Vietnam’s rice paddies offer Japan’s farmers chance to grow

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Local cultivation in emerging Asian markets proves cheaper than exports

HIDEKI SHINOHARA, Nikkei staff writer

A woman wearing a traditional hat sits in a rice field outside Hoi An, Vietnam. © Reuters

NIIGATA, Japan — Japan’s rice farmers are venturing into the rest of Asia to grow their crops locally. Supported by an increase in the number of Japanese restaurants across the region, the farmers are teaming up with locals to apply their expertise, hoping to ride the strong brand power that Japonica rice enjoys.

The trend lets locals indulge their taste in high-quality Japanese rice without paying stratospheric prices for imported versions, as some wealthy Chinese are doing. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s rice paddies offer Japan’s farmers chance to grow”

First global atlas of the bacteria living in your dirt (soil)

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Researchers have compiled a ‘most wanted’ list of around 500 key bacterial species that are both common and abundant worldwide

Date: January 18, 2018
Source: University of Colorado at Boulder
Summary:
What lives in your dirt? Researchers are one step closer to finding out after compiling the first global atlas of soil bacterial communities and identifying a group of around 500 key species that are both common and abundant worldwide.
FULL STORY

Soil bacteria account for a large percentage of the planet’s living biomass and facilitate key soil processes such as carbon cycling and nutrient availability.
Credit: © Bits and Splits / Fotolia

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Earthworm numbers dwindle, threatening soil health

DW_Earthworms help recuperate soil and enrich it with much needed minerals. But environmentalists are concerned as earthworms have come under threat from intensive use of manure and acidic soil.

Vietnam masters rice-seed production technology

Last update 08:15 | 19/10/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam can control up to 70.5 percent of seed production technology, with 90 percent for purebred rice and 66 percent for hybrid rice.


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The figures were released by Pham Ngoc Ly, deputy general director of Vinaseed (Vietnam National Seed Corporation), who presided over the research project which assessed the current situation, technological capability and demand for technology renovation in hybrid rice breeding in the north and central coastal areas. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam masters rice-seed production technology”

Global food waste scandal – Bê bối lãng phí thức ăn toàn cầu

 

Using Remote Sensing to Map Rice Paddy Drop in the Mekong Delta

Gislounge_The Mekong River Delta is an important water source flowing through South East Asia. Primarily feeding the rice fields of Vietnam, the Mekong River Delta has long been an area of great fertility due to water flow and silt build up. However, agricultural efforts in the area have shown a decline in production because of the weather effects of El Niño. This year’s El Niño has been particularly strong, causing droughts in South East Asia.

Satellites including Europe’s Sentinel-1A can now track the rise and fall of different agricultural products around the world. The satellite’s imagery showed that rice production in the Mekong Delta has decreased in the past year, threatening the livelihoods of local farmers as well as food security worldwide. Tiếp tục đọc “Using Remote Sensing to Map Rice Paddy Drop in the Mekong Delta”

Specialty rice: the path from the gene bank to the market

Last update 07:40 | 28/08/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Many of Vietnam’s precious rice varieties only exist in the national plant gene bank and yet to be used commercially. 


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Vo Tong Xuan, a leading rice expert, said when he visited other countries to learn about rice markets, he met many overseas Vietnamese who wished they could buy the special rice which was formerly available.

However, many specialty rice varieties are no longer grown on Vietnam rice fields as farmers focus on high-yield varieties.

Many of Vietnam’s precious rice varieties only exist in the national plant gene bank and yet to be used commercially. 

Xuan has tried to prove that if scientists and businesses join forces to restore precious rice varieties, they will succeed because the demand is high. As people’s income has improved, they want to buy better products.

TH True Milk is moving ahead with the project on restoring Vietnam’s specialty rice varieties. It will use world’s most advanced technologies, Vietnamese brainpower and natural resources will be used to create special rice products for the world market. Tiếp tục đọc “Specialty rice: the path from the gene bank to the market”

Dè chừng nhập siêu từ Thái Lan

Nguyễn Duy Nghĩa Chủ Nhật,  29/10/2017, 15:47 (GMT+7)


Hàng hóa Thái Lan đang lấn át hàng Việt Nam, ngay cả đối với gạo, mặt hàng xuất khẩu chủ lực của Việt Nam. Trong ảnh: Thu hoạch lúa ở ĐBSCL. Ảnh: TRUNG CHÁNH

(TBKTSG) – Năm 2015, trước thềm Cộng đồng kinh tế ASEAN (AEC), Việt Nam nhập siêu từ Thái Lan 5 tỉ đô la Mỹ, tương ứng với 160% kim ngạch xuất khẩu của Việt Nam sang Thái.

Việt Nam hy vọng việc hình thành AEC sẽ cải thiện tương quan thương mại giữa Việt Nam với Thái Lan. Nhưng dường như ta chỉ cầm cự được trong năm 2016. Trong chín tháng đầu năm 2017, ta đã nhập siêu từ Thái Lan 4 tỉ đô la Mỹ, bằng 81,6% nhập siêu cả năm 2016. Hiện Thái Lan đứng đầu các quốc gia Đông Nam Á và trên trường quốc tế chỉ thua Hàn Quốc (số 1) và Trung Quốc (số 2) về nhập siêu vào Việt Nam. Tiếp tục đọc “Dè chừng nhập siêu từ Thái Lan”

FAO official: GMOs not needed but we should be open to biotechnologies

Gustafson: “The total food production of the planet, it is huge: it is a question of access.” [Sarantis Michalopoulos]

euractive_The requirements of food production can be met without GMOs but we should not eliminate the broader benefits that biotechnologies can provide, Daniel Gustafson, a senior United Nations official, told EURACTIV.com in an interview. Tiếp tục đọc “FAO official: GMOs not needed but we should be open to biotechnologies”

The roles of community seed banks in climate change adaption

Although community level seed-saving initiatives have been around for about 30 years, until recently they have received little attention in the scientific literature on climate change adaptation and plant genetic resources. Based on research experiences from various countries, this article argues that community seed banks can enhance the resilience of farmers, in particular of communities and households most affected by climate change. Community seed banks can secure improved access to, and availability of, diverse, locally adapted crops and varieties, and enhance related indigenous knowledge and skills in plant management, including seed selection, treatment, storage, multiplication, and distribution.

