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An Giang develops hi-tech vegetable farming for export

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Vegetables grown using hydroponics in a poly greenhouse in An Giang Province’s Long Xuyên City. — VNA/ Photo Vũ Sinh

AN GIANG — The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang plans to develop concentrated vegetable growing areas that use advanced techniques and production codes to facilitate exports.

An Giang, one of the delta’s largest vegetable growing provinces, plans to develop 6,000ha by 2025, focusing on leaf, root and fruit vegetables, corn, peanut, and taro.

It targets half the area getting production codes, 1,350ha getting Vietnamese good agricultural practices (VietGAP) certification and 350ha getting GlobalGAP certification by 2025.

It will promote farming by co-operatives and co-operative groups in these areas under value chains.

It targets increasing incomes from these areas by at least 40 per cent in 2025 compared to last year.

Trần Anh Thư, deputy chairman of the province People’s Committee, said the province would support co-operatives, co-operative groups and companies investing in processing and preserving vegetable products.

“The province … will renovate and develop agricultural production models based on market demand, value chain development, large production scale, and linkages between companies, co-operatives, co-operative groups, and farmers.”

It also plans to improve forecasting of market demand, promote trade and shift exports of vegetable products to Cambodia and China from unofficial to official channels.

It will expand exports to promising markets like the EU, Japan, Australia, and South Korea.

It will help set up eight new co-operatives and co-operative groups that grow clean vegetables, process and distribute vegetables.

All co-operatives will be granted the right to use the An Giang brand name for their vegetables.

Clean vegetables

An Giang has encouraged farmers in recent years to use advanced techniques to grow clean vegetables.

Nguyễn Văn Sách of Mỹ Thạnh Ward in Long Xuyên City has switched from growing vegetables using traditional farming methods to organic standards with encouragement from the city Agriculture Extension Centre.

For his first crop after the switch, he was taught farming techniques and provided cucumber seedlings and organic fertilisers by the centre, he said.  

Now he also grows other vegetables like various gourds and winter melon, he said.

“The yield of organic vegetables is not high but their production costs are lower, and so the profit is still good.”

The province Farmers Association also supports its members.

Its Farmer Support Fund provided soft loans worth a total of VNĐ30.9 billion (US$1.35 million) to 1,084 farmers last year for growing vegetables, fruits and other produce, raising animals and doing business.

The province encourages farmers with unproductive rice fields to grow other, high-value crops instead, including vegetables, to improve their incomes, and more than 31,100ha have been converted since 2016 to grow vegetables and fruits.

According to Nguyễn Sĩ Lâm, director of the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the income from vegetables is VNĐ120-150 million ($5,300 -6,600) a year per hectare.

In 2021-25 the province plans to convert another 34,100ha of unproductive rice fields to grow vegetables and fruits.

Thư, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee, said the province would help farmers acquire quality seeds and high technologies to reduce costs and increase yields.

It targets agricultural sector growth of 2.8 per cent a year in 2021-25, the same as in 2016-20. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1165668/an-giang-develops-hi-tech-vegetable-farming-for-export.html

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Ho Chi Minh City’s ward to set up task force against uncontrolled waste disposal

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The administration of a ward in Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam, will establish a dedicated team in charge of detecting and handling cases of random garbage disposal to protect the living environment for local residents.

The An Phu Dong Ward will install cameras and set up a specialized team to monitor and check local riverbanks and canals to detect, prevent and handle cases of illegal dumping, Le Phan Quang Tien, deputy chairman of the ward People’s Committee, in District 12, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper.

Such a task force is necessary as people who sneakily dispose of waste often commit their wrong act at night or early morning, when everybody is in a deep sleep, Tien said.

“In order to eliminate improper garbage disposal, we are implementing flexible and practical solutions to tighten control over environmental sanitation, including enhancing public awareness of environmental protection,” the official added. 

He emphasized that the ward will adopt a mechanism to mobilize the role of people and communities to detect and denounce acts of littering in public places.

At the same time, authorities will reward individuals and units who promptly identify and report violators, Tien stated.

Currently, there have been a lot of rubbish heaps alongside the banks of the Vam Thuat River and on roads, with rats and cockroaches running in and out, Tien Phong (Youth) reporters recorded on the site.

Except for small volumes of domestic waste, such garbage there is mainly industrial and construction waste, including broken pieces of metal, glass and electronic appliances.  

Many people even burned metal waste to get copper wires, causing smoke and dust pollution and posing risks of fire or explosion, locals complained.

“Most of the refuse here has been brought in by tricycles hired by people living in other localities,” Son, a local public utility staff, said, adding that such tricycles often came late at night to dump waste stealthily. 

Son emphasized that there are not enough forces to handle such violations.

Thao, a woman who owns a beverage shop in the riverbank area, said there were times when waste occupied roadways and travelers had to avoid them while going by.

“Recently, some residents had to spend millions of dong (VND1 million = US$41) hiring people to clean up trash heaps that are ‘as high as mountains,’ Thao said.  

She noted that authorities have caught and penalized many people who randomly disposed of waste here but the situation has yet to be improved.

Thao said locals will help local administration to drive back the situation by detecting and reporting those who commit such acts, but heavy fines should be imposed to deter wrongdoers.

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The administration of a ward in Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam, will establish a dedicated team in charge of detecting and handling cases of random garbage disposal to protect the living environment for local residents.

The An Phu Dong Ward will install cameras and set up a specialized team to monitor and check local riverbanks and canals to detect, prevent and handle cases of illegal dumping, Le Phan Quang Tien, deputy chairman of the ward People’s Committee, in District 12, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper.

Such a task force is necessary as people who sneakily dispose of waste often commit their wrong act at night or early morning, when everybody is in a deep sleep, Tien said.

“In order to eliminate improper garbage disposal, we are implementing flexible and practical solutions to tighten control over environmental sanitation, including enhancing public awareness of environmental protection,” the official added. 

He emphasized that the ward will adopt a mechanism to mobilize the role of people and communities to detect and denounce acts of littering in public places.

At the same time, authorities will reward individuals and units who promptly identify and report violators, Tien stated.

Currently, there have been a lot of rubbish heaps alongside the banks of the Vam Thuat River and on roads, with rats and cockroaches running in and out, Tien Phong (Youth) reporters recorded on the site.

Except for small volumes of domestic waste, such garbage there is mainly industrial and construction waste, including broken pieces of metal, glass and electronic appliances.  

Many people even burned metal waste to get copper wires, causing smoke and dust pollution and posing risks of fire or explosion, locals complained.

“Most of the refuse here has been brought in by tricycles hired by people living in other localities,” Son, a local public utility staff, said, adding that such tricycles often came late at night to dump waste stealthily. 

Son emphasized that there are not enough forces to handle such violations.

Thao, a woman who owns a beverage shop in the riverbank area, said there were times when waste occupied roadways and travelers had to avoid them while going by.

“Recently, some residents had to spend millions of dong (VND1 million = US$41) hiring people to clean up trash heaps that are ‘as high as mountains,’ Thao said.  

She noted that authorities have caught and penalized many people who randomly disposed of waste here but the situation has yet to be improved.

Thao said locals will help local administration to drive back the situation by detecting and reporting those who commit such acts, but heavy fines should be imposed to deter wrongdoers.

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Vietnam announces seven-day Tet break

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The Vietnamese government approved a plan to let public employees take a seven-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday next month, according to an announcement on Thursday.

The holiday will start on January 20 and last until January 26, allowing public employees to leave work two days before Tet starts on January 22.

The seven-day break includes five days off from work and two days of compensatory leave as the second and third days out of the five-day streak overlaps the weekend.

The Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, is the biggest holiday in Vietnam and an important occasion for family reunion.

The government also announced four days off for the 2023 National Day (September 2), spanning from September 1 to 4.

This schedule includes the weekend from September 2 to 3, 2023.

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The Vietnamese government approved a plan to let public employees take a seven-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday next month, according to an announcement on Thursday.

The holiday will start on January 20 and last until January 26, allowing public employees to leave work two days before Tet starts on January 22.

The seven-day break includes five days off from work and two days of compensatory leave as the second and third days out of the five-day streak overlaps the weekend.

The Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, is the biggest holiday in Vietnam and an important occasion for family reunion.

The government also announced four days off for the 2023 National Day (September 2), spanning from September 1 to 4.

This schedule includes the weekend from September 2 to 3, 2023.

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Da Nang wins Vietnam’s smart city award for 3rd straight year

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The central city of Da Nang has been granted the Best Vietnam Smart City Award 2022 for the third consecutive time.

This award was among the 43 bestowed upon cities, enterprises, and products considerably contributing to smart city building and national digital transformation.

At the ceremony held by the Vietnam Software & IT Services Association (VINASA) in Hanoi on Thursday, Da Nang also received the prizes for smart governance and management, smart transportation and logistics, startup and innovation city, and city with smart application serving citizens and enterprises.

Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, Pho Yen City in northern Thai Nguyen Province, and Dong Xoai City in southern Binh Phuoc Province also won the smart governance and management city award. 

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue obtained the startup and innovation city award, and Thai Nguyen City in the namesake province was honored as a smart application city serving citizens and enterprises.

In addition, 34 prizes were presented to technological solutions in 17 categories, including administration, transport, environment, health care, agriculture, construction, and tourism, according to the Vietnam News Agency

Statistics show that the 34 digital solutions for smart city building have gained over VND350 billion (US$14.3 million) in revenue.

The Vietnam Smart City Awards 2022 was launched by the VINASA on August 8 and attracted 148 nominations. 

The annual prestigious award, which was first introduced in 2020, aims to promote digital transformation, the application of information technology, and the building of smart cities across the country, as well as honor achievements of cities, urban areas, industrial parks, and technological solutions.

Da Nang also won the Best Vietnam Smart City Award in 2020 and 2021.

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The central city of Da Nang has been granted the Best Vietnam Smart City Award 2022 for the third consecutive time.

This award was among the 43 bestowed upon cities, enterprises, and products considerably contributing to smart city building and national digital transformation.

At the ceremony held by the Vietnam Software & IT Services Association (VINASA) in Hanoi on Thursday, Da Nang also received the prizes for smart governance and management, smart transportation and logistics, startup and innovation city, and city with smart application serving citizens and enterprises.

Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, Pho Yen City in northern Thai Nguyen Province, and Dong Xoai City in southern Binh Phuoc Province also won the smart governance and management city award. 

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue obtained the startup and innovation city award, and Thai Nguyen City in the namesake province was honored as a smart application city serving citizens and enterprises.

In addition, 34 prizes were presented to technological solutions in 17 categories, including administration, transport, environment, health care, agriculture, construction, and tourism, according to the Vietnam News Agency

Statistics show that the 34 digital solutions for smart city building have gained over VND350 billion (US$14.3 million) in revenue.

The Vietnam Smart City Awards 2022 was launched by the VINASA on August 8 and attracted 148 nominations. 

The annual prestigious award, which was first introduced in 2020, aims to promote digital transformation, the application of information technology, and the building of smart cities across the country, as well as honor achievements of cities, urban areas, industrial parks, and technological solutions.

Da Nang also won the Best Vietnam Smart City Award in 2020 and 2021.

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