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Biden says US may stay in Afghanistan after 2014

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:06 am

KABUL (AFP) – US Vice President Joe Biden stressed Tuesday that his country’s troops could stay in Afghanistan after 2014 if Afghans want them to, on day two of a surprise visit to the war-torn nation.

Speaking after talks with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Biden said: “We’re not leaving if you (Afghans) don’t want us to leave”.

But he also emphasised that the planned handover of responsibility for security from international troops to Afghan forces in four years, agreed at a NATO summit in November, was on track.

AFP file – US Vice President Joe Biden (C) talks with a US soldier as US General David Petraeus (2nd L) looks on at a US base in Maidan Shar Wardak province.

“It’s not our intention to govern or to nation-build — as President Karzai often points out, this is the responsibility of the Afghan people,” Biden told reporters at a press conference.

“We stand ready to help you in that effort and we’ll continue to stand ready to help you in that effort after 2014.”

A senior White House official said Biden was not announcing a change in policy.

“The vice president was simply restating for the public what he had said to the president (Karzai) which was that the United States wants an enduring partnership with Afghanistan,” the official said.

There are about 97,000 United States troops serving in Afghanistan as part of an international force of some 140,000.

Limited, conditions-based withdrawals are due to start in July ahead of the scheduled 2014 transition.

In 2010, coalition troops suffered their bloodiest year yet in Afghanistan with 711 deaths, according to the website, while opinion polls suggest increasing numbers of Americans want their troops to come home.

Biden said Afghanistan was now in a “new phase” and insisted that Taliban momentum had been “largely arrested” in key areas such as the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar.

His comments came despite several recent attacks in the south, seen as the focus of the war, including a suicide bombing at a bath house in Kandahar province last week which killed 17 people.

“We have a strategy and the resources in place to accomplish the goal of a stable and a growing and an independent Afghanistan able to provide for its own security,” Biden said.

But he added that gains made were “fragile and reversible and the president knows that sustaining them is going to require the Afghans to improve… security and governance”.

Karzai said he and Biden had held one-to-one talks that lasted one hour and 45 minutes.

“We discussed the transition process in 2014 and how best to proceed with it. We had a good discussion, it made me happy,” Karzai told the press conference, which came a day after Biden’s surprise arrival in Afghanistan.

Biden held talks and had lunch with Karzai after visiting a training facility for Afghan security forces just outside Kabul. He later met US troops serving in Wardak province, central Afghanistan, plus local officials.

Shortly after arriving late Monday, Biden spent nearly two hours with the commander of international troops in Afghanistan, US General David Petraeus, and US ambassador Karl Eikenberry.

A US official travelling with Biden said the vice president’s trip came at a “pivot point” for the US in Afghanistan, adding it would allow Biden to review progress towards handing responsibility for security to Afghan forces.

The complex relations between the Western-backed government in Kabul and the US were laid bare by recent comments by Karzai accusing foreign countries of meddling in Afghanistan.

And last month, whistleblowing website WikiLeaks published leaked cables in which Eikenberry described Karzai as sometimes “paranoid and weak”.

The ambassador also reportedly highlighted corruption among key government officials in Afghanistan.

The visit, Biden’s first to Afghanistan since taking office, was not pre-announced due to security concerns, although Karzai was informed of the trip last week, the US official told reporters.

Biden’s trip began four days after the US announced it was sending an extra 1,400 Marines to southern Afghanistan, seen as the heart of the Taliban insurgency, in a bid to pre-empt an expected spring offensive in April or May.

Source: SGGP

Coal prices, electric rates to stay stable, vows ministry

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

Coal prices, electric rates to stay stable, vows ministry

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

Coal and power prices would not go up in the first quarter of 2011, said the head of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) Price Management Department, Nguyen Tien Thoa.

The ministry had taken the decision because prices of these two utilities often had a knock-on effect on other goods and services, which could lead to an unwanted general price rise, said Thoa at a press conference on Friday.