Full article http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09614524.2017.1294653

Liệu biến đổi khí hậu sẽ nhấn chìm Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long?

Không có khu vực đồng bằng nào trên thế giới bị đe doạ bởi biến đổi khí hậu  trầm trọng như Sông Cửu Long. Liệu Việt Nam có hành động kịp thời để cứu nơi đây?

Loạt bài của Mongabay – Mongabay series

3 tháng 10 năm 2016 / David Brown

Các nhà khoa học dự kiến mực nước biển sẽ dâng 1 mét ​​vào cuối thế kỷ này, nhấn chìm nơi ở của 3,5-5 triệu người ở ĐBSCL. Mực nước biển dâng lên 2m có thể gây tổn hại gấp ba lần tới vùng đất nằm sâu trong đất liền. Tiếp tục đọc “Liệu biến đổi khí hậu sẽ nhấn chìm Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long?”

Đất trồng khoẻ mạnh là yếu tố then chốt để nuôi sống thế giới

English: Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

Một trong những bí ẩn hiện đại lớn nhất về nông nghiệp cho rằng, nông nghiệp hữu cơ vốn dĩ có tính bền vững. Điều này là khả dĩ, nhưng chưa đủ. Nhìn lại lịch sử, sự xói mòn đất từ các cánh đồng không có hoá chất là một phần nguyên nhân dẫn đến cái kết của Đế chế La Mã và các xã hội cổ đại khác trên thế giới . Những ý kiến khác lại cho rằng, tiềm năng khôi phục đất xấu để nuôi sống thế giới cần sử dụng ít hơn nguyên liệu hóa học nông nghiệp.

Khi tôi bắt đầu một chuyến du khảo 6 tháng tới những cánh đồng khắp nơi trên thế giới để nghiên cứu thêm thông tin cho cuốn sách của mình “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life,” (Tạm dịch: Trồng một cuộc cách mạng Mang lại sự sống cho đất) những người nông dân tiến bộ mà tôi gặp đã cho thấy, có những phương pháp canh tác tái tạo có thể khôi phục đất nông nghiệp toàn cầu. Ở cả nước phát triển cũng như đang phát triển, những người nông dân này nhanh chóng cải tạo độ phì của đất bị suy thoái, chính điều này đã cho phép họ duy trì sản lượng cao bằng cách sử dụng ít lượng phân bón cũng như thuốc trừ sâu hơn. Tiếp tục đọc “Đất trồng khoẻ mạnh là yếu tố then chốt để nuôi sống thế giới”

Vietnam still fumbling for policy to control rice exports

Last update 12:00 | 26/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Vinafood 1 and Vinafood 2 want to be exclusive bidders for government-to-government (G2G) rice export contracts, but analysts warn of the dangers of a monopoly. 


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The Vietnam Food Association (VFA) chair has told rice exporters that they must not sign export contracts with some G2G markets between June 6, 2017 and the day Vinafood 1 and Vinafood 2 end transactions and complete contracts. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam still fumbling for policy to control rice exports”

Experts urge use of agricultural biotechnology as response to climate change

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Update: August, 19/2017 – 20:20

Delegates meet at an APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology workshop in Cần Thơ on August 18-19. – VNS Photo Thế Anh

CẦN THƠ — Agricultural biotechnology is one of the key tools that can improve the yield and quality of agricultural products in a time of climate change, experts said.

The experts were attending an APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) workshop in Cần Thơ on August 18-19.

Nguyễn Thị Thanh Thủy, chair of the HLPDAB, and director general of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Department of Science, Technology and Environment, said that Việt Nam, like many other economies, was facing multiple challenges due to climate change, including shrinking agricultural area and land degradation caused by urbanisation and saline intrusion caused by rising sea levels. Tiếp tục đọc “Experts urge use of agricultural biotechnology as response to climate change”

Rice to riches: Vietnam’s shrimp farmers fish for fortunes

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The Mekong Delta, long renowned as the “rice bowl of Vietnam”, is now also home to a multi-billion-dollar shrimp industry and burgeoning numbers of farmers are building fortunes from the small crustaceans. (Photo: AFP/Roberto SCHMIDT)

SOC TRANG, Vietnam: With a flashy gold watch and a chunky matching ring, Tang Van Cuol looks a far cry from the average Vietnamese farmer as he slings back a shot of rice wine and boasts about his projected earnings.

After years scratching a living growing rice and onions or farming ducks, the 54-year-old says his life was transformed in 2000 – by shrimp.

The Mekong Delta, long renowned as the “rice bowl of Vietnam”, is now also home to a multi-billion-dollar shrimp industry and burgeoning numbers of farmers are building fortunes from the small crustaceans. Tiếp tục đọc “Rice to riches: Vietnam’s shrimp farmers fish for fortunes”