Vietnamese Tra fish now recognised globally

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As many as 45 Vietnamese aquaculture facilities raising Tra fish – which accounts for 95 percent of the world market of white fish fillets – have been awarded the Global Good Agricultural Practice (GlobalGAP) certificate. The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP) released the information recently, adding that another 18 fish farms are…


Conference promotes livestock development in northwestern region

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Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong chaired a conference in Hoa Binh province on June 23 to evaluate the transfer of advanced technology and the development of animal husbandry and aquaculture in the northwestern region. In his speech, Deputy PM Trong said the Vietnamese Government will build a policy to support livestock households, especially farmer…


GSO plans rural, agriculture, fishery census

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The General Statistics Office (GSO) will conduct a national rural, agricultural and fishery census in July. Illustration photo The census aims to collect basic information to serve the assessment of reality and the making of orientations, planning and policies for agricultural and rural development in the future. The census will focus on three major domains,…


Mekong Delta must retain more agricultural land

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President Nguyen Minh Triet met with Party committee members and the people of the Mekong delta province of Bac Lieu to request them to retain as much agricultural land and rice-growing areas for the future, to ensure national food security and social welfare. President Nguyen Minh Triet (in purple tie) at the inauguration ceremony in…


Scientific research essential for agriculture

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Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan stressed the need to promote scientific research in a bid to ensure sustainable development for the agricultural sector. The Deputy PM was speaking at a meeting with leaders of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on June 17, during which he described agriculture as one of Vietnam’s…


Prospects for Vietnam’s agricultural market

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A seminar on prospects for Vietnam’s agricultural market was held in Hanoi on June 17 by the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development. The seminar attracted international experts from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank…


Agricultural projects to receive incentives

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Investors in agricultural and rural projects will receive preferential treatment under a recent decision made by the Ministry of Finance. The decision is being made in accordance with the Government’s Decree No. 61/2010/ND-CP on preferential policies to encourage enterprises to invest in agricultural and rural areas. Accordingly, as of August 1, investors in agricultural and…


Bac Kan promotes agro-forestry investment

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The People’s Committee of northern Bac Kan province launched the Agro-Forestry Promotion and Investment Fund (APIF) at an investment promotion conference on June 29, aiming to encourage public-private partnership in the fields of agro-forestry and tourism. The fund will provide financial assistance from US$30,000 to US$100,000 for investment initiatives taken by private investors which meet…


Farmers give a lot, get little in return

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Former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan said yesterday, June 28, the people hardest hit by inflation were the poor – and most of them were farmers. Rural residents sell food at a market in suburban Ha Noi. Inflation and rising food prices have made life particularly harder for farmers. Experts call on more support to…


Vietnam introduces UK to agricultural potential

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Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan highlighted Vietnam’s potential for agricultural development on July 5 in calling for the UK’s investment and cooperation in the field. Deputy Minister Tan said at a meeting with British firms in London that the agricultural sector earned US$19.5 billion from exports in 2010, accounting for…


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