“Price fluctuations often occur at the end of the year owing to increased demand. Therefore, from now until early next year, MoF will focus on resolving difficulties in production. We want to balance supply and demand and to avoid any shortages, essentially in underprivileged areas.”

According to the General Statistics Office, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is likely to hit 11 percent this year. Thoa said weaknesses of the economy had played a part in the increase.

”Growth depends mainly on increased investment but investment remains inefficient and competitiveness is low,” said Thoa at the press conference.

He added that the Ministry of Finance (MoF) had taken numerous steps to help stabilise prices.

“For example, MoF has instructed localities to use local standby budgets to provide non-interest capital for enterprises that trade reserved commodities; this will allow them to sell items at prices 5-10 percent lower than the usual market price,” Thoa said.

Thoa added that MoF had informed localities to delay the purchase of non-essential items to minimise demand-pull inflation.

“These classic solutions are significant if we want price stabilisation.”

MoF’s recent inspections in HCM City and several other southern provinces revealed that these localities had already stockpiled enough essential goods to meet local needs. Localities had also set up sales and distribution networks to better service underprivileged areas.

Thoa added the MoF had provided financial support to help regions facing severe weather to recover short-term vegetable crops and had urged local farmers not to export pigs, which were essential for the New Year holiday.

Forecasts predicted further economic recovery next year, which would lead to the increased demand for production inputs, and have an impact on prices.

“To that end, MoF will continue reforming the market-oriented pricing management mechanism, and respect enterprise and trader’s rights to set their own prices and forms of competition by replacing Pricing Ordinance by Pricing Law,” said Thoa.

“Next year, implementation of the market price scheme should be incorporated into the completion of the goods and service logistics system. We should also strive to reduce production costs and implement policies which ensure underprivileged households have access to basic social services including education, healthcare, and housing.”

Ensuring supplies

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa discussed measures aimed at market stability and ensuring adequate supplies of essential goods during Tet in meeting with officials from the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade last Thursday.

Department deputy director, Le Anh Dao, said firms had stockpiled 15,800 tonnes of rice and sticky rice, almost twice the quantity originally planned for. They had also put aside 9,800 tonnes of sugar (233 percent of the plan), 14,500 tonnes of meat, 5,200 tonnes of fruits and vegetables; and 55 million eggs.

At present, the Co.op Mart supermarket chain has stocks valued at 30 percent more than their planned value.

And it isn’t just firms that have signed up for a city price stabilisation programme that are stocking up; other companies are preparing for the year’s biggest festival which falls in early February this time.

German supermarket chain Metro has food stocks worth 1.1 trillion VND (56.4 million USD).

French supermarket Big C also has large stocks and has promised to keep prices and supply relatively stable for the next two months.

The MoIT has instructed the Department to continue working closely with firms to keep prices of goods like petrol, cement, and food stable during Tet.

Besides the eight essential goods targeted under the programme, authorities should also ensure adequate supply of cakes, candies, and jams for the Lunar New Year, Thoa said.

He said cities needed to ensure that all markets sell goods covered by the price stabilisation programme.

The Department of Transport should also give rush hour priority to vehicles delivering to supermarkets and shopping malls.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Assange vows WikiLeaks to stay strong despite new blow

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the site will stay strong despite another blow to its funding and the publication Sunday of new details of the sex crime allegations against him

 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the site will stay strong despite another blow to its funding and the publication Sunday of new details of the sex crime allegations against him.

The Australian began his third full day under “mansion arrest” at a friend’s house while he fights extradition to Sweden, vowing that the whistleblowing website would continue to publish more secre US diplomatic cables.

Assange on Saturday denounced Bank of America, the largest US bank, for becoming the latest institution to halt financial transactions for Wikileaks after MasterCard, PayPal, Visa Europe and others.

The bank said its decision was “based upon our reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.”

“It’s a new type of business McCarthyism in the US to deprive this organisation of the funds that it needs to survive, to deprive me personally of the funds that my lawyers need to protect me against extradition to the US or to Sweden,” Assange told AFP.

