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One imported case, eight recoveries reported on Wednesday evening



One more imported case. A 27-year-old Vietnamese woman entering via the Mộc Bài border gate from Cambodia. Eight more people have recovered.



Hà Nội promotes science and technology in agricultural production




Hi-tech melon farming in Mê Linh District. Photo

HÀ NỘI – Science and technology are key to agricultural production, allowing for increases in the capacity and quality of products and improving farmers’ lives.

For many years, Hà Nội has focused on solutions to promote the transfer of science and technology to farmers.

However, to make science and technology the leverage for sustainable agricultural development, more supportive mechanisms and policies are needed, as well as the participation of the authorities.

Initial progress

Thanks to the application of science and technology in production, Kim Sơn Commune in Gia Lâm District has become the capital city’s hub for growing high quality bananas.

“My family grew more than 200 trees of the South African banana variety and earned over VNĐ250 million (US$11,000) per year on average,” Nguyễn Trọng Nghĩa, a banana farmer, told Hà Nội Mới (New Hà Nội) Newspaper.

“We were planting bananas as per the VietGAP process, which raised consumption,” said Nghĩa.

Meanwhile, farmers in Vạn Thái Commune of Ứng Hoà District have invested in raising pigs to produce clean and safe pork.

A farm belonging to Nguyễn Văn Thanh’s family is one example.

His farm is located on an area of 150,000 sq.m, raising 30,000 pigs in a closed and modern barn system.

Every year, his family earns about VNĐ200 billion (US$8.6 million).

According to the president of Ứng Hoà District’s Farmers’ Association, Phạm Văn Hoạch, the association has guided, trained, and transferred technology and techniques to hundreds of local farmers.

Ứng Hoà District has 51 agricultural production establishments applying high technology, bringing high economic efficiency.

To help farmers access and grasp technological advances of the fourth industrial revolution and master some new technologies, in 2020, the Hà Nội Farmers’ Association coordinated with agencies to organise more than 1,800 scientific and technical training seminars for 188,126 farmers, members of the cooperative and agricultural technicians.

The results achieved were remarkable.

“The application of science and technology increased added value in agricultural production by 30 per cent,” said Tạ Văn Tường, vice director of the Hà Nội Agriculture and Rural Development Department.

“Hà Nội formed several high-tech agricultural models with revenue from VNĐ50 billion to hundreds of billions of đồng,” he said.

In particular, the application of biotechnology in seedling production has brought about a positive effect.

Every year, the city supplies more than 100 million poultry to the market, excluding other breeds of livestock and seedling plants, he added.

According to Dương Thị Hằng, vice president of the Hà Nội Farmers’ Association, in the 2015-2020 period, there were 3,200 farming households in Hà Nội achieving the title of good producers and businesspeople thanks to the application of science and technology.

However, Hằng said that the number of farmers in the city who have the ability to access or master science and technology had not yet met expectations.

This limitation was because the supporting mechanisms as well as the facilitation for farmers to access science and technology including training programmes had not yet met the real demand, Hằng said.

Hi-tech applications

In order to improve farmers’ access to science and technology, Thường Tín District would select appropriate models and integrate them into agricultural vocational training programmes as well as support farmers to build hi-tech production establishments, according to Thường Tín District’s vice chairman Bùi Công Tín.

Meanwhile, vice chairman of Ứng Hoà District Tiến Hoàng said the local authority will link with businesses to build high-tech agricultural models which would be venues for directly guiding and supporting farmers in science and technology.

The district would guide and support farmers to promote the application of information technology, proactively create production chains and marketing channels online, Hoàng said.

Hoạch, president of Ứng Hoà District’s Farmers’ Association, suggested that the city should study and create a mechanism to build farmer support centres in each commune and township.

In addition to the application of information technology in production, it was necessary to guide farmers to access and expand consumption markets, Hoạch said.

However, in order for science and technology to reach farmers, first of all, farmers needed to promote autonomy and self-learning.

In the future, the Hà Nội Agriculture and Rural Development Department will also coordinate with Farmers’ Associations and localities to integrate vocational training and science and technology transfer programmes to farmers through many forms such as building agricultural extension models, organising production and branding conferences and seminars.

“To have a modern agriculture sector, farmers must have mastery of science and technology. Bringing science and technology to farmers would help Hà Nội’s agriculture production to thrive,” said Tường. –




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Peach, kumquat tree growers busy ahead of Tết



Customers choose peach trees in Tây Hồ District in Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo Bùi Văn Lanh

HÀ NỘI — Gardeners growing peaches in Nhật Tân Village and kumquat trees in Tứ Liên Village in Hà Nội’s Tây Hồ District are busy preparing thousands of peach roots and kumquat pots for the Tet (Lunar New Year) market.

In Nhật Tân Village these days, the laughter mixed with the enthusiastic working atmosphere of the peach farmers in the cold weather reminds us that spring is approaching.

The peach roots bear small flower buds, carefully nurtured by the farmers’ skilled hands so they produce the most beautiful flowers to sell for Tết.

At this time, caring for the peach trees is not as strenuous as when the leaves are plucked, but farmers still have to eat and sleep with the trees.

