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Relevant authorities found indifferent to toxic stimulants used on vegetables

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:03 am

Authorized organizations have showed a lack of investigation into some farmers that use pesticides and other stimulants to increase the amount and size of their farm produce.

This is the kind of artificial growth stimuli that farmers have used in spraying their vegetable crops (photo: SGGP)

Bui Si Doanh, head of the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that all stimulants contain a toxic Giberellic acid, which might be poisonous for humans.

When the stimulants have penetrated deep into the plant cells, washing the vegetables, will not remove the stimulant, he said.

A recent research has revealed that the childless rate in Vietnam is 8 percent of the country’s population. One possibly reason for this, is the application of toxic chemicals, used in food production.

According to the department, there are two types of stimulants used in vegetables and fruits. One stimulant is within an acceptable level, permitted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The other is an illegal import from China. This stimulant is brought through Tan Thanh border gate, in the northern province of Lang Son.

The contraband stimulants are packed with Chinese labels that Vietnamese farmers cannot read. The information the farmers are receiving is that this stimulants, help grow their vegetables much faster.

Each time the public raises concerns about the stimulants contained in the vegetables, the Plant Protection Department and the Ministry of Health, just collect test samples and instruct farmers not to use the chemicals.  They have not sent investigators to directly examine the sales and usage of toxic stimulants.

Mr. Bui Si Doanh said that the Plant Protection Department has been asked to investigate this issue. However, the department said that the investigation has been delayed; as new laws that regulated departments are being put into practice.

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Source: SGGP

Scorching heat kills fish, vegetables in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Hundreds of fish breeders along the edges of Tam Giang Lagoon have been watching their fish die off en masse due to heat and pollution in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue over the last few weeks.

A farmer in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue examines a dead fish found in his Quang Dien District pond.

At Dang Phuoc Chut’s five fish ponds in Quang Phuoc Commune of Quang Dien District, groups of dead fish floating at the surface of the water are now emitting a foul smell.

Chut said the deaths had cost him over VND70 million (US$3,684).

Fish breeding is the main livelihood of hundreds of the commune’s households. Many fish bred in about 100 out of 170 local fish ponds have died, leaving farmers to accumulate debt upon debt.

The worst damages occurred in Mai Duong, Phuoc Lam and Phuoc Ly hamlets.

The hot and muggy weather has also coupled with diseases to kill a slew of shrimp bred in the province. As of now, shrimps bred on nearly 2,000 hectares of farms have died to ineffectual breeding methods.

In addition, several vegetable crop fields have yellowed and withered in the heat, putting over 1,200 Quang Dien District households in financial straits.

The district provides the market an average of 2,000 tons of fresh vegetables annually.

Farmer Nguyen Chinh said farmers have been forced to water their vegetables fields at 3am, when the electricity is not cut off, in the desperate hope of saving their crops.

Source: SGGP

Dog meat, vegetables test positive for cholera

In Vietnam Health on December 23, 2009 at 11:35 am

A recent inspection of northern eateries serving dog meat, vegetables and shrimp paste has revealed alarming unhygienic practices and the presence of cholera bacterium in some foods.

Tran Nhu Duong, deputy head of the Hanoi-based National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, told a seminar December 22 that health inspectors had recently investigated some 30 street eateries selling dog meat in Hanoi.

Twenty-five of the eateries were found operating without a food safety and hygiene certificate; 15 prepared food next to a restroom; 19 used unwashed raw vegetables; and 27 served day-old meat.

More worrying, samples of vegetables, dog meat and shrimp paste taken from restaurants and markets in Hanoi and the northern provinces of Hai Phong, Hai Duong, and Thanh Hoa had tested positive for the Vibrio cholera bacterium, said Duong.

The bacteria, spread through contaminated water or food, causes acute intestinal infection which can lead to death if left untreated.

Although cholera in Vietnam has not been as prevalent this year as in the past, 471 cases have been reported in 15 provinces nationwide with one fatality in the northern province of Ninh Binh, said the Department of Preventive Health and Environment.

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Myanmar plans to export vegetables to Russia

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2008 at 2:29 am

Hanoi (VNA) – Myanmar is planning to export a variety of fruit and vegetables to Russia and cultivation of them is being specially projected.

The main export items, as outlined by Myanmar’s Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Producers Association, are tropical fruits such as pineapples, musk melons, pomelos, avocado pears, asparagus and chilli, according to world news reports.

In the meantime, Myanmar is placing great emphasis on the production of high- yield fruit and vegetables in order to boost exports, taking advantage of the country’s fair climactic conditions and geographical superiority.

The expanded production of quality fruit and vegetables will not only satisfy domestic demand but also generate foreign exchange revenue, thereby contributing to enhancing the socio- economic status of all of the country’s residents.

Myanmar produces more than 100 kinds of kitchen crops, including over 70 kinds of fruit and vegetables.

A report released by the association reveals that Myanmar exported nearly 20,000 tonnes of various fruits in the 2007-08 fiscal year, earning nearly 9 million USD in revenue.-