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Government to combat environmental pollution in craft villages

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am




Government to combat environmental pollution in craft villages


QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:44 (GMT+7)

PANO – Deputy Prime, Minister Hoang Trung Hai, recently assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in coordination with other central agencies and localities, to draw up a comprehensive scheme on the treatment of environmental pollution at nationwide craft villages.


The Deputy Prime Minister also asked the Ministry to complete circulars on environmental technical standards in order to issue them in the third quarter of 2011.


According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, there are some 1,500 craft villages nationwide, of which 800 villages are located in the Red River Delta.


Meanwhile, results from recent surveys conducted by the Centre of Water Resources and Environment show that the environment of food processing, industrial and handicraft villages is alarming.  


Both officials and experts agreed that it was high time to immediately take serious measures against environmental pollution in craft villages in order to ensure sustainable development for the sector in the future.


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Iran quake kills seven, wrecks villages

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:30 am

TEHRAN, Dec 21, 2010 (AFP) – A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Iran, wrecking villages, bringing down power lines, and killing up to seven people and injuring hundreds more, Iranian media reported on Tuesday.


The late Monday quake, with its epicentre near the town of Hosseinabad in Kerman province, was followed by more than 30 further tremors, including one of 5.0 magnitude, the Mehr news agency said, quoting the geophysics department of Tehran university.

Iranian men gather around the bodies of victims killed in the earthquake. AFP

State media reported that mild tremors continued into Tuesday near the epicentre of the main quake.


“So far damage has been concentrated in villages in the areas of Sahraj, and seven dead and hundreds of injured have been pulled from the debris,” Mehr quoted Kerman governor Esmail Najjar as saying.


“Considering the damage, the death toll is expected to rise,” he added.


Other Iranian media gave slightly different casualty tolls. The state television website quoted the head of Iran’s emergency medical services, Gholam Reza Masoumi, as saying that four people had died.


The deputy governor of Kerman province, Javad Kamali, told state television that five people had died and that the death toll could rise.


“Around 30 villages are still cut off as they are in a mountainous region. Our helicopters have been despatched since early morning and we will get a fuller assessment later in the day,” Kamali said.


The quake struck at 10:12 pm (1842 GMT) on Monday and was felt as far away as the neighbouring province of Sistan-Baluchestan on the Pakistan border.


State media reports said the temblor brought down communication and power lines and wrecked villages around the epicentre of Hosseinabad, many of which consist of mud-brick homes.


Nearly two dozen villages were partially or completely destroyed, the reports said, adding that members of the Basij militia had been deployed to help the victims.


Hosseinabad lies near the city of Bam, the site of the deadliest earthquake to hit Iran in recent times.


The 6.3-magnitude quake in December 2003 killed 31,000 people — about a quarter of Bam’s population — and destroyed the city’s ancient mud-built citadel.


Iran sits astride several major fault lines in the Earth’s crust and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.

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Source: SGGP

Breathtaking beauty of Northwestern mountainous villages

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Source: QDND

Hanoi develops tourism in craft villages

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm




Hanoi develops tourism in craft villages


QĐND – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

Four pilot tours have been launched in the craft villages of Van Ha Wood, Ha Thai Lacquer, Chuon Ngo Painting, Bat Trang Pottery, Phu Vinh Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Quat Dong embroidery, according to Mrs Trinh Thi Hong Loan, Head of the Management Office of Craft Industry under the Hanoi Trade and Industry Department.


Earlier, the Hanoi Trade and Industry Department invited lecturers of the Hanoi Open University’s Tourism Faculty to provide training for tourism services and culture preservation to 210 people in these craft villages.


Cooperation among the 244 craft villages in Hanoi is not strong enough, said Nguyen Hoang Luu, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi Handicraft and Trade Village Association. In addition, they still lack good tourism services and guides, while the cultural identities in these villages are fading away.


Officials of the city department also worried about the pollution in these villages due to urbanization.


Developing tourism in craft villages will not only help preserve their cultural identities but will also improve the living standards of local residents in these villages.


Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Delta trade villages look forward to floods

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 11:19 am

Trade villages in the Mekong Delta hasten to make products, like fishing hooks, nets and boats, to meet demands of local inhabitants during flood seasons that start around the end of July annually. However, they are apprehensive this year, as the flood season has yet to arrive.

Workers make fishing nets in Thom Rom trade village, Can Tho City (Photo: SGGP)

At Muong Thi trade village, people are noisily producing fishing hooks in Long Xuyen town of An Giang Province. Muong Thi fishing hooks are well known throughout the delta and even in neighboring countries Cambodia and Laos, as they are sharp, strong and sold at low prices.


Along the nearly one kilometer village, most of people, from 10-year-old children to 70-year-old men, participate in the production of these famous fishing hooks.


Tran Thien Tam said that the Muong Thi has 186 households that specialize in producing fishing hooks, a tradition passed down from father to son. Each of them hires three to five workers and produces the hooks nearly year round, in order to serve the demands of flood season.


