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Đồng Tháp holds ceremony for first advanced rice farming project

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A drone is used to spray pesticides on a rice field under the province’s first advanced rice farming project in Tháp Mười District. — VNA/ Photo Chương Đài

ĐỒNG THÁP — The Đồng Tháp Province People’s Committee on Wednesday held a ceremony to celebrate the Mekong Delta province’s first advanced rice farming project that uses modern techniques in all production stages and uses irrigation water efficiently.

The project is being implemented on 170ha by the Mỹ Đông 2 Commune Co-operative in Tháp Mười District.   

Under the project, participating farmers use machines and smart devices for all production stages such as sowing seeds, fertilising, harvesting and post-harvest handling.

Participating farmers use slow-release fertiliser buried in soil as well as smart devices that use alternate wet and dry irrigation methods to save water.

They are also using smart devices to monitor brown plant hoppers, which are the main pests on rice fields.

The use of drones to spray pesticides helps farmers reduce the quantity of pesticide by 10 – 20 per cent compared to traditional spraying methods.

Rice produced under the project has traceable origin and is guaranteed sales outlets under farming contracts.

The production cost of rice planted under the project is about VNĐ4,266 a kilogramme, nearly VNĐ400 lower than the production cost under traditional methods.

The project is estimated to offer a profit of VNĐ15.8 million (US$680) per hectare a crop, up nearly VNĐ10 million ($430) compared to rice planted under traditional methods.

The project also creates conditions for farmers to exchange farming techniques, which reduces pollution and pesticide residue in rice fields.  

Nguyễn Thanh Hùng, vice chairman of the People’s Committee, said that advanced techniques, modern machines and information technology, as well as linkages among farmers, scientists and rice companies are also being applied.

The project has reduced production costs, improved production efficiency, and protected the environment and farmers’ health.

He said the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and local authorities should expand the project to other localities.

The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province, one of the delta’s largest rice producers, has more than 200,000ha of land devoted to growing rice.

The province’s farmers grow a total of more than 520,000ha of rice in three rice crops a year with an annual paddy output of more than 3.3 million tonnes. —

 

 

A smart facility for monitoring brown plant hoppers is installed on a rice field as part of the province’s first advanced rice farming project in Tháp Mười District. — VNA/ Photo Chương Đài

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/793505/dong-thap-holds-ceremony-for-first-advanced-rice-farming-project.html

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South Korean businessman kills compatriot over ‘money conflict’

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South Korean businessman kills compatriot over ‘money conflict’

Jeong In Cheol was arrested while hiding at a luxury apartment in HCMC’s District 2, November 28, 2020. Photo courtesy of HCMC police.


A South Korean man has confessed to murdering and dismembering a compatriot in a rented house in Saigon over some money-related conflict, police said.

Jeong In Cheol, 35, director of the Creata Vietnam Company, which is based in District 7 and specializes in providing marketing solutions for South Korean products, has confessed to killing his 33-year-old compatriot An Tong Duk.

The murder was discovered Friday night by the landlord of a four-story house in District 7’s Him Lam residential area that Cheol had rented a few months ago as his company’s office.

The landlord had come to check his property after Cheol abruptly announced he would stop renting the house.

Inside a toilet, the landlord found a blood stained pink suitcase and next to it, a saw and locking pliers. Inside the suitcase was a black plastic bag containing body parts.

Police also found three other nylon bags with body parts on the third floor of the house.

“This is an especially serious murder,” said major general Dinh Thanh Nhan, deputy director of HCMC Police, who directed investigations at the crime scene.

Camera footage from round the area showed Cheol driving a black car with Duk to the company’s office and leaving it without him.

Within 12 hours of discovering the murder, police arrested Cheol Saturday afternoon. He was hiding in an apartment in the Masteri Thao Dien complex in District 2, around five kilometers from the murder scene.

With an investigation ongoing, more details about the murder were not released.

Nearly 11,000 South Koreans live in District 7, mainly in the Phu My Hung area. According to the HCMC Vietnam – Korea Friendship Association, nearly 90,000 South Koreans reside in the southern city now.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/south-korean-businessman-kills-compatriot-over-money-conflict-4198635.html

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Gov’t decides seven days off for 2021 Lunar New Year holiday

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a 7-day Lunar New Year break at the proposal of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Gov’t decides seven days off for 2021 Lunar New Year holiday
The 2021 Lunar New Year break. Graphics: VGP

Accordingly, officials, public servants and employees working at administrative, non-business agencies, political organizations and socio-political organizations will have seven days off, from February 10, 2021 to February 16, 2021. 

The Lunar New Year is the biggest festival in a year for Vietnamese as it is an occasion for family reunion.

The Government chief also approved four days off for the 2021 National Day, from September 2-5.  VGP

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/gov-t-decides-seven-days-off-for-2021-lunar-new-year-holiday-693029.html

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Japan, Russia returnees Vietnam’s latest imported Covid-19 cases

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Japan, Russia returnees Vietnam’s latest imported Covid-19 cases

A medical staff tests human samples for the novel coronavirus in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.


Two Vietnamese returning from Russia and Japan were confirmed infected with the novel coronavirus Saturday evening, taking the national active case count to 124.

“Patient 1340” is a 23-year-old man from the central province of Thanh Hoa. On November 13, he returned from Japan and landed at Cam Ranh Airport in Khanh Hoa Province on Vietjet Air flight VJ8650.

He was sent to a centralized quarantine facility in Khanh Hoa on entry and his second test result on Friday showed he was positive for the virus. The patient is being treated at Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

“Patient 1341” is a 20-year-old woman from Hanoi. She landed at Cam Ranh Airport on Bamboo Airways flight QH9195 from Russia on November 24 and was quarantined upon arrival.

Her first test result on Friday came back positive and she is receiving treatment at the same hospital as “Patient 1340”.

Earlier, four people boarding the same Bamboo Airways flight and being quarantined in Khanh Hoa upon arrival were confirmed positive for the coronavirus.

Vietnam now has 1,341 Covid-19 cases. Saturday also saw nine patients declared free of Covid-19, raising total recoveries to 1,179.

The country of 96 million people has recorded 35 deaths so far. Three others died after they had been confirmed Covid-19 free, and thus were not counted in either the recoveries or the deaths.

Vietnam has gone 86 days without community transmissions while the pandemic situation in many European countries and the U.S. have turned complicated.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit 218 countries and territories, with more than 1.4 million deaths reported.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/japan-russia-returnees-vietnam-s-latest-imported-covid-19-cases-4198608.html

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