The term was coined to describe the anti-communist pursuits of former US senator Joseph McCarthy from the late 1940s to the 1950s.

Assange is staying at Ellingham Hall, the mansion in eastern England of journalist friend Vaughan Smith, as part of the conditions of bail, which he was granted by London’s High Court on Thursday.

He must also report daily to a nearby police station and wear an electronic tag.

Several British newspapers published lurid new details of the allegations of sexual assault against two women, over which Swedish prosecutors want to question him. The 39-year-old denies the charges.

The Guardian newspaper — which has cooperated with WikiLeaks on the publication of the US documents — and the Mail on Sunday both reported that the two women with whom he had sex in Sweden had gone to police after he refused to take an HIV test.

Assange hit out at Swedish handling of the case, accusing authorities there of leaking fresh details about the case that even he and his defence lawyers have not had access to.

The former computer hacker also reiterated that there were threats against his life and those of the website’s staff, but he vowed that WikiLeaks would continue publishing the cables.

“We are a robust organisation. During my time in solitary confinement we continued to publish every day and its not going to change,” he said.

Assange claimed earlier in an interview with Forbes magazine that a “megaleak” by the website will target a major US bank “early next year”.

WikiLeaks has enraged Washington with its release of thousands of leaked US diplomatic cables and confidential military documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Assange said Friday it looked “increasingly likely” the US would try to extradite him on charges related to the leaked cables as he savoured his first day on bail.

He said his lawyers believed a secret US grand jury investigation had been started into his role in the release.

Media reports suggest that US prosecutors are trying to build a case against Assange on the grounds that he encouraged a US soldier, Bradley Manning, to steal US cables from a government computer and pass them to WikiLeaks.

A report by congressional researchers said the Espionage Act and other US laws could be used to prosecute Assange, but there is no known precedent for prosecuting publishers in such a case.

The latest US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks indicated that the United Nations offered Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe a retirement package and safe haven overseas if he agreed to stand down.

The offer was made by Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general at the time in 2000, said the memo, which was drawn up by US officials and cited the then-opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Source: SGGP

Some private security firms to stay in Afghanistan

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

KABUL, Oct 18 (AFP) – The Afghan government rolled back its plan to disband all private security firms, declaring that those protecting embassies and military bases could maintain those operations in the country.

President Hamid Karzai’s office said firms “providing security for embassies, transport of diplomats, diplomatic residences, international forces’ bases and depots can continue operation within these limits”.

AFP file – Private security officers protect Afghan President Hamid Karzai (2nd L) during a visit to in Bagram Airfield in May 2010.

Karzai in August ordered that all private security contractors operating in the country, both Afghan and international, must cease operations by January 1, 2011, despite a continuing Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgency.

The decree led to widespread concern that the deadline was too tight to find alternatives amid a deteriorating security situation, and fears that some diplomats and private companies would be forced to leave Afghanistan.

While the measure received widespread support in principle, diplomats, military officials and private security contractors have said Karzai’s government has been under intense pressure to reconsider the blanket ban.

In a brief statement Sunday, Karzai’s office said that “concerns expressed by NATO commanders and foreign embassies about the dissolution of private security companies” had been considered.

Firms not involved in military or diplomatic security would be dissolved as planned, it said.

“Other private security companies pose a serious threat to internal security and national sovereignty, and the dissolution process will continue with no exception,” the statement said.

Afghan officials have said that more than 50 private security firms, about half of them Afghan, employ tens of thousands of armed personnel across the country.

Following the collapse of the Taliban regime in a US-led invasion in 2001 private security firms rushed in to fill a vacuum created by a lack of adequately trained police and army forces.

In 2006 the Afghan authorities began registering, regulating and licensing the firms but there have been questions about the activities of some.

The companies provide security to the international forces, the Pentagon, the UN mission, aid and non-governmental organisations, embassies and Western media companies in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government earlier this month formally banned eight foreign private security firms, including Xe, the controversial company formerly called Blackwater.