Minh Hai, Van Banh and Thanh Xuan production units have broadened their markets across the delta and central coastal provinces. Some Cambodian traders have ordered their products to resell to Malaysian fishermen.


A household with two people can produce an average of 250,000 hooks of various seizes per day during flood seasons. To those producing in large scales, the output is four to five folds higher.


Another trade village, Thom Rom, makes fishing nets in Can Tho City’s Ninh Kieu District. People originating from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue established the village in 1976.


Ho Quy Thang, one of village’s original residents, and who is now the owner of a net production unit, said that his unit hires 16 workers to make various kinds of nets to meet residents’ demand during flood seasons.


His products are available to local residents at retail prices and are available for wholesale purchase to traders from other provinces in the delta.

A worker builds a boat at Nam Quang trade village in Dong Thap Province (Photo: SGGP)

Coming next is Nam Quang, a famous boatbuilding village in Chau Thanh District of Hau Giang Province. People in the village have sped up the production of boats to sell in flood seasons.


The boats, built with low-quality wood like jackfruit, mangoes, and durian trees, fetch just VND100,000-200,000 each and usually last just one year. A skilled worker can build 3-4 boats a day.


In addition, trade villages produce others items such as lift nets and mouse traps in Dong Thap Province, where residents are working with high hopes for big floods this season.


Waiting for floods

According to the An Giang Province Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, floods will come late this year. At present, floodwater levels measured at stations on Tien and Hau River have risen slowly, about 1-2 cm a day, 60-100cm lower than the same period last year.


In previous years, each production unit produced from 10-15 boats a day to meet travel demands when floods arrived early, said 80-year-old boat maker Nguyen Van Kech of Nam Quang village.


Le Huu Ty, 62, who has over 20 years experience producing fishing nets in Thom Rom Village, said that he could not sell as many nets as in previous years because the floodwater is stumpy.

Source: SGGP

Tourism helps boost the development of craft villages

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm




Tourism helps boost the development of craft villages


QĐND – Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Over recent years, many traditional craft villages in some southern provinces have faced various difficulties in developing their traditional trades. Tours to these villages are believed to be a good way to develop such projects.


 The southern province of An Giang alone has 29 famous traditional craft villages specialising in making many things, ranging from incense to rice paper, dry pancakes and fishing hooks. About 1,000 households with 5,000 workers are living on these traditional trades. Furthermore, many other villages are specialised in iron forging and carpentry.


In fact these trade villages are facing difficulty in finding outlets for their products and many of them have to rely on small orders to maintain their traditional trade.


In 2007, the province’s Department of Tourism launched the first tours in these villages successfully. These tours have increased the image of these villages and as a result they could continue to market their products.


According to Bui Thi Dung, Director of the Agriculture Development and Industry Consultation Center under the province’s Department of Industry and Trade, tours to trade villages help to maintain and develop traditional trades in the province.


The southern province of Dong Thap has 44 traditional craft villages. Some of them attract thousands of visitors every year. Nguyen Thi Nga, Director of the Dong Thap Travel Joint Stock Agency, said that her company delivers tours to trade villages for nearly 1,000 visitors every month. At present, the company plans to organise more tours to explore tourism potential in other craft villages.


According to Bui Thi Hong Ha, Vice Director of the An Giang province’s Department of Culture, Information and Tourism, cooperation between villages and travel companies should be improved to explore the tourism potential. In An Giang Province, tours should be launched in many special trade villages.


Despite all these efforts there remain several difficulties to develop tourism in such trade villages. “Tourism infrastructure and human resources in some villages are not good enough to promote tourism products,” said Mrs Ha. For instance, Tan Chau silk is famous but its products have not yet been introduced to tourists.


Vu Kim Anh, Vice Director of the Ho Chi Minh City’s Culture, Information and Tourism Department, said that the city has a lot of large travel agencies with various tourism products, but trade villages have not yet been included in the tours.


According to Nguyen Van My, Director of the Lua Viet Travel Company, tourism development in trade villages need investment into infrastructure, transportation and qualified staff.  Launching tours in trade villages is a new tourism product, which need to be explored effectively.


Source: Tien Phong


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Tourists may trek to craft villages

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm




Tourists may trek to craft villages


QĐND – Friday, July 16, 2010, 21:20 (GMT+7)

In recent years, a lot of traditional craft villages have been gradually falling into oblivion because their products cannot be sold. Bringing tourists is one possible solution.


An Giang province has 29 famous craft villages, some more than 100 years old.


Phu My forging village is 110 years old and Cho Thu woodwork village has existed since the 18th century. Besides, there are craft villages specializing in making Cham brocade.


In 2007, An Giang Tourism Department started a trial tour program that became successful. To date, five tours have been built to bring tourists to 12 craft villages. This has helped craft villages advertise and sell their products.


Bui Thi Dung from An Giang Industry and Trade Department reported that this is a new solution to preserve and develop craft villages.


