Key plant-breed plan to cost $8 million.

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The Government will invest VND170 billion ($8.25 million) in developing key plant breeds, according to VietGAP (Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practices) standards. The funds will be devoted to 29 projects that will run until 2015, according to Tong Khiem, Director of the National Agricultural Extension Centre under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Khiem said…


Ministry approves saltwater fish breeding plan

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved the master plan to develop saltwater fish breeding in the 2015-2020 period. Accordingly, the ministry set a target of producing 61,000 tonnes of brackish and salt water fish in 2015, which will increase to 98,000 tonnes in 2020. The output of caged fish is expected to…


Livestock tracking plan moves forward

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Washington, D.C. — Official exclusion of brands and eventual inclusion of feeder cattle continues to raise hackles in some quarters as the U.S. Department of Agriculture moves forward with a long-awaited plan to trace U.S. livestock moving into interstate commerce for disease mitigation purposes. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the nation’s chief veterinary officer…


Chinese keep collecting materials, businesses keep complaining

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Chinese keep flocking to Vietnam to collect farm produce, which has pushed the domestic prices up and putting hard pressure on the inflation. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Industry and Trade still says that this is a “sensitive” matter which is difficult to be dealt with. Vietnamese have been trying to boost exports to China, but…


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…


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