Executives with private security firms have refused to speak publicly about the ban, but have said that visas for some employees have been cancelled as part of the dissolution process.

Some have also said that clients had expressed concerns about the ban, as the insurgency spreads across the country and foreign construction and aid contractors are targeted by the Taliban.

But Karzai has accused the security companies of running an “economic mafia” based around “corruption contracts” favoured by the international community.

He has said the firms duplicate the work of the Afghan security forces and divert much-needed resources, while Afghans criticise the private guards as overbearing and abusive, particularly on the country’s roads.

Critics have said the tight deadline would not allow enough time to negotiate an alternative to private contractors in a country were security is a priority and police are generally not trusted.

Karzai’s spokesman Waheed Omer said earlier this month that the ban would not immediately affect companies dealing with the training of national security forces or guards operating inside buildings to provide protection.

“The focus is on those security companies which are protecting the highways, protecting transport caravans — those areas other than the training of Afghan security forces or protecting the internal premises of international organisations or embassies, or others,” he said.

Omer said security had improved along some highways since the ban on private guards operating as escorts for supply convoys in those areas.

Xe, formerly Blackwater, gained notoriety in Iraq after guards protecting a convoy opened fire in a busy Baghdad square in September 2007, killing as many as 17 civilians.

Last month two former Blackwater security guards went on trial in the United States, accused of the murder of two Afghan citizens in a 2009 shooting.

Source: SGGP

Japanese investors stay put in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Japanese investors stay put in Vietnam

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

Vietnam continues to be an attractive destination for Japanese investors, said the third Vietnam-Japan economic seminar in Tokyo on August 3.

The seminar entitled “Japan’s overseas investment tendencies – Vietnam’s case” was attended by more than 70 Japanese economic experts and business people as well as visiting Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong.

Addressing the seminar, senior economic expert Saori Sugeno from the Daiwa Institute of Research (DIR) of Japan said that Vietnam remains the second attractive destination for Asian investors, following China, and is becoming an important production workshop for the global supply system.

Investors have chosen Vietnam to reduce the risks of investing too much in China, said Sugeno, adding that they are also encouraged by increasing consumer spending and the recent launch of a series of large-scaled infrastructure development projects.

He, however, suggested the Vietnamese Government soon build a legal corridor for the public-private partnership model to attract more private capital for the State’s infrastructure projects.

The Vietnamese Government should further improve the investment environment as well as develop the capital market to attract indirect foreign investment and infrastructure investment funds, he added.

Deputy Director of the Asian and Ocean Division under the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)’s Overseas Research Development Bureau Yuichi Bamba laid stress on socio-political stability, a large market with a high growth potential and an abundant and cheap workforce as Vietnam’s major advantages.

He quoted the results of JETRO’s recent studies which showed labour cost in Vietnam is the lowest compared with other ASEAN nations and the majority of Japanese businesses operating in Vietnam in 2010 are optimistic about business prospect in Vietnam after the global economic crisis.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Bangkok to stay under emergency rule after blast: PM

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 3:18 am

BANGKOK, July 27, 2010 (AFP) – Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Tuesday that the authorities would maintain emergency rule in the capital following a deadly bombing over the weekend.

“I think Bangkok will remain under the state of emergency while the government will gradually lift the law in other provinces,” he told reporters after meeting security officials.

The bomb, which killed one person and wounded 10, exploded at a bus stop in the same commercial district occupied by anti-government “Red Shirt” protesters during a two-month-long rally that ended with an army crackdown in May.

The main opposition Puea Thai party accused government supporters of setting off the bomb, which shattered an uneasy calm in the capital since the army crushed the Red Shirts’ mass protests.

The government has come under pressure from the United States and rights groups to end a state of emergency still in place across one-fifth of the country.

Authorities have used the powers — introduced in Bangkok on April 7 — to arrest hundreds of Red Shirt suspects and silence anti-government media.

The protests by the Reds, many of whom back fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, attracted up to 100,000 people demanding immediate elections.

Ninety people died and about 1,900 were injured in a series of street clashes between armed troops and demonstrators.

