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Zero percent tax on Cambodia’s rice, tobacco

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

Zero percent tax on Cambodia’s rice, tobacco

QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) has decided to apply import tariff of zero percent on rice and tobacco imported from Cambodia under quota for 2010 and 2011 between November 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011.

Accordingly, 250,000 tonnes of rice equivalent and 3,000 tonnes of dry tobacco leaves imported from Cambodia in 2010 and 2011 will enjoy zero percent tariff rate.

Beneficiaries are requested to submit Cambodian certificates of origin and import the products via Vietnamese border gates namely Le Thanh in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai; Hoa Lu in the southern province of Binh Phuoc; Moc Bai, Xa Mat, Trang Riec, Ca Tum, Phuoc Tan in the southern province of Tay Ninh; and Binh Hiep in the southern province of Long An.

The decision will take effect from Jan. 17, 2011.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

A ton of rice for people on Ly Son Island

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 12:19 am

More than 5.8 million tonnes of rice exported in ten months

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Providing 400 tonnes of rice and 1,000 cows to central flood victims

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Philippines, Norway vaults saving rice diversity

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm

AFP/File – A farmer separates rice grains from husks on a farm near Manila.

LOS BANOS, Philippines (AFP) – In a greenhouse near the Philippine capital, botanists grow strange grasses that bear tiny seeds which are promptly flown to a doomsday vault under Norway’s Arctic permafrost.

The Norway deliveries are just the newest facet of a decades-old effort by more than 100 countries to save the world’s many varieties of rice which might otherwise be lost.

A fire-proof, quake-proof, typhoon-proof gene bank set up by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines in 1962 now holds 115,000 varieties of one of the world’s most important grains.

“We’ve got genes stored which could potentially help us increase the yields of rice, improve pest tolerance and disease resistance, and help us address the effects of climate change,” IRRI geneticist Fiona Hay said.

The rice varieties are grown at IRRI’s sprawling complex at the university town of Los Banos, two hours’ drive south of Manila, so that they can be provided — free of charge — to farmers or governments around the world.

Yet Hay said that rice varieties were constantly being lost forever, despite the preservation efforts of IRRI, a non-profit organisation funded by governments, multilateral banks and philanthropists.

Such losses are under a global spotlight this week as delegates from more than 190 countries meet at a UN summit in Nagoya, Japan, to map out a strategy to stop the world’s rapid loss of biodiversity in all plants and animals.

A rice variety can easily vanish due to pests, disease, drought or other natural disasters like a cyclone, or if for some reason farmers simply stop planting it, Hay said.

Not just urbanisation, but even farming can push wild rice varieties into extinction.

And while some countries run their own gene banks, they are not always successful in preserving seeds. In the tropics, high humidity causes rice seeds to spoil after several years, Hay said.

At the IRRI gene bank in the Philippines, seeds are stored in dry and cool conditions and can remain usable for up to 40 years.

The institute keeps its base collection in tiny, sealed, bar-coded aluminium cans in a room kept at a temperature well below freezing.

They include a Malaysian variety that was collected soon after the gene bank opened in 1962, some reed-like Latin American ones that grow taller than a man, and Indian varieties that look more like crawling weeds.

Duplicates in small foil sachets of about 400 seeds each are stored in a separate vault kept at two degrees Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit) and low humidity for passing on to those who need them for farming or research.

Given the importance of the collection, extra insurance is always desirable — hence the rice gene bank being duplicated in Svalbard, Norway, Hay told AFP on a tour last week of the Philippine facility.

Since the Svalbard seed vault opened in February 2008, IRRI has reproduced 70,000 of its own grains and sent them in tiny freeze-dried aluminium cans to northern Norway, in a series of flights that take four days.

One final delivery of about 40,000 varieties is due to be flown out from Manila airport this week to complete the project.

The seeds include those no longer grown by farmers, plus 4,000-odd weeds with genes harnessed by scientists to make the rice plant more aromatic and more resistant to pests and disease, and tolerant of drought and saltwater.

Once completed, the Norway facility will act as a further backup to a US Department of Agriculture vault in Colorado that already holds duplicates of IRRI’s seeds.

IRRI has in particular helped Cambodia’s farmers to recover from the ravages of war. The Khmer Rouge regime killed millions of people — many through starvation — and forced farmers to grow only certain rice varieties in the 1970s.

Flora de Guzman, senior research manager of the gene bank, said she had once processed a request by Cambodia to send back seeds for about 500 of their native rice varieties.

“They lost the materials during the war. We had the collection here, so between 1981 and 1989 we repatriated the varieties that they lost,” she said.

Source: SGGP

Rice prices go up but enterprises commit to meeting domestic demand

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Rice prices go up but enterprises commit to meeting domestic demand

QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:14 (GMT+7)

The information about the rice price increases in the world market has promptly pushed the domestic prices up. Meanwhile, enterprises have been told to get ready to stabilize the market, in case the “price fever”, the thing that once occurred in 2008, returns.

Sales agents in HCM City have raised the retail prices by 3,000-10,000 dong per kilo for every five-kilo bag. Especially, Thai sticky rice is now selling at over 30,000 dong per kilo, or 8,000 dong per kilo higher than previously. Scented sticky rice is being sold at 60,000 dong per kilo, an increase of 12,000 dong per kilo.

Huynh Cong Thanh, Director of Foocosa Company in HCM City, said that the domestic prices have increased because of the higher input materials. For example, first class rice (5 percent of broken rice), which was traded at 7,000-7,100 dong per kilo, is being sold at 7,450 dong. Meanwhile, it is now the time for Vietnamese exporters to deliver products to importers. Some countries are pushing up rice purchases, including Iraq (60,000 tons) and Cuba (200,000 tons).

Thanh said the demand has increased sharply recently. Previously, the shops of Foocosa chain sold 12-15 tons a day, while they sell 25 tons a day now.

Chair of the Vietnam Food Association Truong Thanh Phong said the world market seems to be stable but the imbalance in supply and demand can be seen in some regions. It is now clear that some countries plan to import rice in big quantities, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and African countries.

The sharp rice price increases have raised the worry that the “rice fever” which once occurred in 2008, may return. At that time, people, fearing that the rice supply would become short since enterprises boost exports, rushed to purchase rice to store up. As the result, some big cities seriously suffered from the lack of rice, while enterprises could not carry rice from other provinces at once.

“You should learn the lesson from the 2008 rice price fever. Not only the enterprises in Hanoi and HCM City but also the ones in rural areas have to get ready to stabilize the market when troubles occur,” said Phong.

Thanh has reassured the public that Foocosa is still selling normal rice at no more than 8,000 dong per kilo as it has committed, while scented rice price is being at 10,500 dong per kilo. Foocosa still has 5,000 tons of rice in stocks to be provided to the shops in the city. If troubles occur, Foocosa will carry rice from other provinces to HCM City.

Nguyen Thanh Nhan, Deputy General Director of Saigon Co-op, said the prices of food and necessities available at Saigon Co-op chain remain stable. The prices of some products such as canned food, drinks have just increased slightly.

Le Ngoc Dao, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade, said the city’s authorities are following a plan to stabilize the market. To date, the prices of the most essential goods remain stable, while the supply remains profuse.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

3,000 year old rice current variety

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:54 am

Rice grains, supposed to date back to about 3,000 years ago at Den Citadel relic site in Hanoi’s Me Linh District, are in fact a current rice variety, scientists said at a seminar held by the Agricultural Genetics Institute on Tuesday.

Den Citadel rice is about to be harvested (Photo: Thanh Nien)

AND analysis indicates that the rice grains are completely similar with Khang Dan, a current rice variety, said Dr. Luu Minh Cuc from the institute.

Vietnamese archaeologists found the rice grains at the Den Citadel relic site in May.

Thanh Den is a well-known Vietnamese archaeological site. Seven excavations have taken place at the site since 2001.


Source: SGGP

Rice exports hit 5.4 million tonnes

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:55 am

Rice exports hit 5.4 million tonnes

QĐND – Saturday, October 09, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Vietnam exported nearly 5.4 million tonnes of rice worth over 2.2 billion USD in the first nine months of the year, representing respective increases of 8.51 percent in volume and 12 percent in value.

According to the Vietnam Food Association (VFA), the average price of Vietnamese rice reached over 422 USD per tonne, up 16.43 USD per tonne compared with the same period of last year.

Between July 15 and September 15, businesses bought over 972,000 tonnes of rice, fulfilling 97.21 percent of the target of having one million tonnes in reserve.

VFA plans to ship 1.2 million tonnes of rice in the fourth quarter of 2010, raising the total export rice volume in the year to 6.6 million tonnes.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Gov’t provides rice to drought-stricken localities

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Gov’t provides rice to drought-stricken localities

QĐND – Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has decided to allocate 7,100 tonnes of rice from national reserves as relief aid to four provinces, which were hit by drought early this year.

About 3,000 tonnes of rice will be provided to Quang Nam, 3,000 tonnes to  Binh Dinh, 600 tonnes to Da Nang and 500 tonnes to Khanh Hoa. The four localities have been assigned to deliver rice to residents suffering the consequences of the drought. 

Under the decision, the PM states that from now on, the government will only provide hard-hit provinces with rice from national reserves when the local budget is not enough to support people with financial difficulties.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

National rice relieves poor households

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

National rice relieves poor households

QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:27 (GMT+7)

The Finance Ministry provided as many as 40,000 tonnes of rice in aid relief to poverty-stricken households throughout the country in the first half of this year.

The rice was taken from the national reserve, which has so far this year stockpiled more than 140,000 tonnes of rice, said the ministry.

The recent beneficiaries were those from the central province of Quang Ngai , who received a total of 2,929 tonnes of rice.

Earlier in June, the disadvantaged in the central province of Nghe An got 3,000 tonnes of rice and the northern province of Lao Cai , 220 tonnes.

In May, 7,882 tonnes of rice from the national reserve were allocated to the northern province of Bac Kan , Thai Binh and Ha Giang and the central province of Thanh Hoa and Quang Binh.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND