Agricultural sector to cut rice output losses

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The agricultural sector aims to reduce rice production losses from 12 per cent currently down to 5-6 per cent by 2020. There are also plans to increase export value by 20-25 per cent. These targets were announced by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat at a conference to look at ways…


Vietnam agro exports mostly processed products

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As much as 90 percent of Vietnamese agricultural exports are preliminarily processed products and are priced 5-10 percent lower than similar foreign products. Participants at a meeting held o­n May 18 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development acknowledged this fact. The meeting discussed a project to increase added value of agricultural products. According…


Farm ministry wants quick cure for shrimp disease

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Sunday has ordered relevant agencies to find the cause of an epidemic that recently wiped out shrimp on 52,000 hectares of farms in the Mekong Delta and stamp it out. At a conference it held for the purpose in Soc Trang Province Sunday, Dr Nguyen Van Hao, head…


Government taking initiatives to increase grain storage facilities: Thomas

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New Delhi, July 22 : Food Minister K. V. Thomas said on Friday that the government is working towards opening up more grain storage facilities in various parts of the country. While presiding over a conference of the newly formed State Advisory Committees for the purpose of food grain storage, Thomas said that more grain…


Province to expand coconut cultivation areas

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The southern province of Ben Tre plans to increase coconut cultivation by 3,000-5,000 hectares, a provincial official said at a conference held here this week. Residents in Ben Tre Province harvest coconuts. With more than 50,000ha, Ben Tre has the largest coconut planting area in Viet Nam, and the province aims to increase coconut cultivation…


Agricultural sector aims to boost added value

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The agricultural sector plans to raise the added value of its products by at least 20 percent in the next decade. The target is set as the volume and value of exports of Vietnamese farm produce increase constantly in the recent years, but farmers’ income did not increase in correlation. Additionally, 90 percent of the…


VN, Indonesia to expand fish farming cooperation

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Vietnam and Indonesia will further agricultural and aquacultural cooperation in the future. This intention was signalled during separate meetings of Vietnamese officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Indonesian Minister of Trade and Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, on the occasion of Vietnam ’s attendance at the East Asian…


Vietnam delays coffee loading, default risk looms

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Vietnamese coffee exporters have delayed loading part of contracts totaling around 100,000 tons since May because of a shortage of stocks, an industry official said on Monday. This prompted at least two traders to raise concerns of possible defaults in shipments. The thin stocks in Vietnam, the world’s second-largest producer, coupled with an International Coffee…


Vietnam coffee trade dull as prices drop, delays emerge

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Vietnamese coffee exporters have delayed loading of around 40,000 tons, or nearly 670,000 bags, due to thin domestic stocks and a jump in local market prices beyond export levels, traders said on Tuesday. The delayed volume in Vietnam, plus up to 12,000 tons in shipment cancellations in Indonesia, may pile pressure on the buyers involved…


China increases import of Vietnam’s agro-products

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China has stepped up buying farm products from Vietnam, including coffee, rice and rubber as it grapples with harsh crop weather, but higher prices could stoke inflation in the Southeast Asian nation, government data and local media said. Rising Chinese imports of Vietnamese agricultural produce, which has seen robust growth in the past decade, will…


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