hoa commune said vets have not warned them of the disease as well as sprayed disinfectants or injected vaccine.

The central city of Da Nang has killed over 2,500 blue ear pigs among nearly 5,400 infected animals while Quang Nam killed over 5,000 pigs. The disease has spread in seven district of Quang Nam. it is alarming that local governments have not strictly controlled transportation, trade, slaughter and consumption of pork products.

Source: SGGP

Natural disasters caused heavy losses in life and property

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm




Natural disasters caused heavy losses in life and property


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

The first and second tropical storms in July, Conson and Chanthu, caused great losses of human lives and resources, and seriously impacted production and the daily lives of the local people.


The General Statistics Office (GSO) says that the natural disasters have left 40 dead and missing and caused a total of VND1,300 billion in property damage. The northern port city of Hai Phong suffered most, with a material loss of about VND1,200 billion.


According to a preliminary report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), more than 100 houses collapsed and about 1,900 more were partially damaged, while nearly 13,000 hectares of rice and other crops were damaged or washed away.


Each year, about 750 people are killed or go missing in Vietnam due to natural disasters, and an estimated 1.5 percent of the nation’s GDP in property is lost. Functional agencies need to increase their forecasting and warning capacity for floods and storms and make more joint efforts in responding to natural disasters.


The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and the National Committee for Search and Rescue should draw up flexible plans to help local people cope with natural calamities to minimise human and material losses.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Binh Thuan dragon fruit in danger of crop losses

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

Thousands hectares of dragon fruit crops in the southern province of Binh Thuan are in danger of failure, as the prolonged drought has led to severe shortages of irrigation water.

A dragon fruit field in Binh Thuan Province

Ham Thuan Nam, one of districts with largest acreage of the fruit, has seen the water level of the Tan Lap and Ba Bau lakes deplete, which has led to the destruction of the valuable crop.


A kilogram of dragon fruit fetches VND10,000-12,000, profiting farmers VND7-8 million per 1,000 square meters of field. The price has tripled since last year.


Binh Thuan, known as the dragon fruit “capital” of Vietnam, grows over 10,000 hectares of fields, which yield 200,000 tons a year.

Source: SGGP

Fertiliser law urged to stop losses

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Russia’s losses in WWII estimated at some 27 million people – paper

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Some 27 million Russians died during the Second World War, a Russian daily said on Thursday, citing estimates by a Russian interdepartmental commission.


According to Vremya Novostey newspaper, the total fatalities of the Soviet Union, both soldiers and civilians, were 26.6 million people, of those an estimated 8,668,400 soldiers died.


Contrary to conventional claims that Russia simply sacrificed its soldiers, the ratio of combat losses of the Red Army to the Wehrmacht was 1.3:1. However, if non-combat losses are taken into account, the ratio changes radically. German losses have been estimated at around 6 million people and its allies (Italy, Austria, Japan, etc.) lost some 806,000.


The commission implemented a new method to estimate fatalities based on archives of troop deployment to military offices and arrivals at the front.


As expected, the current statistics do not differ much from the data from the Armed Forces General Staff provided in 1980s-1990s.


The interdepartmental commission was created on October 23, 2009, by order of the Russian defense minister. The commission includes representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry, the Federal Security Service, the Russian Interior Ministry, the Federal State Statistics Service, and the Russian Archives.


Russia will mark the 65th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany on May 9 with its biggest ever post-Soviet demonstration of military hardware. This year is the first time that troops from other countries will take part in the parade.


The deadliest war ever claimed over 60 million lives in total.


The verified data of Russia’s total losses during the Second World War is expected to be approved by relevant regulations and formally reported to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on May 9, 2010.


 

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Source: SGGP