Agricultural insurance pilot plan hits hurdles

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a workshop in Ha Noi last Friday to discuss the feasibility of agricultural insurance and collect opinions from representatives of localities and insurance companies about a pilot programme on the insurance. The pilot programme is set to be implemented in July. "The fragmented and clustered character of…


Can Tho projects second agricultural hi-tech zone

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The Can Tho Municipal People’s Committee has summoned its subordinate agencies to discuss the plan to build the second agricultural hi-tech zone. Under its master plan on agricultural development, Can Tho will build 3 agricultural hi-tech zones with a total investment of VND 3,100 billion. Earlier, the City has entered into the construction of the…


Livestock industry aims for 8% growth this year

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The livestock industry will strive to raise its production value by 7.5-8 per cent and increase the ratio of livestock production from 28 per cent to 30 per cent of the total agricultural output this year, an official said at a conference in HCM City yesterday. The livestock industry aimed to produce 4.2-4.3 million tonnes…


Agricultural sector urged to boost exports

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Domestic agricultural producers must boost exports to help reduce the country’s trade deficit, said economist Pham Do Chi. Chi said if the sector did not increase production and foreign sales, the country’s trade deficit would reach US$15 billion this year. According to the General Statistics Office, in the first four months of this year, the…


Agro, aqua products to have quality management

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Vietnam plans to spend VND1.5trillion (US$75 million) to improve the management of quality standards of agricultural and forest products during the period 2011-2015. A farmer waters cabbages at a farm in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: SGGP) Under a project approved by the Prime Minister, the country will consolidate state-run organizations that monitor quality and…


Fruit farmers target higher standards

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Several fruits in the southern region are being cultivated under Good Agricultural Practices standards and have high export value, according to the Plant Cultivation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). The fruits, including Nam Roi grapefruit, Hoang Hau dragonfruit, Tan Trieu grapefruit and Lo Ren milkfruit, are certified under the Vietnamese…


Vietnam, Indonesia boost agricultural cooperation

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The Hanoitmes – On the sidelines of the 2011 World Economic Forum (WEF) o­n East Asia in Indonesia, a delegation from the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) met with representatives from the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and Ministry of Trade (MoT). At the working session between MARD Minister…


Agricultural exports blossom in 2011

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Vietnam’s agricultural sector expects to surpass 2011’s export target of $23 billion since agricultural, forest items and seafood exports exceeded $10 billion in the year’s first five months. According to a Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) report, the agricultural export values leaped 41.5 per cent in the first five months of 2011 against…


Stricter standards on catfish farms

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All catfish farmers will be required to apply the new VietGAP (Viet Good Agricultural Practice) standards in the near future. Farmers harvest catfish at the Tra Vinh Farming Company in the southern province of Tra Vinh under the Southern Food Corporation. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue HA NOI – Speaking at a consultative meeting on…


Breeding industry to be further developed in northwestern region

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According to the northwestern steering committee, over the past few years, the transfer and application of science and technology in the breeding industry in the northwestern region has been increased to boost the development of the industry. This information was released during a meeting of the northwestern steering committee on June 23 to review the…


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