In Dong Thap province, there are 44 traditional craft villages, including Lai Vung nem (spring roll) village and Sa Dec flower village, that attract hundreds of thousands tourists every year. Nguyen Thi Nga, General Director of the Dong Thap Tourism Company, revealed that they transport 1000 tourists to Sa Dec flower village every month. They are also considering new tours to bring more tourists to other villages in the province as well.


Bui Thi Hong Ha, Deputy Director of the An Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, called the initial achievements encouraging, but added that the potential of these craft villages has not been fully exploited. In An Giang, for example, there are many original craft villages, but just that have arranged tours.


“Most craft villages have poor infrastructure and small production scale, so, it is very difficult to build up tourism,” Ha noted.


“Especially, residents do not know anything about tourism and marketing,” Ha added. Tan Chau silk is famous and many tourists want to buy it, but the products are not sold at restaurants or hotels.


Vu Kim Anh, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, also admitted that the many travel firms in HCM City cannot build tours to bring travelers to famous craft villages like Go Vap flower village.


To develop craft village tourism, Nguyen Van My, Director of Lua Viet Travel Firm, observed that professional investment is necessary. “In other countries, craft villages are managed by tourism watchdog agencies. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, it is very difficult to develop craft villages in a professional way due to the overlapping management,” My complained.


Source: Tien phong


Source: QDND

Tourists may trek to craft villages

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm




Tourists may trek to craft villages


QĐND – Friday, July 16, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

In recent years, a lot of traditional craft villages have been gradually falling into oblivion because their products cannot be sold. Bringing tourists is one possible solution.


An Giang province has 29 famous craft villages, some more than 100 years old.


Phu My forging village is 110 years old and Cho Thu woodwork village has existed since the 18th century. Besides, there are craft villages specializing in making Cham brocade.


In 2007, An Giang Tourism Department started a trial tour program that became successful. To date, five tours have been built to bring tourists to 12 craft villages. This has helped craft villages advertise and sell their products.


Bui Thi Dung from An Giang Industry and Trade Department reported that this is a new solution to preserve and develop craft villages.


In Dong Thap province, there are 44 traditional craft villages, including Lai Vung nem (spring roll) village and Sa Dec flower village, that attract hundreds of thousands tourists every year. Nguyen Thi Nga, General Director of the Dong Thap Tourism Company, revealed that they transport 1000 tourists to Sa Dec flower village every month. They are also considering new tours to bring more tourists to other villages in the province as well.


Bui Thi Hong Ha, Deputy Director of the An Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, called the initial achievements encouraging, but added that the potential of these craft villages has not been fully exploited. In An Giang, for example, there are many original craft villages, but just that have arranged tours.


“Most craft villages have poor infrastructure and small production scale, so, it is very difficult to build up tourism,” Ha noted.


“Especially, residents do not know anything about tourism and marketing,” Ha added. Tan Chau silk is famous and many tourists want to buy it, but the products are not sold at restaurants or hotels.


Vu Kim Anh, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, also admitted that the many travel firms in HCM City cannot build tours to bring travelers to famous craft villages like Go Vap flower village.


To develop craft village tourism, Nguyen Van My, Director of Lua Viet Travel Firm, observed that professional investment is necessary. “In other countries, craft villages are managed by tourism watchdog agencies. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, it is very difficult to develop craft villages in a professional way due to the overlapping management,” My complained.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Hanoi to launch tours of traditional handicraft villages

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:33 am

The Hanoi Department of Trade and Industry will cooperate with travel companies to offer tours to traditional handicraft villages in June.

The new service will promote handicraft products to local and international visitors. (Photo: KK)

The one-day tours are to include Chuon Ngo mother-of-pearl inlaying village – Thang Loi embroidery village – Ha Thai lacquer village; Phu Vinh bamboo and rattan knitting village-Van Phuc silk weaving village and Tay Phuong Pagoda; Van Phuc silk weaving village- Son Dong sculpture village; and Bat Trang – Giang Cao  ceramics village; Kieu Ky garment and gold gilding village.


The new service aims to mark the Grand celebration of 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi; promote handicraft products, tourism potential and historical and cultural value, and refined talent of artisans of traditional handicraft villages in the capital to local and international visitors.


The department has worked together with local authorities to clean the environmental landscape and architecture, and ensure public security in the villages to greet visitors.


 

Source: SGGP

60 villages to participate in 2nd Vietnam Craft Festival

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm




60 villages to participate in 2nd Vietnam Craft Festival


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:1 (GMT+7)

The second Vietnam Traditional Craft Village Festival 2010 will be held in Da Nang City between May 19th and 23rd.


According to the organisers, there will be 100 pavilions of 60 craft villages nationwide to showcase traditional handicrafts at the festival.


In addition to the displays of handicrafts, visitors will witness craftspeople making goods and participate in Vietnamese folk games.


The Vietnam Traditional Craft Village Festival aims to honor craft villages and craftspeople as well as preserve the national traditional quintessence.


It also serves as a venue for domestic and international craftspeople to exchange experience and boost cooperation.    


Source: DDDN


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND