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Farmers expect low profits from grapefruit sold for Tết

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A grapefruit orchard is planted under organic standards in Sông Xoài Commune in Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province’s Phú Mỹ Town. – VNA/ Photo Hoàng Nhị

BÀ RỊA – VŨNG TÀU – Farmers in Sông Xoài Commune in Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province’s Phú Mỹ Town are concerned about poor profits from grapefruit harvested for the upcoming Tết (Lunar New Year) festival which falls on February 1.

Sông Xoài Commune, which has the largest grapefruit growing area in the southern province, will enter the harvest grapefruit season next month.

The price of grapefruit is low, but the cost of fertilisers and pesticides is high. In addition, the outlets of grapefruit are unstable because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to local farmers.

Nguyễn Văn Lưu, who has a 10ha green skin and pink flesh grapefruit orchard in Sông Xoài’s Phước Bình Hamlet, said that even though the price of grapefruit is low at VNĐ12,000 –  17,000 (52 – 74 US cent) a kilogramme, it is difficult to sell.

The prices of fertiliser and pesticides have increased by 30 – 40 per cent against the same period last year, he said. His family’s profit from growing grapefruit has declined significantly.

This year, local farmers treated grapefruit trees to bloom at the end of lunar April. However, there was a lot of rain during that time, so many grapefruit flowers fell off, causing a decline in output.

Lưu estimates he will harvest only 12 tonnes of grapefruit for the upcoming Tết, down 6 tonnes against the last Tết.

Nguyễn Minh Tuấn, who uses organic growing standards for his 1ha grapefruit orchard in Sông Xoài, said he is concerned about unstable outlets and the low price of grapefruit for Tết.

When the province implemented social distancing to fight the COVID – 19 pandemic in July, the price of green skin and pink flesh grapefruit fell to VNĐ7,000 – 14,000 a kilogramme and farmers could not sell the fruit. Local authorities had to call on local consumers to help farmers sell the fruit.

At current prices of green skin and pink flesh grapefruit at VNĐ12,000 – 17,000 a kilogramme, farmers who use chemical fertilisers and pesticides will not see a profit, Tuấn said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, unstable outlets and declining selling prices have caused concern among  farmers about sales for Tết,” he said.

Sông Xoài is well known for its high-quality green skin and pink flesh grapefruit. The fruit is often in high demand during Tết.

Hồ Hoàng Kha, deputy director of the Sông Xoài Green Skin and Pink Flesh Grapefruit Co-operative, said the declining price and high production costs for fertiliser and pesticide have caused problems for farmers.

To cope with unstable outlets and lower prices, many grapefruit owners in the commune are renovating their orchards and planning to switch to grapefruit grown under organic standards in the next crop.

The use of organic standards will help reduce the cost of fertilisers and pesticides and increase the quality of the grapefruit. Organic standard grapefruit has stable outlets and can be exported.

The Sông Xoài Green Skin and Pink Flesh Grapefruit Co-operative has 200ha of green skin and pink flesh grapefruit. Of the figure, nearly 100ha are planted under organic standards. –

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1092057/farmers-expect-low-profits-from-grapefruit-sold-for-tet.html

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Construction of $630,000 carp-shaped fountain halted in Vietnam’s southern province

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Heeding complaints from the public, the administration of Soc Trang Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region has halted a project involving the construction of two massive carp-shaped fountains on the banks of a local river.

The provincial People’s Committee issued a document asking authorities in Soc Trang City, the provincial capital, to cease the construction of a VND15 billion (US$632,000) decorative project, Tran Van Lau, chairman of the committee, said on Tuesday.

Nguyen Van Quan, secretary of the Soc Trang City Party’s Committee and chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, confirmed that the project would be halted and said the standing board of the committee is working on resolving the issue.

“There are many who oppose the project, so we will likely stop construction. Provincial authorities already agreed to suspend the project,” Zing News – a local publication – quoted a leader of the Soc Trang City administration as saying earlier.

Prior to Quan’s statement, the Soc Trang City administration had issued a resolution to launch the project on the two banks of the Maspero River, with construction expected to start in 2023 and be completed in 2025.

The bill for the project was expected to be footed by the city’s state budget. 

After the information about the project was announced, the public began voicing concerns that the money would be better suited for infrastructure that benefited local residents.  

According to the project’s blueprint, each bank of the river was meant to have a sculpture depicting a carp transforming into a dragon, built from white stone and a granite-covered concrete base.

One of the statues was designed to measure 5.6 meters tall while the other was envisioned to be 8.32 meters tall.

They were set to be located the Bridge 30-4 and Bridge C247.

The base of each statue was desinged to feature the words ‘Carp turning into a dragon in Soc Trang – Vietnam’

An artistic LED lighting system was planned to decorate the statues, and a fountain was meant to shoot water from their mouths.

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Authorities order inspection of illegal constructions inside fish farm turned eco-tourism area in Vietnam

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Authorities in Nghe An Province, north-central Vietnam have ordered the inspection of a fish farming project that was turned into an eco-tourism area inclusive of a park and a driving range.

Dang Thanh Tung, head of the provincial People’s Committee Office, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday that the administration had sent an urgent document to authorities in Hung Nguyen District, ordering the examination of a high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC.

The district authorities were tasked with inspecting the violations at the facility and handling them in accordance with regulations.

A bird’s-eye view of the high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

A bird’s-eye view of the high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

They will have to submit a report detailing their inspection to the provincial administration prior to October 15.

The high-tech tilapia farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC was approved by the Nghe An People’s Committee on June 1, 2017.

Located in Hung My Commune, Hung Nguyen District, the project covers an area of seven hectares and costs nearly VND51 billion (US$2.1 million).

The driving range located on the premises of the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tien Phong reader

The golf driving range located on the premises of the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tien Phong reader

The developer was recently found to have built multiple constructions that were not permitted by competent authorities, including an artificial mountain, three football fields, a golf driving range, and a park with the models of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The artificial mountain and football fields were put into operation in September 2020.

In June 2021, authorities in Hung Nguyen District imposed a VND30 million ($1,260) fine on Synot Asean JSC for these violations, though the fine did not stop the company from continuing to build a driving range and park on the premises.

A model of the London Bridge at the park inside the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

A model of the London Bridge at the park inside the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

In order to legitimize these constructions, the firm submitted a proposal to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment seeking permission to turn the project into a tilapia farm combined with ecotourism services.

In a release issued on September 12, the Nghe An People’s Committee confirmed it did not approve Synot Asean’s proposal and ordered the company to cease operating its illegal facilities.

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Substandard speedboats, jet skis, floating restaurants operate in famous Vietnamese bay

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A recent inspection identified several poor quality speedboats, jet skis, and floating restaurants operating in Vinh Hy Bay, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful bodies of water.

The Traffic Safety Board of Ninh Thuan Province, home of Vinh Hy Bay, said on Wednesday that the list of substandard vehicles and venues operating in the bay included 17 speedboats, 14 jet skis, and three floating restaurants.

Tran Quoc Nam, chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee, has ordered related agencies to increase inspections of the area and deal with businesses that fall short of tourism safety regulations in Vinh Hy Bay.

Those that cannot ensure safety must be suspended, Nam said.

A floating restaurant collapses in Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam, in this photo taken in 2016. Photo: Minh Tran / Tien Phong

A floating restaurant collapses in Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam, in this photo taken in 2016. Photo: Minh Tran / Tien Phong

In 2016, the collapse of a raft operating as a floating restaurant in Vinh Hy Bay caused two deaths and injured three people.

More than 300 tourists, including many children, fell into the sea.

Vinh Hy Bay, a small inlet dotted with fishing vessels and woven coracles, is a popular destination for tourists thanks to its charming scenery and delectable seafood.

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