VN free from exploding watermelon threat

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There had been no reports of exploding watermelons in Viet Nam, according to Deputy Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Plant Protection Department Ngo Tien Dung. A farmer in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang sells his newly harvested watermelons. There have been no local reports of watermelons exploding, which is…


EU promotes intellectual property in agriculture

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The EU has begun a joint effort with Vietnamese agencies to protect agricultural diversity in the country. The signing ceremony in Hanoi on May 19 The EU Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) and the Plant Variety Protection Office under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)’s Department of Crop Production signed a Memorandum…


EU-Vietnam cooperation in plant protection

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The European Union (EU) mission in Vietnam and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on plant protection on April 19. MARD Deputy Minister Bui Ba Bong said that the MoU will help Vietnam promote agricultural cooperation with members of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). IPPC members,…


Expansion of good agricultural practices urged

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Application of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in agricultural production to promote quality and safety is expected to help Vietnamese farm produce gain wider acceptance in both domestic and international markets, experts said at a conference in HCM City last Saturday. GAP is a collection of principles that apply to o­n-farm production and post-production processes, ensuring…


Agricultural sector focuses on climate change

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will spend nearly 9.5 billion VND (430,000 USD) implementing a national programme on climate change in 2011 in order to ensure sustainable agricultural production and national food security. The programme will assess the level of climate change, build climate change and rising sea level scenarios and implement…


EU and Vietnam cooperate on plant variety protection

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CPV: The EU Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) and the Plant Variety Protection Office under Department of Crop Production, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam on May 19 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the capacity of the plant variety protection in Vietnam. The agreement is a major step forward in…


Vietnam, US to expand markets for agricultural products

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The ministerial meeting of the Vietnam-US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council in Washington has achieved significant progress, said Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang in an interview granted to VOV. VOV: Could you brief us on the results of the meeting? Minister Hoang: The two sides agreed that TIFA has…


Farmers “thirsty” for information

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Offering easy access to information and communication is considered a top priority in policies for farmers in rural areas. Information is necessary for people of all strata and very important for their production and business activities. It appears paradoxical that in the era of information explosion with the strong development of different means of communication…


More Vietnamese agricultural products to be exported to US

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Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk attended the third meeting of the Vietnam-US trade and investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council in Washington DC on May 23. They were pleased to review the fine results of Vietnam-US cooperation in trade, investment, intellectual property, information technology, services, and…


HCM City eyes 6% agricultural growth

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The ongoing Agriculture and Rural Development Programme in HCM City targets an increase of more than 6 per cent in farm output this year, an official said. HCM CITY — The programme, run by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and various associations and organisations, will stop rice farming on around 1,000ha of low-yield…


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