Lifting farmland limits is key to agriculture development: expert

Last update 16:00 | 27/04/2017
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At a working session earlier this year in the northern province of Ha Nam, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that Vietnam needs to shift from ‘untied agriculture’ into ‘tectonic agriculture’.Government officials and experts have recently mentioned the farmland limit policy as a barrier to large-scale agriculture production which hinders development.

They have called to lift the farmland limit to push up land accumulation and pave the way for large-scale production. Tiếp tục đọc

H5N1 outbreak reported in Cao Bằng


Update: April, 26/2017 – 18:10

Veterinary staff spray chemicals to prevent the spread of bird flu in Cao Bằng Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Liêm
Viet Nam News HÀ TĨNH — An outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza has been recorded in the northern Cao Bằng Province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Veterinary Department announced.

The department said that around 700 ducks and chickens in two farming households in Cao Bằng City’s Ngọc Xuân Ward were infected and died.

The local veterinary agency and local authorities have culled around 2,000 infected poultry and implemented measures to disinfect the area where the outbreak has been reported, to prevent it from spreading further.

So far, the country has recorded six H5N1 and two H5N6 outbreaks, in Cần Thơ City, Cao Bằng, Vĩnh Long, Đắk Lắk, Quảng Ninh and Thừa Thiên Huế provinces, the department said, warning that the risk of bird flu outbreaks is very high in the near future.

Việt Nam has not recorded other strains of bird flu virus such as A/H7N9, A/H5N2 and A/H5N8, but the department is concerned that these viruses may enter the country through livestock being brought in illegally, especially from the northern border provinces.

All regions should implement preventive measures to prevent and contain bird flu, it said, urging locals to help by preventing the illegal poultry imports.

Though the foot-and-mouth disease and swine flu in pigs have been controlled, the department recommends that local authorities keep an eye out, especially in areas that have already seen outbreaks. — VNS

Hành tinh đói: Thế giới ăn gì?


Nhiếp ảnh gia đến từ California, Mỹ – Peter Menzel đi qua 24 nước và là tác giả cuốn sách Hành tinh đói – Hungry Planet. Peter đã ghi lại hình ảnh thức ăn và chi phí cho thức ăn trong một tuần của các gia đình ở những nước khá nhau .

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Cheap imported fruits preferred over domestic products

Last update 16:00 | 21/04/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – More Vietnamese are buying imported fruit, which have become surprisingly inexpensive.


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At large supermarket chains such as Big C and Vinmart, apples and pears from the US and France are quoted at a low VND40,000-90,000 per kilo.

Big C sells one kilo of apple imported from France at VND39,900 per kilo, while US Gala apple at VND59,900, South Korean pear VND70,000 and seedless South African grapes VND135,000.

At Vinmart, Juliet Organic apple is quoted at VND89,000 per kilo, French Gala apple VND66,000, US Gala VND89,000 and South African grapes VND115,000.

A buyer at Big C told reporters that “imported fruits are just as cheap as domestic products”. Tiếp tục đọc

Cheap meat imports affecting domestic animal breeders

Last update 12:00 | 21/04/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The average price for imported pork is now $1.2 per kilo, or VND27,000, while the domestic pork price has dropped dramatically to a 30-year low.vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, livestock, MARD, import meat

According to GDC, by mid-March, Vietnam had imported 7,800 tons of pork of different kinds, worth $9.4 million. The figure represented a 16 percent increase in quantity and 21 percent in value compared with the same period last year.

As such, one kilo of imports is priced at $1.2. Post-slaughter by-products were imported at $0.88 per kilo (5,400 tons were imported, worth $4.8 million), while fresh pork was VND42,500 per kilo, Tiếp tục đọc

Your next Kobe beef may come from Vietnam


Updated : 04/20/2017 17:00 GMT + 7

The administration of Quang Binh Province in north-central Vietnam has inked deals with Japanese businesses from Hyogo Prefecture to fast-forward investment in a Japanese-style cow farm in the province.

Hyogo is known as the birthplace of world-famous Kobe beef, a reference to beef from the Tajima strain of Wagyu cattle raised in the Japanese prefecture, according to naming regulations set forth by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association.

The meat is a delicacy renowned for its flavor, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture. Tiếp tục đọc

Construction of Masan’s $44mn pig farm ceases in central Vietnam


Updated : 04/20/2017 18:00 GMT + 7

The pig farm developed by Masan Nutri – Farm Company, a Masan Group subsidiary, is being built in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An.

The construction of a VND1 trillion (US$44.2 million) pig farm being built by Vietnamese food producer Masan Group has been suspended in the north-central province of Nghe An due to a lack of legitimate paperwork.

Following a directive from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Nghe An People’s Committee on Wednesday ordered that construction on the project be ceased.

The developer, Masan Nutri-Farm Company, a subsidiary of Masan Group, was found to be executing the project without an approved environmental impact assessment report from competent authorities. Tiếp tục đọc

Agro ministry proposes solutions to help pig-farming industry


Update: April, 20/2017 – 16:00

Customers shop at a supermarket. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường has submitted a variety of potential solutions to Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc to help the struggling pig-farming industry recover.

The move comes after the price of live pigs kept falling, dropping to VNĐ30,000 (US$1.32) per kilo in recent months. With no indication of an end to this downward spiral, pig breeders across the country are facing losses, the Infonet online newspaper reported. Tiếp tục đọc

Monsanto Tribunal Judges Slam Monsanto over Violation of Human Rights

Posted on Apr 18 2017 – 4:57pm by Sustainable Pulse

Today the five international judges for the Monsanto Tribunal presented their legal opinion, which include key conclusions, both on the conduct of Monsanto and on the need for important changes to international laws governing multinational corporations.


The judges conclude that Monsanto has engaged in practices that have impinged on the basic human right to a healthy environment, the right to food and the right to health. Additionally, Monsanto’s conduct has a negative impact on the right of scientists to freely conduct indispensable research. Tiếp tục đọc

Four provinces in Việt Nam infected with bird flu


Update: April, 18/2017 – 17:50

A veterinary staff sprays disinfectant on ducks to prevent bird flu infection. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — Four provinces in Việt Nam have reported six outbreaks of bird flu, according to the Department of Animal Health.The provinces affected are Vĩnh Long, Đăk Lắk, Quảng Ninh and Thừa Thiên-Huế.

An outbreak was detected in the southern province of Vĩnh Long on Saturday at a household in Bình Tân District’s Mỹ Thuận Commune which affected 300 chicken.

More than 3,000 chicken also tested positive for A/H5N1and were disposed of at a farm in the province’s Bình Minh Town.

In the northern province of Quảng Ninh, 320 poultry were reported to have fallen ill and died in the past four days. The number of poultry culled was 670. Tiếp tục đọc

For old folks left to die at Myanmar’s roadsides and cemeteries, these homes are their last hope

Cast aside “like rubbish” and turned away even by nursing homes, these elderly outcasts are given dignity at the end of life by volunteer groups outraged by their plight.

The elderly woman had just been involved in a road accident. But instead of getting help, the driver had abandoned the woman next to a rubbish dump by the road to fend for herself.

Daw Khin Ma Ma said her stomach churned at the sight of the battered old woman who was eventually conveyed to her nursing home. “Her rib bones were broken, some of which had pierced her lungs. We could see a hole in her back that had been gnawed on by the rats,” she said. Tiếp tục đọc

Imported meat much cheaper than domestic products

Last update 13:00 | 06/04/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Imported meat available at nearly all large supermarkets in Hanoi is surprisingly cheap, posing a threat to the domestic livestock industry.

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Brazilian frozen chicken wings were sold at VND74,900 per kilo at Metro Thang Long on March 27. Two months ago, in January 2017, the supermarket sold frozen chicken imports from Brazil at VND51,000 per kilo only.

A supermarket on Trang Dang Ninh street once quoted the price of VND86,900 per kilo for Brazilian chicken wings.

Analysts, after comparing retail prices quoted by supermarkets and import prices provided by customs agencies, came to the conclusion that the price difference is not too big, between VND30,000 and VND50,000 per kilo.

Meanwhile, on online markets, Brazilian meat is offered at the price just equal to one-third of the prices of imports from the US and Australia.

An officer at a clean food distribution company in Dong An district said the selling price is VND145,000 per kilo of beef shank for a 20-kilo box from Brazil, while brisket beef is VND130,000 per kilo.

Meanwhile, a shop in Dong Da district quotes the price of VND170,000 per kilo for Brazilian beef.

The meat imports from other countries are also surprisingly cheap at Metro. Tiếp tục đọc

The Impact of Dams on the Mekong

CGIAR (Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research)

Read and Download: The Impact of Dams on the Mekong

Link to Mekong Hydropwer Map and Portal

Series of “State of knowledge” on Mekong:

1. The Impact of Dams on the Mekong
2. Mekong sediment basics
3. Corporate social responsibility in Mekong hydropower development
4. China’s Influence on Hydropower Development in the Lancang River and Lower Mekong River Basin