Pesticides Endanger North Vietnam Granary - News on 19 December 2016


Pesticides endanger north VN granary

Pollution from pesticides has reached alarming levels in some provinces of the Red River Delta, known as the granary of Việt Nam's north.

Leaks from old pesticide warehouses dating back to the 1970s and 80s plague the region; these persistent organic pollutant (POP) remnants threaten the environment and agricultural production. According to an incomplete 2013 survey by local authorities in northern Thái Bình Province, there were some 291 old pesticide warehouses covering a total area of 52,400 sq.m.- of which, 5,700 sq.m was heavily polluted and 8,700 sq.m considerably polluted.

The polluted areas are now mostly empty lots or abandoned storage grounds. Most warehouses previously stored large stockpiles of the highly toxic pesticide DDT or 666 - the entirety of which had been distributed before the warehouses were shut down. The amount of POP - specifically, DDT and HCH levels - was higher than permitted for pesticide residues in soil, according to Việt …

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Construction industry to thrive in 2017

Vietnam’s construction industry will grow by 6.3 per cent in real terms of 2017 and 6.1 per cent in 2018, according to Business Monitor International (BMI) Research, a Fitch Group Company.

“We have a positive outlook for Vietnam's construction and infrastructure industries, with growth supported by high-value transport and energy projects, regulatory reforms and favorable economic conditions.” the report stated. Vietnam has a strong project pipeline, particularly in transport and power, as it seeks to improve logistics and address electricity shortages. The government is seeking to draw in foreign private sector expertise given the high technical requirements of these projects.

Ongoing regulatory reforms intended to privatize and break up state-owned enterprises and encourage private-sector participation in the infrastructure space bodes well for continuing levels of investment. Vietnam's construction and infrastructure industry forecasts (2016-2021) 2016 …

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Monsanto delivers innovative technology to help corn farmers yield high production

Improving corn productivity is urgent for Vietnam, with the local demand growing and competition against imports heating up. Lance Wang, Monsanto’s vice president for ASEAN, Pakistan and Partnerships, talked with VIR’s Phuong Nguyen on how new technology can help Vietnam achieve this goal.

What are the latest trends in the Asian corn industry? How is the Vietnamese market similar to its neighbours – and how is it different? I can see that demand for corn in Asia, and Vietnam in particular, will soar in the mid- and long-term. The young middle-class consumers, with increased spending power, will prefer corn as they want a better diet and a healthy supply of protein. This will drive up the demand for corn, which is already the second-largest crop in Vietnam after rice. Vietnam has 1.2 million hectares of corn fields, and annual productivity stands at 5.6 million tonnes. This is well below the world’s average and behind other countries in the region, which …

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City to build 28 anti-erosion embankments

The HCM City People's Committee has approved construction of embankments at 28 outlying locations to prevent erosion of river and canal banks.

Three are in Nhà Bè District and the rest are in Cần Giờ. In Nhà Bè, the embankments are urgently required at Trâm Bàu in Hiệp Phước Commune and along the Dơi Canal and the Giồng River in Long Thới Commune to prevent further erosion. In Cần Giờ, seven embankments in An Thới Đông Commune will be built first with completed slated by 2018. Relevant city agencies and the Cần Giờ People's Committee will draft plans for building the remaining 18. - VNS …

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VN fertility rate down: Government

Việt Nam's fertility rate has declined from 6.4 to 2.1 children per woman over the last 55 years, but the rate varies widely among provinces, according to the General Department of Population and Family Planning.

The rate in HCM City is 1.45, while the southeastern province of Bình Dương has a rate of 1.7. The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum has a fertility rate of 3.45 and the northern province of Hà Giang 3.08, according to Lê Cảnh Nhạc, the department's deputy head. Nhạc spoke at a meeting in HCM City last Friday (Dec16) to celebrate 55 years of the national population and family planning programme. Nhạc called the low fertility rate of HCM City "alarming", saying that families in the city should be encouraged to have two children. "This low rate will not ensure human resources in the future, and will reduce the so-called golden population and add to the aging population. This will influence the city's socio-economic development," he added. On …

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Balloons to fly from Hoi An

The first-ever balloon flights will take to the skies from Hoi An ancient town to the nearby My Son Sanctuary (about 40 kilometers) during the upcoming Tet Festival, according to the Quang Nam's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

From an altitude of about 400 meters, tourists can enjoy the peaceful rural scenery of immense fields, nice beaches, Hoi An and the Cham towers at My Son on a 30- or 60-minute flight conducted by the Sai Gon Star Company starting from early next year. Balloon flights were featured at the biennial Hue Festival last May and at the fifth Asian Beach Games in Da Nang in October.

The service aims to attract even more tourists to Hoi An and My Son. Hoi An is an old trading port that has retained over 1,000 ancient relics, such as streets, houses, temples and tombs. Its architecture is a combination of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese, with a little Western as well. It became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999. It was listed among the 50 most …

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VietJet to launch China charter flights to Da Nang

Chinese tourists made up a third of foreign visitors to Da Nang during the first half of 2016. A new direct charter flight is expected to add fuel to the booming Chinese tourism industry in Da Nang.

Xinhua News Agency reported Vietjet Air will launch thedirect tourist charter flight in January, connecting Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province with the central beach town. One Airbus 320 will begin departing for Da Nang every week starting on January 12. Direct charter flights now link Vietnam's third-largest city to destinations in South Korea and Southeast Asia during peak seasons.

The city received nearly 800,000 foreign tourist arrivals in the first six months this year, up 30 percent from a year ago. A third of those arrivals were Chinese, according to Da Nang’s tourism department. Travelers from Vietnam's northern neighbor tend to head south to Vietnam's various beach destinations, particularly Nha Trang and Phu Quoc. Mainland China accounted for 30 percent of …

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Vietnamese Cambodians build lives far from home country

A Vietnamese-Cambodian community has been building their lives solely on the production of dried fish on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, trying to remember their origin while living in a foreign country.

A Vietnamese-Cambodian community has been building their lives solely on the production of dried fish on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, trying to remember their origin while living in a foreign country. About 3,000 residents of a raft village, located in the outlying Prek Phnov district of the Cambodian capital, settle down along the Mekong River with their primary livelihood being dried fish production. Houses tied together to form rafts float side by side along the riverbank, each connected with the land by a makeshift bridge, often made from wooden planks or steel sheets. According to Pham Van On, head of the local people’s union, each raft costs at least US$4,000-5,000, despite their rustic appearance. Dried fish has long provided a stable source of income for local …

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