Livestock a bridge too far

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Businesses are hesitate to invest in livestock breeding despite exceptional profit rates. Pumping money into livestock breeding was risky currently despite its exceptional profit margins of 20-25 per cent, said Nghe An Animal Breed Centre director Luu Cong Hoa. “Besides, the [animal husbandry] sector is always threatened by epidemic outbreaks. Once an outbreak took place,…


Central Highlands rubber bounces

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Provinces in the Central Highlands have planted rubber trees on more than 64,000ha in the last two years, taking the region’s total area under rubber to 174,720ha, the Tay Nguyen Steering Committee said. Kon Tum, Gia Lai and Dak Lak provinces have the largest areas under rubber. The trees have mostly been planted on infertile…


Rice export makes huge progress, says assn.

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Vietnam has made huge progress in the cultivation, processing and export of rice, the country’s Food Association said at a meeting held July 5 to review rice export during the first six months of the year. Rice export prices have also increased by US$27 per ton, the association said. It added Vietnamese enterprises exported 3.92…


Sugar imports will help cut prices

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HA NOI — The Department of Processing and Trade for Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Products and Salt Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to resume sugar imports in order to avoid rising prices in October and November this year. "Up to the middle of July, domestic manufacturers…


Dong Nai grows greener – and greener

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DONG NAI — Authorities in the southern province of Dong Nai have set long-term targets for building a green sustainable economy, with strategies that protect and expand the forest cover. Since closing the forest gates in 1997, the province has become the largest forest area in the southwestern region, with green cover representing more than…


Big bio-agriculture complex to be built

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LAM DONG — Viet Nam’s biggest hi-tech bio-agriculture complex will be built in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong early next year, according to the deputy director of the provincial Department of Science and Technology, Dr Le Xuan Tham. The project will cost about VND2 trillion (US$97 million), of which VND350 billion ($17 million)…


Lang Son, Guangxi discuss grapes planting

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The Department of Science and Technology of the north border province of Lang Son hosted a scientific workshop on July 20 on cooperation in planting grapes with Guangxi province of China . Attending the workshop were leaders, technicians from the two provinces’ Departments of Sciences and Technology along with some concerned departments and sectors and…


Heat wave may hit corn crop—and food prices

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If the scorching heat wave continues much longer, there could be an impact on the U.S. corn crop—and on consumer’s wallets. “We’ve had oppressive heat indexes, and we’re into the stage of pollination. Anything that interferes with the pollination process will reduce (corn crop) yield potential,” said Shawn McCambridge of Jefferies Bache. Corn futures prices…


Chinese buys tons of sweet potatoes daily in southern Vietnam

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An increasing number of Chinese traders are taking tons of sweet potatoes from the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long every day, from fields hired and cared by local residents. Doan Ngoc Chien, head of Vinh Long Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE), says “Only the chairman of the province people’s committee can give…


Rice export contracts signed

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Vietnamese exporters have signed contracts to export about 1.3 million tonnes of rice in the third quarter, according to the Viet Nam Food Association. In the second half this year, the country expects to sell 3.1 – 3.2 million tonnes of rice, bringing the total figure for the whole year to 7.4 million tonnes of…


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