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Flower growers fear cold wave could damage crops

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

Flower growers in the Mekong Delta are troubled with the unusually cold weather conditions and fear damage to their seasonal flowers and ornamental plants.

A farmer is nurturing an apricot flower plant for Tet in Cho Lach District, Ben Tre Province (Photo: SGGP)42 year old farmer Nguyen Van Tho in Cho Lach District of Ben Tre Province was worried the continuous rain and persistent cold temperatures this year might damage his 1,000 apricot plants. He is resorting to constant spraying and reduction of fertilizers to prevent the plants from blossoming too soon.

Another district resident named Le Thi Lan noticed that her 17,000 pots of daisies were slowly showing signs of frost bite.

In Ba Bo flower village, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City many farmers are anxious and taking special care of their flower gardens particularly after the recent heavy rains.

Nguyen Van Ben has grown flowers for Tet for 20 years and this year he claims that 20 percent of his 2,000 pots of daisies had already been damaged. On the other hand, the cost of fertilizers, pesticides and labor had also increased which added to their woes.

People in Tan Quy Dong village, Sa Dec District of Dong Thap Province quoted a 30-40 percent rise in expenses on flower and ornamental plant gardening. This has led the village to prepare only three million flower pots this year, one third less than previous years on traditional flowers like daisies and marigold.

Traders had streamed into gardens to buy flowers in previous years but this year has been dull according to flower growers in Long Thoi Commune, Cho Lach District.

Tran Van Nam in the Ba Bo flower village, Binh Thuy District said that because few traders have come to buy flowers this year, the local growers had to hire stalls in Can Tho City to sell their flowers.

A small stall of just four square meters cost VND1.4 million while selling a mere two pots of daisies could be expected to fetch less than VND50, 000. Several of the flower growers expected to see losses this year.

According to Bui Thanh Liem, head of the Cho Lach District Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ben Tre Province, farmers in the district had prepared four million pots of flowers and ornamental plants for the coming Tet, which was half the amount from previous years. So far only 40 percent of the pots have been sold.

Source: SGGP

Cold wave envelopes entire northern region

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:29 am

The cold wave that hit north Vietnam on Wednesday night has affected nearly the entire region with many parts seeing the mercury fall to 6 degrees Celsius.

By Thursday morning the bitter cold covered most parts of the northern central region as well. Northeasterly winds lashed the gulf of Tonkin intensifying to a speed of 50-60 kilometers per hour and the sea turning extremely rough.
Weather forecasts predict the cold wave will spread to many parts of the central region later today and some areas may even experience medium to heavy showers.

The coastline off the northern and central regions is expected to be lashed by winds with speed levels from 75-102 kilometers an hour.

Meanwhile, the southern sea coast is also expected to experience high winds with velocity of 62-88 kilometers an hour. Thunderstorms are expected and boats have been warned to watch out for tornadoes.

The prevalent cold conditions in the mainland and fierce chilly winds on the sea are expected to last for several days.

Source: SGGP

Heat wave, drought continue to hit northern, central regions

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Heat wave, drought continue to hit northern, central regions

QĐND – Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

The northern and central regions are suffering from a severe heat wave with the temperature hitting 40 degrees Celsius in some places.

The heat wave will last until July 8 and then subside. The central region is also hard hit by prolonged drought.

According to the Forest Management Department, many forests in the provinces of central region are at dangerous and extremely dangerous fire-risk levels.

Also the same day, the water level in rivers in the central and central highland region were lower than normal, causing water shortages on a wide scale at almost all provinces, said the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Heat wave sets to move through northern and central regions

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Northern and central provinces will heat up again June 25-26, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has said.

Northern and central regions will be sunny and hot June 24-25 (Photo: VTC)

The regions will experience scorching weather with temperatures forecasted to soar above 38 Celsius degrees, due to a hot westerly low-pressure system, the center said.

Meteorologists predict the heat wave will end June 26 when the areas should see showers.

Southern provinces continue to be affected by medium-grade southwesterly winds.

It will be cloudy and some places will see showers and thunderstorms at nighttime, with temperatures hovering around 28-34 degrees.

Source: SGGP

Record heat wave hits northern, central regions

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Record heat wave hits northern, central regions

QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

The northern and central regions are sweltering in a heat wave said to be the severe for several decades.

According to the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre, over the past five days, day-time temperatures climbed to as high as 40 degree Celsius while night-time temperatures hovered around 29-32 degrees Celsius.

On June 17, the temperature in Hanoi surged to 39.7 degrees Celsius while several provinces in the central region of the country like Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces recorded temperatures of 40.3-40.4 degrees Celsius.

The westerly hot low-pressure system has moved in with southerly hot and dry wind of the northern delta, pushing up the temperatures..

The heat wave is expected subside as from June 20 with the arrival of a cold air mass, bringing showers to the northern and northern-central regions.

The remaining parts of the central region will continue to suffer from hot weather two or three more days.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Heat wave to burn stronger in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:45 am

The sweltering heat will continue to scorch the northern and central regions of Vietnam over the next three to four days, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has said.

Summer in the city: sweltering heat will continue over the next few days, with the most oppressive temperatures set to hit the central region (Photo:

The central of central and northern-central regions will experience the worst heat with temperatures of up to 41-42 degrees Celsius as a westerly hot low-pressure system has moved in with heat and dry weather.

In the southern and Central Highlands regions, daytime mugginess will keep temperatures hovering around 33-35 degrees Celsius.

However, the southland and central highlands will be given relief with cool rains in the afternoons as the southwesterly winds have become gradually stronger.

Source: SGGP

Latest heat wave overwhelms country

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 at 9:04 am

Meteorologists say it is going to be especially hot in Vietnam again this week, as a new hot spell from the west is due to move through the country, beginning Monday.

Motorists cover up in the sweltering weather (Filed Photo: DanTri)

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center predicts that common temperatures in the northern and central regions will hit 33-38 Celsius degrees. At some places, temperatures are expected soar above 40 degrees, during peak hours.

The northern region will likely see thunderstorms and whirlwinds intersperse with periods of grueling heat.

The recent heat has affected the entire country, including the Central Highlands and southern provinces.  Highest temperatures in the southern region would touch 34-37 Celsius degrees.

In the Central Highlands, the weather should hover around 33-36 degrees together with showers, which should occur in the late afternoons.

Source: SGGP

Heat wave leads to bumper kumquat harvest in Ben Tre

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Heat wave leads to bumper kumquat harvest in Ben Tre

QĐND – Monday, April 19, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

The prolonged hot weather has helped farmers in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre reap a bumper harvest of kumquat fruits for export.

Farmers in the province said the fruit was being exported to many regional countries including Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.

The hot weather has created favourable conditions for large quantities of kumquat in the districts of Mo Cay Bac, Mo Cay Nam , Chau Thanh and Cho Lach.

Traders are buying the fruit from farmers for 6,000 VND – 8,000 VNDper kilo, double last year’s prices. At local markets, kumquats are being sold at 9,000 VND – 10,000 VND per kilo and at 15,000 VND – 17,000 VND per kilo for the best quality, an increase of 3,000 VND – 4,000 VNDper kilo over last year.

Kumquat farmers in the province say they have been able to earn profits of more than 200 million VND (11,000 USD) from each hectare.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Patients overload hospitals in central region’s heat wave

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 6:30 am

Hospitalizations of children and old people in the central have skyrocketed with unseasonal hot weather.

Parents and their children troubled by the recent heat wave crowd the waiting rooms at Hue Central Hospital’s pediatric ward on March 1 (Photo: SGGP)

The hot dry conditions also caused water shortages and plagues of insects and pests for farmers.

The central coastal provinces usually have very hot dry weather in May, but the heat has arrived early with temperatures between 34-38 Degrees Celsius.

All health centers and hospitals in the central region reported a 10-20 percent increase in patients, mostly children and elderly.

At 8am on Monday, the waiting rooms for the pediatric ward of Hue Central Hospital were full of mothers carrying sick children, many of them forced to sit in the aisles.

The ward head Dinh Quang Tuan said, in the last week, 100-150 children per day had come for health checks and treatment, half with respiratory diseases.

Crop Pests

Persistent hot weather and high humidity- over 89 percent, in the central region has helped rice leaf folders, brown backed rice plant hoppers, brown spot and other diseases to thrive, damaging thousands hectares of paddies.

Over the last 10 days in Thua Thien-Hue Province, rice farms reported leaf folders had invaded crops with a density of 2-5 worms a square meter.

Rice blast disease attacked 3-5 percent of rice in the province – the figure was up to15 percent in some districts including Phong Dien, Quang Dien and Phu Vang.

At Huong Van Commune, Huong Tra District in the province, many wells dried up. Some households spent VND1-1.5 million to dig new wells and buy higher capacity water-pumps.

In recent days, high salinity has affected the low section of Thu Bon River in the neighboring province of Quang Nam, putting over 600 hectares of rice in Duy Xuyen District at risk of water shortages.

Tu Cau Pumping Station in Da Nang City, which takes water from Vinh Dien River, recorded high salinity of 4 percent, causing irrigation water shortages for over 208 hectares of rice in Ngu Hanh Son District.

Local authorities had to install pumps for two reserve stations in the district to operate day and night.

Mekong Delta at high fire risk

The recent heat wave has dried out cajuput forests in the Mekong Delta putting them at high fire danger. About 36,000 hectares of forest in U Minh Ha, Ca Mau Province have been rated at high fire risk levels between 4-5.

Over 700 hectares of forests in Hon Khoai and Hon Chuoi Islands are tinder dry.

Le Van Hai, deputy head of Ca Mau Province’s Forest Management Sub-department said the province has mobilized all resources to protect the forests from fire.

Authorities fear, however, that a fire might be stared by any of the 6,000 households living and working around cajuput forests.

According to the General Statistics Office, in the first two months of this year, the area of forest fired and cut down has jumped to 1,211 hectares, 2.6 fold higher than the same period last year.

In total, 1,029 hectares of forest has been burnt, 7.2 fold more than last year while forests cleared amounted to 181.4 hectares, a reduction of 42 percent from last year.

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New wave of TV series sees producers competing for airtime

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:01 am

Unlike previous years when Vietnamese television programming was sparse, this year viewers can look forward to a host of new series from local TV producers. The influx of new shows, however, has led to competition amongst producers for the most coveted time slots.

A poster of “Despite blowing wind” by Tri Viet company.

Vietnamese movie production company Latsa looks to continue dominating the “Golden Hour” slot (8:45 PM) with its popular offering of programs. Airing its shows on channel HTV 7, Latsa’s quality programming has attracted a strong following and thus a high number of advertisers hoping to air their commercials. 

Latsa’s coming attractions include a series targeted at young audiences titled “Cong Mat Troi” (Sun Gate), about the trials and tribulations of student life. While less hyped than the previous series in the time slot,  “Goi giac mo ve” (Calling back a dream), “Cong Mat Troi” still looks to be popular.

The production company is also planning to produce two more TV series  “Thuy Khuc” (A song for Thuy) and “Lam cha” (Fatherhood), set to air after “Cong Mat Troi.”

The three series are all set to be broadcast during the desirable Golden Hour slot this year.

Another big movie maker, MTP, continues to dominate the popular daytime slot from 1-2 PM on HTV 7. It has announced 14 diversified series and movies this year, almost half of which are based on foreign screenplays that have been translated into Vietnamese language and style.

Most MTP programs are known for being comedic, but they also cover topics like daily living and cooking shows aimed at women. There is not enough time to air all 14 series this year, so several have been scheduled for broadcast next year.  

Another local film producer, Tri Viet, is showing hundreds of episodes from the series “Du gio co thoi” (Despite the blowing wind). It has also announced big future projects in the works including films about youth and their ambitions.

HTV’s  filmmaker TFS, meanwhile, has said it is scheduling 10 series, which are already completed.

The arrival of so many new TV series and made-for-TV movies has left smaller-scale producers with the challenge of improving the quality of their programs to compete for viewers.

Source: SGGP Bookmark & Share