Source: SGGP

Hotels stay optimistic in low season

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:02 am

Hotels stay optimistic in low season

QĐND – Monday, July 12, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The number of international tourists to Vietnam has once again risen sharply, allowing the domestic tourism industry to maintain a high growth rate. This also helps hotels stay optimistic, even though it is the low season for receiving international tourists.

Grant Thornton, a consultancy service provider, released a report that showed 32 percent of 7500 representatives of private enterprises in Vietnam have become more confident in the hotel business this year.

The report revealed that in 2010, up to 40 percent of hotel enterprises hope that their revenue will increase by 19 percent, plus a total of 30 percent of hotels think their profit will increase by 7 percent over 2009. The difficulties of 2009 have prompted hotels to slash room rates by 31.9 percent to attract clients.

In the first half of 2010, Vietnam attracted 2.51 million international tourists, an increase of 32.6 percent in comparison with the same period of 2009. Meanwhile, the number of domestic travelers was 17 million, equal to 2/3 of the total for all of 2009.

Kenneth Atkinson, Managing Director of Grant Thornton, explained that increasing confidence in Vietnam’s hotel market is proven by foreign companies seeking opportunities to manage more hotels and new projects.

Atkinson told Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon that, in general, confidence in the hotel business is much higher than in 2009. Accor, the leading hotel management group in Europe, has announced that it will manage at least 12 hotel projects under construction in Vietnam.

Patrick Basset, Deputy President of Accor and in charge of markets in Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan, explained that the group can see big opportunities, not only for five-star hotels, but for four and three-star hotels as well. Currently, Accor is managing 14 hotels in Vietnam, including Sofitel, MGallery, Novotel and Mercure.

Atkinson added that foreign hotel management groups want to expand operations in Vietnam this year, because the number of foreign tourists to Vietnam has increased again and domestic tourism maintains high growth rates

According to Savills Vietnam, the real estate service provider, the average hotel room occupancy of 3-5 star hotels in HCM City was 65 percent in the second quarter of 2010, dropping from 72 percent in the first quarter. The second quarter also marks the low season for tourism in Vietnam.

Tash Tobias, Hotel Director of InterContinental Asiana Saigon Complex, agreed that hotel occupancy in the second quarter is generally lower than the first.

Tobias hopes that the occupancy of InterContinental Asiana Saigon will continue expanding every quarter in 2010 because she can see positive signs of the national economic recovery, and she believes that Vietnam is an attractive destination for foreign tourists.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Britain gives US strongest pledge to stay in war

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

 Britain’s new government publicly assured the United States on Tuesday that it remains committed to its central role in the war in Afghanistan, despite heavy losses in what U.S. defense chief Robert Gates called the “absolute middle of the thick of the fight.”

Britain’s new coalition government is considered less invested in the eight-year Afghan war than its Labour predecessor, and eager to offer an exit plan to a public increasingly impatient with the stalemate.

British Defense Minister Liam Fox said that upon taking the job last month, “the first question I asked myself was, ‘Should we be in Afghanistan?'”

“The answer had to be, of course, yes. We still have a national security imperative,” Fox said.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, is greeted by British Defense Secretary Liam Fox, right, in London, Tuesday, June 8, 2010. At center is protocol officer Mark Corbet Burcher

That was a relief to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, standing beside Fox following a meeting that also focused on the Iranian nuclear threat.

The Obama administration needs Britain most among its allies in Afghanistan as it expands the war this year and then looks for ways to shrink it in 2011.

With 9,500 forces in Afghanistan, Britain has the second-largest number of forces in the war after the United States. Britain helps manage the war’s heaviest fighting across southern Afghanistan and has also been a leader in recruiting help for the war from NATO nations, where the fight has always been unpopular.

“We’re committed to seeing it through to resolution,” Fox said.

Gates praised British forces for bravery and resolve in volatile Helmand Province.

British soldiers are in the absolute thick of the middle of the fight,” Gates said.

The Obama administration and war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal bruised British feelings several months ago with a reorganization of war headquarters that many British military officials saw as insensitive or heavy-handed.

Fox all but dismissed the notion that British forces might be asked to expand next door to Kandahar Province as the U.S.-dominated coalition expands the war there this summer.

A full British pullout never seemed likely after opposition leaders David Cameron and Nick Clegg defeated Labour’s Gordon Brown, but allies including the U.S. have been waiting for an unequivocal statement.

When Fox visited Afghanistan last month he said he hopes to speed the withdrawal of British troops from the country.

“We have to reset ambitions and timelines,” he said then, adding in an interview with the Times newspaper that he “would like the forces to come back as soon as possible.”

On Tuesday, Fox said only that “we do not wish to be in Afghanistan any longer than we have to to fulfill the conditions that we set ourselves.”

Source: SGGP

Vietnam power prices to stay constant until year-end

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Vietnam power prices to stay constant until year-end

QĐND – Sunday, June 06, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Power prices in Vietnam will be kept unchanged through the end of this year in an attempt to control consumer prices in the country, a finance ministry official has said.

Coal prices for the power sector will also be stabilized during this period, Nguyen Tien Thoa, head of the Price Management Department under the Ministry of Finance, said in a report published Saturday by local news website VietNamNet.

According to the department, the prices of many products and materials that have to be imported, including fuel, steel billet and plastic, have surged sharply, putting pressure on prices of consumer goods.

Another factor that has a huge impact on the prices is a 6.8 percent increase in retail electricity prices in March, the department said.

Consumer prices climbed 9.05 percent in May from a year earlier, according to the General Statistics Office. The consumer price index of the first five months rose 4.55 percent compared to December last year.

Source: Thanh Nien 

Source: QDND

HCM City: dairy farmers cannot afford to stay in business

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

HCM City: dairy farmers cannot afford to stay in business

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

“We are incurring heavy loss when breeding milk cows,” a lot of milk cow breeding farms in HCM City voiced the same complaint during a meeting with the HCM City Agriculture and Rural Development Department late last week.

Tran Van Lien, a farmer in Binh Chanh District in HCM City, provided noteworthy figures about what he got after one year of breeding milk cows. Lien said that he had to spend 25 million dong per milk cow a year, including 23 million dong on animal feed. Meanwhile, he got 4500 kilogrammes of milk. Dairy producers purchase milk at 7000 dong per kilo on average, Lien’s profit is 3.5 million dong.

According to Lien, in his herd of 20-30 cows, only 15-20 cows give milk. Therefore, the money he got from selling milk was not high enough to feed the whole herd of cows.

HCM City Farmers’ Association conducted a survey on 200 milk cow farming households in the city, the total expenses for every kilogramme of fresh milk is as high as 8100 dong. Meanwhile, dairy producers pay 7000-7200 dong only for every kilogramme of milk. As such, farmers are incurring the loss of 800 dong per every kilogramme of milk.

Nguyen Van Tui from the HCM City Farmers’ Association said that the higher price of animal feed is the main reason that makes farmers incur losses. Tui said that the cattle feed has increased in price seven times since the beginning of the year, 25 percent in total. A 25 kilo bag of bran was sold at 215,000 dong several months ago, while it is now selling at 237-245,000 dong. Meanwhile, farmers cannot raise the sale prices of fresh milk, because dairy producers refuse to collect milk at higher prices.

Heavy loss has prompted farmers to give up farming. According to the city’s farmers’ association, the number of milk cows in the city has decreased by 6000 so far this year.

Tui pointed out that it is unreasonable for dairy producers to fix milk prices. He also pointed out that the 7000 dong per kilo price is much lower than the price of 28,000 dong per kilo at which dairy producers sell products to the market. While farmers have to work hard, they cannot reap the rewards in the production chain.

Tui has warned that if dairy producers continue to keep the milk purchase prices at low levels, they will lose material suppliers, because farmers, due to the low profit and loss, will stop farming.

Source: VietnamNet/Tien phong


Source: QDND