VN to conduct nationwide rural, agriculture survey


Vietnam will carry out a nationwide intensive survey of its rural, agricultural and seafood sectors from July 1 to 30.

Farmers in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang harvest rice (Photo: SGGP)

According to the central steering board for surveys, this study is aimed at collecting basic information in the above sectors to assess a very realistic ground picture of the situation, analyze development tendencies, make plans and polices for development and focus on ways to improve the living standards of rural people across the country.

The collected data information will be also used for in-depth research work.

The content and all information data in the survey will include a realistic picture of all agricultural production in the country and issues relating to rural areas and its population with details on gender and mortality.

Rural and agriculture census to start on Friday

tải xuống (4) HCMC – A census on rural development and agriculture will begin on Friday across the country to gather latest data on current situations and development trends of a sector whose production makes up one-third of the country’s GDP.

Polls will be conducted within a month among up to 16.34 million units, including 16.24 million farming families, nearly 16,000 owners of large-scale farms, and over 9,000 grassroots administration units, the Government’s website reported.

The census targets to provide an insight into the actual state of rural, agricultural and aquatic developments, the labor forces for each sub-sector, infrastructure in rural areas, education, healthcare and credit services for farmers nationwide.

A steering committee for the census has been established, with Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc serving as leader and general director of the General Statistics Office Do Thuc as deputy head.

According to Do Thuc, the census, once finished, will help the Government have an overview on the rural and agricultural sector, based on which a social and economic master plan on the sector will be built.

An initial report about results of the census is expected to be published in December this year and the final results will be released by the third quarter in 2012.

Nguyen Van Lieu, deputy head of the General Statistics Office and a member of the census’ steering committee, is quoted by the Government’s website as saying all preparatory steps for the census had been completed.

Some 141,000 pollsters will be mobilized for the census, while 400 tons of printed materials have been distributed to all communes across the country to facilitate the census.

The census is the fourth one on rural development and agriculture in as many years. A similar census was organized in 2006.

Agricultural co-operatives help Can Tho City prosper

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The development of co-operatives in Can Tho City in recent years has helped increase income and create more jobs for farmers.

Members of the Thoi An Seafood Co-operative in O Mon District are not concerned about outlets for their products because they have contracted to breed tra fish for the Hung Vuong Seafood Company.

The company provides animal food for its members and purchases all tra fish at a price that earns a profit.

In 2007-08, when the price of tra fish dropped significantly and many farmers suffered losses from tra fish breeding, the co-operative still continued to develop and the members earned a stable income.

The Thoi An Seafood Co-operative has annual revenue of VND300 billion.

Similarly, the Thot Not Agricultural Seed Co-operatives in Thot Not District operates effectively and supplies about 300 tonnes of rice seeds a year.

The co-operatives help their members seek outlets and teach them techniques to produce high-quality rice seeds.

Can Tho has 234 co-operatives with more than 7,200 members, according to the city Co-operative Alliance.

Of the 234 co-operatives that have at least seven members each, as required, 78 are in the agricultural and aquaculture sectors and the remaining are in other sectors, including construction, environmental sanitation, transport, industry, handicrafts and trade.

The city also has 3,370 co-operative teams with at least three members each. These teams operate in the agricultural and aquaculture sectors.

About 80 per cent of rice seeds for cultivation in Can Tho are supplied by the city’s co-operatives and cooperative teams.

Despite significant development in recent years, co-operatives still face difficulties, including their small production scale, few members, capital shortage and personnel forces.

In 2010, 80 per cent of co-operatives had a profit, according to the city Co-operative Alliance.

Nguyen Quoc Hai, chairman of the city Co-operative Aalliance, said the alliance would continue working with the Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute, Can Tho University and other relevant departments and agencies to train personnel for co-operatives.

The Co-operative Alliance would also strengthen and provide consultations for co-operatives to set up feasible projects which can access programmes to provide loans for co-operatives, Hai said.

The Co-operative Alliance had also finished a plan to establish a fund for supporting co-operatives with an initial capital of VND20 billion, he said.

The plan would be submitted to the city People’s Committee for approval, he said.

Vietnam, Hungary promote agricultural cooperation


A forum on opportunities in agriculture, forestry and seafood trade and investment for Vietnamese and Hungarian businesses has taken place in Budapest, Hungary.