According to Nguyễn Văn Hạnh, who owns a peach garden with more than 400 trees, when it comes to peach care, dedication to the profession is indispensable.

But the most important factor is the weather.

“From the moment we are preparing to pluck the leaves to the time of selling peach blossoms, we have to monitor the weather continuously. If it is too cold, it must be better fertilised, but this weather is normal, there is no need to fertilise. If the tree is a little younger, you must water it more,” said Hạnh.

Many large agencies and companies have come to Nhật Tân peach village and Tứ Liên kumquat village to buy or rent trees for the new year.

Choosing a broad canopy Nhật Tân peach tree with many flower buds and young buds, Thiều Chí Huỳnh, a worker from the Vĩnh Yên City in Vĩnh Phúc Province, said: “Last year I bought a peach tree here and it was beautiful until a month later. Peach trees here have very high quality”.

Next to Nhật Tân Village, Tứ Liên kumquat village is also bustling with customers. Besides traditional kumquat pots, this year, artisans of the village have many unique ideas about the shape of a buffalo for the year of Tân Sửu – the year of buffalo.

According to some garden owners, the bonsai kumquat pots shaped like the back of a buffalo have many special meanings. A golden buffalo symbolises the desire for health and prosperity. The buffalo is an inheritance, strong and hard-working, so it symbolises the desire to have health, fortune and prosperity in the new year.

Not only in Hà Nội, but kumquat tree growers in many provinces and cities are also busy pruning the leaves and beautifying the trees. The work of nurturing the lush trees so that the fruits are ripe and flowering on the occasion of Tết holiday requires a lot of care.

With the creativity of gardeners, kumquats and peach trees in Tết holiday in more and more shapes are available, meeting the high and diverse demands of the people, bringing bright and radiant spring colours to everyone. —


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Looking back on one year fighting COVID-19 in Việt Nam



The otherwise busy Tạ Hiện Street in Hà Nội became quiet in March last year, when a nationwide lockdown order was imposed. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — Today marks the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in Việt Nam. On January 23, 2020, a man visiting from China tested positive for coronavirus. Since then all our lives have been turned upside down as the pandemic spread to all corners of the globe. But despite global upheaval, Việt Nam has been praised for the way it has handled this deadly plague.

As of January 22, the country has seen a total of 1,548 cases with just 35 proving fatal, while 1,411 have recovered. The country has undergone 52 days without a case of COVID-19 community transmission.

Viet Nam News takes a look back at the key events of the past 12 months since that very first case was recorded, and the tremendous efforts made by the authorities, medical staff and security forces, as well as the entire nation, to contain COVID-19.

January 23, 2020: The first case of COVID-19 is reported after a 66-year-old Chinese man came from Wuhan to Viet Nam to visit his son. He and his son were then treated at Chợ Rẫy Hospital, HCM City.

February 13, 2020: Sơn Lôi Commune, Bình Xuyên District in Vĩnh Phúc Province is locked down after six cases were discovered there.

Trúc Bạch Street, where patient 17 lives, is quarantined. — photo

March 6, 2020: Patient 17 tests positive for coronavirus after coming back from Europe, marking a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

March 18, 2020: Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc orders a halt to issuing new visas for foreigners to Việt Nam and limited flights from pandemic zones.

March 25, 2020: Việt Nam suspends all international flights to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Soldiers of the Army Chemicals and Military Medicine Department spray disinfectant to sterilise the area around Bạch Mai Hospital. — VNA/ Photo.

March 28, 2020: Bạch Mai hospital is locked down after many cases related to the hospital were reported. Bạch Mai hospital becomes the virus epicentre of Hà Nội.

April 1, 2020: A social distancing order is implemented nationwide.

April 12, 2020: Bạch Mai Hospital reopens after 14 days of quarantine.

April 23, 2020: The social distancing order is lifted in most areas of the country except for some high-risk zones.

British pilot Stephen Cameron recovers after being in a coma. — Photo courtesy of Chợ Rẫy Hospital

May 27, 2020: British pilot Stephen Cameron, Việt Nam’s sickest COVID-19 case, shows signs of recovery.

July 11, 2020: Pilot Stephen Cameron flies back to the UK.

July 25, 2020: The first COVID-19 case is reported in Đà Nẵng City.           

July 28, 2020: All of Đà Nẵng City is locked down.

August 4, 2020: Army disinfects Đà Nẵng City’s Sơn Trà District.

August 13, 2020: Domestic flights take stranded tourists back from Đà Nẵng.

A nurse holds the infant born to a mother with COVID-19. — Photo courtesy of National Hospital for Tropical Diseases

September 10, 2020: A baby is born to a mother with COVID-19.

September 11, 2020: Đà Nẵng loosens social distancing orders.

November 30, 2020: HCM City announces the first case of COVID-19 after 100 days.

December 10, 2020: Call for registration for human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine.

December 17, 2020: First dose of the vaccine is administered.

December 26, 2020: Vĩnh Long Province reports a man who entered Việt Nam illegally tests positive for COVID-19.

January 2, 2021: New highly more transmissible variant of coronavirus first reported in HCM City after a woman is repatriated from the UK.


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