Experts agreed that the management of herbicides should be tightened as the abuse of the substance might destroy the environment, affect public health and threaten the agricultural sector. — Photo congthuong.vn Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The herbicide industry needs to be more tightly regulated, according to a farming official. Better managing the production, trading and use of herbicides is an urgent task for Việt Nam and the world, said Hồ Xuân Hùng, head of the General Council of Agriculture and Rural Development Vietnam. Addressing a workshop entitled ‘Reality and challenges in the management and use of herbicide in Việt Nam’ held on Tuesday in Hà Nội, Hùng said herbicides play an important role in agriculture. However, he said, the abuse of this substance has brought implications for production, environment and public health as well as threatening the sustainable development of the agricultural sector. According to Hùng, Việt Nam uses a lot of plant protection chemicals … [Read more...] about Herbicides must be better regulated
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Thailand returns Vietnam’s fruit consignments due to tightened regulations By Nam Binh A farmer takes care of a dragon fruit farm. Some outbound shipments of dragon fruit from Vietnam to Thailand have been returned – PHOTO: NAM BINH HCMC – After Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration issued new regulations on plant protection drug residues, some outbound shipments of dragon fruit from Vietnam to the neighboring country have been returned. Dang Phuc Nguyen, general secretary of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association, said that the batch of dragon fruits exported by a firm in Binh Thuan Province to Thailand was returned as the farm product failed to meet regulations on plant protection drug residues. The new regulations on residues introduced by the Thai Food and Drugs Administration came into force from August this year, according to the Import-Export Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Fresh products imported to the country will be … [Read more...] about Thailand returns Vietnam’s fruit consignments due to tightened regulations
Many households in Forest Unit Area No 34 in Kiên Giang Province’s An Minh District have higher incomes now because of the rising prices of cajeput trees they are tasked to protect by local authorities. — VNA/VNS Photo Lê Sen Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Many poor households that were given cajeput forests to protect and harvest as part of a local programme in Kiên Giang Province have escaped poverty. Located in Cán Giáo Hamlet in An Minh District’s Đông Hưng B Commune, the Forest Unit Area No 34 has more than 1,290ha of cajeput forests which have been allocated to poor households to protect since 2009. Võ Văn Thạch, one of the first farmers given a forested area, said that, besides money from selling cajeput trees, his family now earns an average additional income of VNĐ60 million (US$2,600) a year from selling honey, fish and vegetables. Households who protect forests are allowed to harvest 10 per cent of allocated forests a year and have to replant new forests in the … [Read more...] about Kiên Giang households escape poverty by harvesting forest products
Health workers take food samples at a restaurant in Hà Nội’s Hai Bà Trưng District for testing. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The People’s Committee of Hà Nội has approved a plan to deploy a rapid alert system on food safety for the 2018-20 period. The system will involve the participation of several sectors including the departments of health, industry and trade, agriculture and rural development and authorities at district and commune levels. A focal point at the Food Safety and Hygiene Office under the Department of Health will receive and handle food safety reports from three alert points. The first alert point will be at the departments of health, industry and trade, agriculture and rural development while the second alert point will be set up at district health care centres. The first and second alert points will receive information on food safety incidents. They will be authorised to conduct investigations when needed. The third alert point … [Read more...] about Hà Nội rapid alert system to tackle food safety violations
Vietnam’s mangoes licensed to enter U.S. The Saigon Times Daily File photo of mango packaging at Cat Tuong Agricultural Processing and Production Company – PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH HCMC – The United States has given the green light for imports of fresh mangoes from Vietnam after 10 years of negotiations, making the mango the sixth Vietnamese fruit to be shipped stateside after dragon fruit, rambutan, longan, litchi and star apple, the local media reported. A source from the Plant Protection Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said today, February 18, that local firms got licenses for exporting mangoes to the United States last week, marking a milestone in the country’s journey to conquer the 40th mango export market . Nguyen Dinh Tung, general director of Vina T&T Co., Ltd, said that his company will be a pioneer in shipping the fruit to the United States in the next 10 days, with an initial volume of 10 tons of Cat Chu and Tuong … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s mangoes licensed to enter U.S.
NA questions Government ministers on thorny issues (25-11-2006) HA NOI – The National Assembly began its three-day question and answer session yesterday, focusing on several thorny issues such as corruption at some government agencies, too many traffic accidents and other matters related to socio-economic development. Yesterday’s session had Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Mai Ai Truc and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat answer questions from NA Delegates. Transport Minister Ho Nghia Dung was the first minister in the hot seat, answering questions about bribery in the granting of transport licenses and the large death toll across the nation due to traffic accidents. Thanh Hoa Province deputy Le Thi Nga asked the minister about instances of corruption at certain road management offices, where government officers took bribes for the granting of transport licences, required for starting transport businesses. The minister … [Read more...] about NA questions Government ministers on thorny issues