Vietnam boosts ties with European countries

The event falls under the framework of a visit to Hungary by a Vietnamese delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), led by Deputy Minister Diep Kinh Tan.

Speaking at the forum, Mr. Tan said in recent years, Vietnam’s agriculture output has accounted for a significant percentage of the country’s GDP and many of its agricultural products have occupied top positions for exports all over the world.

Pham Van Hung, head of the MARD finance department, gave a lecture on the development of Vietnam’s agriculture, forestry and seafood sectors as well as opportunities for trade and investment in agriculture. He also introduced some potential investment projects in Vietnam to the Hungarian.

Nagy Jozsef, a representative of the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, expressed his hope that agricultural cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary will continue developing.

Hungarian lecturers talked about potential cooperation between the two countries in poultry and cattle breeding.

After a question and answer session, businesses from both sides exchanged experiences and discussed plans for further cooperation in the future.

VN, Mexico expand agricultural linkages

tải xuống Việt Nam and Mexico have agreed to beef up bilateral cooperation in agriculture in the future.

The agreement was made at a recent meeting between Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Lê Thanh Tùng and Mexican Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Francisco Mayorga.

The two sides acknowledged more dynamic progress on this field since the latest visit of a delegation of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food to Việt Nam in 2010.

Both sides made positive assessment on advantages and potentials for agricultural development towards the signing an agreement for closer cooperation between the two countries in this field.

Ambassador Tùng suggested that Mexico may learn about rubber and coconut trees growing and processing technology from Việt Nam meanwhile Mexico could help the Southeast Asian country with its experience of breeding fish.

In addition, the two sides can share experiences in shrimp breeding for export and producing agricultural machinery, he added.

For his part, the Mexican Minister highlighted the significance of strengthening the cooperative relations between Mexico and Southeast Asian nations, including Việt Nam, affirming that Mexico hopes to deploy a number of agricultural projects in Việt Nam in the coming time.

The two-way trade turnover between the two countries surpassed US $950 million last year. Both sides are determined to raise the figure to US $1 billion in 2011.

VN, Mexico to promote cooperation in agriculture


Vietnam and Mexico have agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in agriculture in the future.

The agreement was made at a recent meeting between Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Le Thanh Tung and Mexican Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa), Francisco Mayorga.

During the meeting, both sides have made positive assessment on advantages and potentials for agricultural development towards signing an agreement for closer cooperation between the two countries in this field.

Minister Tung said that Mexico can learn about rubber and coconut trees growing and processing technology from Vietnam while Mexico can help Vietnam with breeding fish. In addition, the two sides can share experiences in shrimp breeding for export and producing agricultural machinery.

Mayorga highlighted the importance of strengthening cooperative relations between Mexico and Southeast Asian nations, including Vietnam , affirming that Mexico intends to deploy a number of agricultural projects in Vietnam in the coming time.

Sagarpa’s statistics showed that, since early this year, the value of Mexico ’s farm produce exports to Vietnam reached 100 million USD with a total two-way trade of more than 300 million USD.

Last year, Vietnm – Mexico bilateral trade surpassed 950 million USD. The figure is expected to hit 1 billion USD this year./.

Farmers worry about mining in Red River Delta

160535 VietNamNet Bridge – Despite serious public concerns on coal mining in the Red River Delta, Vietnam’s largest mining company still wants to go ahead with mining huge coal reserves in the Red River Delta, one of the most populated agricultural areas in the country.

The Vietnam National Coal and Minerals Corporation is impatient in implementing the mining project because geologists estimate coal reserves in the Red River Delta are about 210 billion tons, spread out in the northern provinces of Thai Binh, Hung Yen and Nam Dinh.

The problem lies in the fact that the Red River Delta is the country’s second largest rice basket and rich paddy fields will be destroyed and many farmers rendered jobless once the mining starts.

Does Vietnam want coal or rice?

The coal mining company said it had applied for permission to launch a pilot mining project on three sites, Khai Chau in Hung Yen province, Kien Xuong and Tien Hai in Thai Binh province. The Prime Minister is expected to review the project during the third quarter of this year.

According to Ngo Xuan Chien, deputy chairman of the district People’s Committee, although the mining company has not yet implemented the project, residents in district Tien Hai are very worried about compensation, when authorities will reclaim their farmland for the project and farmers in Hung Yen fret that they will be rendered idle when their paddy fields are reclaimed.

