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Mekong Delta should adopt digitisation in agriculture: experts

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Seminar participants check out facilities used in smart agriculture. — VNA/ Photo Thanh Hoà

TRÀ VINH — The embrace of digitisation is necessary to cope with saltwater intrusion in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta, experts have said.

The delta, the country’s largest rice, fruit and seafood producer, is affected by saltwater intrusion from the sea up rivers every year in the dry season.

Nguyễn Hiếu Trung, deputy rector of Cần Thơ University, said the delta has been affected by climate change in recent years, especially by drought and worsening saltwater intrusion which cause severe damage to agriculture.

Speaking at a seminar in Trà Vinh Province earlier this week, he said it should take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution to create new value for agricultural production.  

This would reduce the risks and improve the value of agricultural produce and farmers’ incomes, he added.

Experts at the seminar analysed and presented solutions for using information technology to cope with droughts and saltwater, increasing the efficiency of farmlands and reducing labour costs.  

Nguyễn Thanh Mỹ, chairman of the Mỹ Lan Group in Trà Vinh Province, unveiled his company’s invention of a digital agriculture eco-system to be used with smartphones to develop a digital farm economy.

It also has many other apps that are used in the delta such as smart stations for monitoring brown plant hoppers and buoys for inspecting saltwater intrusion automatically, he said.

With the use of smart phones, farmers can stay at home and monitor brown plant hoppers in their fields and the salinity of water used for irrigation, he said.

Brown plant hoppers are the main rice pests in the region.

The company also sells smart fertilisers for rice cultivation and this helps reduce labour. It also applies digital technology in super-intensive shrimp farming and manufactures smart machines for feeding shrimp, he said.

Trần Trọng Kim, deputy director of the Sóc Trăng Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said relevant agencies should strengthen advocacy about digitisation to change farmers’ mindsets and practices. 

He hoped scientists would do research that could be applied in agriculture. —

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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News – November 27

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Check out the news you should not miss today:

Politics

— Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue will pay official visits to Australia and New Zealand from November 30 to December 6, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the NA Foreign Relations Committee as saying on Saturday.

Society

— Ho Chi Minh City will build three wastewater collection and treatment stations with a total capacity of 365,000 cubic meters a day.

— The Binh Thuan Province Border Guard Command on Saturday said they were investigating a case in which a fishing boat with eight fishermen on board was rammed by a transport ship while they were fishing in the waters of the south-central city of Phan Thiet the night before.

Business

— Vietnam’s seafood exports have fully recovered after the COVID-19 pandemic, with export turnover reaching US$10 billion by the end of November and being forecast to top $11 billion by the end of this year, general secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers Truong Dinh Hoe reported at a seminar in Can Tho City on Saturday.

— More than 90 percent of local businesses temporarily stopped operating, over 14,000 employees of tourism had to temporarily stop working, were shifted to part-time work or even laid off in 2021-22 in the central province of Quang Nam, the province’s tourism department reported at a seminar on COVID-19 response and recovery held by UNESCO and Quang Nam Tourism Association on Saturday.

Lifestyle

— Famous Singaporean designer Frederick Lee has introduced his latest collection titled ‘Take Me Back To Lost Memories And Untold Tale’ at the Vietnam International Fashion Week from November 24 to 27 in Hanoi.

— Two heritage pieces of Vietnam on Friday were recognized as part of documentary heritage in Asia and the Pacific at the 9th general meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific in South Korea, the Vietnamese Agency reported on the same day.

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14 children hospitalized after drinking milk at school in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

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Some 14 elementary students in My Tho City of Tien Giang Province, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, were hospitalized for food poisoning treatment after drinking a milk product at their school on Friday.

They were admitted to Tien Giang General Hospital, which confirmed the admission on the night of the same day.

The children suffered from nausea and stomachache.

Their health basically resumed stable condition after treatment and all were released at 7:00 pm on Friday.

They are students of Nguyen Trai Elementary School in My Tho, the capital city of Tien Giang.

Phan Minh Tan, principal of the school, said the children drank a milk product provided by a company in Ho Chi Minh City at around 2:00 pm on Friday and 14 of them started feeling sick shortly after.

Health authorities in Tien Giang have tested the samples of the dairy product to investigate the cause of the case.

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Ho Chi Minh City woman sentenced to death for murder, abuse of fiancé’s daughter

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The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Friday sentenced a woman to death for beating her fiancé’s eight-year-old daughter to death last year.

The death penalty was handed down to Nguyen Vo Quynh Trang, 27, for ‘murder,’ along with a three-year imprisonment for ‘torturing others.’

The judge panel also gave Nguyen Kim Trung Thai, the murdered child’s 37-year-old father, three years in prison for ‘torturing others’ and an additional five years for ‘concealing crimes.’

The criminal behavior of the defendants is particularly dangerous for society as they committed crimes against a child, according to the city People’s Procuracy.

It is thus necessary to remove them from social life permanently.

Trang and Thai had lived together for over a year, from the time Thai divorced his ex-wife and was given custody of the daughter in 2020. 

Trang had frequently beaten the eight-year-old girl and forced her to do chores, investigation found

When rods broke due to repeated beatings, she switched to wooden implements.

On December 22 last year, Trang beat the girl so badly that she fainted. 

The girl was taken to hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. 

Her wounds and bruises prompted doctors to contact police.

Thai then deleted all the camera data of his apartment to conceal the crime.

The case triggered indignation among people nationwide.

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