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Central province to produce fertilizer from waste

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

The Hoi An City People’s Committee in the central province of Quang Nam said September 5 a waste treatment plant would be built on Cham Island and would provide microbiology fertilizer.

A corner of Cu Lao Cham Island in Hoi An waters

The Hoi An administration said a site has been selected to build the 1.2 hectare- plant with the Dannish Government’s funding.

The plant would be designed to deal with one ton of waste per day to turn out microbiology fertilizer.

The project will also include a wastewater treatment system.

Cu Lao Cham Island is the common name for the chain of eight islets near the central Vietnam tourist destination of Hoi An.

It also hosts a diverse ecosystem with more than 500 rare plant species, 228 of which are used in herbal medicine.

Source: SGGP

Country should produce attractive and educational online games

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Many discussions on online games have been held recently to consider the negative imapact they have had on Vietnam’s youth.

Many young people spends much of their time and money playing online games. (Photo: SGGP

People have said that young people have spent much of their time and money playing online games. Violent, sexually explicit games have been blamed for many recent crimes.

Many have argued that the government should ban or limit development of online games.

However, other people said that it is not easy to implement a prohibition of online games. Players can play online games on foreign websites through internet.

The country’s authorities should delegate online game distributors to manage their sector directly. They must submit their management measures to the government for promoting and launching produces.

Online games attract 2-3 million Vietnamese young people.

Along with unwholesome content of many games, several games that are more wholesome have become hits in the country.  Such games require players to have knowledge of Vietnamese culture, history and society.

The government and entrepreneurs should join hands to produce attractive and educational online games to create a modern yet healthy playing field for the youth.

Source: SGGP

Samsung, Avatar director team up to produce 3D content

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and “Avatar” director James Cameron on Friday announced a deal to work together to boost 3D television content.

Under the agreement, Cameron and his crew will make 3D footage of music videos featuring South Korean pop stars that will be used by Samsung to help promote the sale of its 3D televisions worldwide.

Cameron’s 3D blockbuster “Avatar” started a 3D wave in the movie industry and is the world’s highest grossing movie, earning 2.8 billion dollars in ticket sales so far.

Samsung, the world’s largest maker of flat-screen televisions, said it may raise this year’s sales target for 3D TVs given the growing demand.

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and Avatar director James Cameron (pictured) on Friday announced a deal to work together to boost 3D television content

Early this year it targeted around two million sales.

“Demand for 3D TVs is very strong, but the supply is falling short of such a strong demand due to panel shortages. But there is a possibility that the initial two-million sales target may be raised,” Yoon Boo-keun, president of the company’s visual display division, told a news briefing.

On Thursday Cameron told a forum that lack of content was the biggest hurdle to 3D televisions.

The thousands of hours of content which would be needed “will require a revolution in the way TV is produced,” he said.


Source: SGGP

Finding outlets for farm produce needs a revolution

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Finding outlets for farm produce needs a revolution

QĐND – Friday, March 26, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

Farmers across the country are faced with increasing pressures as the prices of several categories of farm produce, such as rice, coffee, cashew nuts, salt and water melons, continue dropping sharply.

Sharp declines in prices cause deep concern among farmers and ministries. The harsh reality of “good harvest, but lost profit” will come back to haunt farmers as long as there is no revolution in production and agricultural development strategy.

There was a time when many lorries carrying out water melons had to wait desperatedly in a long line at the Lang Son border gate and were forced to sell the fruit at VND1,000 per kilogram. With rice, coffee and salt faring no better farmers are sinking into despair.

Several weeks ago, the prices of rice dropped so steeply that the Government decided to buy for reserves to reduce losses for farmers. Salt and coffee share the same story, so the Ministry of Industry and Trade proposed the Government buy for reserves and the Coffee Association asked the Government to purchase 200,000 tonnes.

The problem is that farmers can produce a huge volume of products but are unable to control prices. Vietnam now ranks first or second worldwide in terms of rice and coffee exports, but finds it difficult to manage exports of farm produce.

It is something of paradox that Vietnam pours much investment into producing more products but lacks export markets. Preventive measures should have been put in place before production got underway.

It is easy to see that the weakness of Vietnamese businesses is lack of capital and storehouses, enabling foreign importers to drive down buying prices. Rice is a typical example. Taking advantage of declining rice prices, importers seek to pay at an unreasonably low level.

The agricultural sector drew special attention from the Government, especially when it strictly implemented a programme to link regions and four entities: the State, farmers, scientists and businesses. However, it did not produce as efficiency as expected, and several problems arose. Farmers are still worried, even if they have a bumper crop. Over the past years, the prices of farm produce have not remained stable and the story “good harvest but lost profit” is heard again and again.

Vietnam has not yet devised a mechanism to keep the prices of rice, coffee and other farm produce stable to ensure the farmers’ rights. A proposal to form a mechanism to intervene in a timely fashion when the prices of farm produce drop sharply or to establish a fund to stabilize market prices has not become a reality.

It is clear that finding output markets for agricultural products needs a strategic orientation. Band-aid solutions, such as buying for temporary reserves are insufficient. In addition to a fund, specific strategies need to be employed to get farmers focused on the dynamics of supply and demand and more store houses need to be built.

Thailand has a good experience that Vietnam can learn from. In addition to setting up a modern storehouse system which can store 10 million tonnes of rice, in 2000 Thailand invested nearly US$2 billion in implementing a mechanism to keep rice prices stable. According to the mechanism, farmers can sell their rice to the Government’s agencies at the ceiling prices and can re-buy all their rice within 90 days at an interest rate of 3 percent. As the ceiling price is always higher than the market price, the Government becomes a direct purchaser from farmers and is also in charge of exporting rice through its contracts, bidding or selling on the farm produce exchange.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam eyes bigger share in Russia’s farm produce market

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Moscow (VNA) – Russia is a very important market of Vietnamese farm produce, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Luong Le Phuong while opening a seminar on the foothold of Vietnamese farm, forestry and seafood products in Russia held in Moscow on Sept. 23.

Vietnam earned 239 million USD from the export of the staple to Russia in 2007, of which 118.7 million USD was from seafood alone.

However, only 36 out of Vietnam ’s total 200 seafood processors and exporters have to date sold their products in Russia – a market with more than 142 million people.

Phuong attributed Vietnam ’s modest farm export earnings from Russia to both Vietnamese and Russian businesses’ failure to get to know each other’s demands and capacity.

“There was a time that Vietnamese businesses have concentrated only on the US and EU markets and forgotten the big and potential Russia ,” Phuong admitted.

He said Vietnam will hold a trade promotion seminar in Russia annually in addition to organising market research tours of Vietnam for Russian importers with a view to making the two countries’ businesses better understand their demands and reach deals.

Phuong believed that such efforts will be paid off and two-way trade value between Vietnam and Russia will reach 2-3 billion USD a year from 1 billion USD in 2007, with seafood, rice and tea remaining Vietnam ’s key export lines to Russia.-