However, agencies in the province have a different viewpoint. Pham Van Nam, head of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Thai Binh province is concerned that most residents here only know farming skills and are unskilled to take up any other jobs. Subsequently, any change will lead to widespread depression.

On the contrary, the Department of Industry and Trade is waiting to implement the project. Nguyen Hanh Phuc, chairman of People’s Committee of Thai Binh province hopes the project will help develop the province, stating that the province GDP is approximately VND1 trillion but it spends VND2.5 trillion. Moreover, 1.1 million tons of rice is produced here and around 500,000 tons is consumed.

Prof. Nguyen Khac Vinh, chairman of the Vietnam Geology Federation, said the company must consider the mining methodologies so that exploitation does not take over farmlands. The company has promised that the project will not disrupt farming activities as it will use a technology that gasifies the coal underground and minimizes environmental impact, unlike open-cast mines in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

Dr. Nguyen Tri Ngoc, chief of the Department of Crop Production (DCP) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is cautious about mining projects as there is high risk of land subsiding which will affect thousands of residents in the delta.

Prof. Tran Van Tri from the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology said that people needed to study the geography of the region much more carefully to avoid environmental pollution and cause food security problems. Since mining is all conducted underground, it will certainly have an impact on the underground water reserves and the rising gas will make the fields dry.

Although energy security is essential and vital for the country’s growth, the government should also lay as much emphasis on food security.

Viet-nam’s agriculture in recent years

vu-kien-nong-nghiep Resolution No 10 adopted by the Politburo’s in 1988 defines the role of the household’s economy in agricultural production. The correct policy has brought about great effectiveness, helping agriculture develop comprehensively in recent years the agricultural output has increased by 4.3% and rice production in the Mekong river delta has grown rapidly thanks to investment into irrigation development and technical progress resulted from scientific research.

In 2004, the export turnover of agricultural products reached 4 billions USD. Viet Nam is now considered one of the leading exporters of rice, coffee, rubber and black pepper. Viet Nam exported 3.9 million tons of rice valued 900 million USD, 23% higher than that of 2003 and 100,000 tons of cashew nuts worth 400 million USD (its market has been expanded to the US, China, Eastern and Northern Europe). Wood processing increased the most with a value of 1 million USD accounting for 25% of the total agricultural export volume. Export of coffee reached 900,000 tons, growing nearly 40% in quantity and 30 % in turnover. The export of 900,000 tons of tea brought home nearly 90 million USD (the highest amount so far). And the export of 98,000 tons of black pepper valued 133.7 million USD.

However, there remain several shortcomings. The low quality made it difficult for Vietnamese agricultural products to enter the market of developed countries. Agricultural restructuring and diversification as well as the development of agricultural product processing were carried out at a slow pace. The increase of labor force in rural areas created job shortage and hindered the raising of labor productivity.

Lately, new rural models have come into beings in the Red River Delta. Specially, traditional trade villages have developed into "industrial clusters" and dynamic centers, turning rural tradesmen into businessmen or owners of modern small and medium size enterprises specialized in furniture (Dong Ky), ceramics (Bat Trang), lean pork (Nam Sach), vegetable (Gia Loc), bonsai (Me So) and flora (Me Linh Dong Anh).
According to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the "New Village" programme will start in the period 2006-2010. The new villages standards include an average income per capita doubling that of the province, 85% population using clean water, 100% households accessing electricity, and a below-20% malnutrition rate. At the beginning, 400 villages (about 6-8 village a province) will be selected to join the programme. The programme will be implemented mainly by the villagers while the Government support will be provided in technical field and partial investment capital. Unlike other programmes such as Program 135 and Clean Water and Environment Sanitation Programme, the "New Village" Program is aimed at developing rural areas in all fields, i.e. infrastructure, commodity production, employment and environment protection.
International cooperation in agriculture: According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in 2004 alone, thirty one projects were signed, with a total registration of US$ 405 million from ODA of over 20 sponsors, focusing on irrigation, forestry, poverty reduction, natural disaster prevention and mitigation. Many projects have been put into operation, among which were some major projects like Phuoc Hoa Complex Irrigation Project with the total loan of over US$ 124 million from the Asia Development Bank, Viet Nam Resource Management Supporting Project with a loan of US$ 157.8 million from the World Bank and Post-fire Reforestation Project with a grant of US$1.7 million from Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Additionally, there are many other projects for emergency support helping Vietnamese farmers recover from consequences of natural disasters and epidemics such as National Emergency Relief Project for Bird Flu with a grant of US$ 1.3 million from the EU or Emergency Project that provides the Central Highlands’ rice farmers with rice seeds and fertilizer to overcome the consequences caused by drought with a grant of US$ 400,000 from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In 2004, the MARD actively participated in international economic integration process, implementing effectively the plans for the 8th WTO multilateral negotiations on fauna and botanic quarantine, taking part in speeding up the implementation of the Viet Nam-US Trade Agreement.
With these achievements, Viet Nam is hoped to become a WTO member as planned and offer more chances for the agriculture and forestry sector to reach the target of US$ 7 billion by the year 2010, contributing to the implementation of export-oriented strategy in agriculture in the coming years.
According to the MARD, in 2005, agriculture will continue attracting more financial aid and enhancing cooperation to implement the strategy on comprehensive growth, poverty reduction and sustainable development in agriculture, forestry and irrigation.
The MARD is finalizing 38 projects for signing with a total estimated capital of over US$ 800 millions, of which the loan values around US$ 680 millions, and the rest is non-refundable aid. Out of these, there are projects on calamity relief with loans of US$ 150 million, irrigation system development in the central region with an ODA capital of US$ 120 million and improvement of infrastructure for water supply, rural sanity and healthcare with a capital of about US$ 100 million.

Pepper becomes hot commodity in Gia Lai

tải xuống (8) Hundreds of pepper farmers in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai feel they have won the lottery.

With just one crop they have turned into dong billionaires, thanks to a sharp increase in world pepper prices.

In the last crop, pepper prices rose higher than at any point in the previous 15 years, reaching VND120,000 (US$ 6) per kilo of black pepper and VND200,000 (US$9) per kilo for white pepper, about VND20,000 per kilo higher than that in early April.

In Chu Prong District alone, nearly one hundred families in the communes of Ia Pia, Ia Ver and Ia Ga harvested between 10 and 30 tonnes each, turning all of them into dong billionaires.

Nguyen Van Tap, a farmer in Ia Pia Commune, said his family harvested about 20 tonnes from two-thirds of their pepper garden.

“After paying all the expenses for fertiliser, fuel, and labour, we earned VND2.5 billion (US$119,000),” Tap said.

According to the Viet Nam Pepper Association (VPA), Viet Nam now has about 15,000ha under pepper, 70 per cent of which is located in Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong. Each ha yields an average of 2.5 tonnes per crop.

The Gia Lai Agriculture and Rural Development Department also said that the province now had over 6,000ha under pepper cultivation, the majority of which were in the two districts of Chu Se and Chu Puh.

A VPA representative explained the record increase in pepper prices, saying Indian pepper output had fallen sharply this year, so major processors in the world had turned to buying the spice from Viet Nam.

Pepper fever

The pepper fever is now spreading across many districts in Gia Lai Province, prompting many farming households to chop their coffee plants, according to a report by the Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) Newspaper.

Ngo Van Tu, a farmer in Chu Prong District’s Bau Can Commune, said his family had spent more than 20 years planting coffee trees, but now they had to shift to pepper to make more profit.

“This crop, we harvested nearly five tonnes of coffee beans and sold them at VND 40 million per tonne. After paying all expenses, we ended up with very modest gains,” Tu said.

However, the cultivation of pepper is not as smooth and easy as it looks, experts say.

Hoang Phuoc Binh, vice president of the Chu Se pepper association, said the job was also fraught with risk.

For a ha of pepper creepers, farmers have to build about 2,200 cement pillars which cost VND150,000 each. On average, the cost of cultivating one ha of pepper is VND700 million ($33,000), exclusive of land rentals, Binh said.

In Gia Lai Province, many farming households have used bank loans for growing pepper, but it was not always the case that the spice fetched very good prices, he said.

Apart from the interest rates that added to cultivation costs, pepper, like other crops, was also exposed to natural calamities and diseases, he added.

This can be seen in the fact that many pepper farmers were close to bankruptcy because of piled up debts, Binh said.

Hanoi Trade Corporation – HAPRO

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The Hochiminh City Branch has been setting up import-export and trade relations with over 60 countries and regions in every part of the world. Our products are now widely accepted at the biggest markets like Europe, America, Middle East, Japan, … and always meet the need of all customers.

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