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Mekong Expo 2011 opens in Can Tho Province

Businesses from the Mekong Delta provinces, Ho Chi Minh City, Tay Ninh, Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa, Dong Nai and Da Nang participated in the expo. The expo highlighted the economic achievements and the specialities of each province and city, as well as displayed the fine arts, handicrafts, machinery, technology, foods and various equipments of the regions.

Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum to start in July

This year’s forum, themed “the Mekong Delta-Connectivity for Sustainable Development”, will focus on working out effective measures to boost the regional economic connectivity.

Prices of agro and aqua products soar in Mekong Delta

Ca Mau, Bac Lieu and Soc Trang provinces have continued to see a shortage of tiger shrimps, with prices continuing to rise. These provinces have faced shrimp shortage because of widespread epidemic diseases in shrimps in the region. One kilogram of shrimps loading about 20 pieces costs VND260,000-265,000 and one kilogram loading 30 pieces of shrimps costs VND190,000-200,000. In Dong Thap and Tien Giang provinces, traders are boosting the purchase of rice with prices of VND8,200-8,250 per kilogram of five-percent-broken rice and VND8,100-8,150 per kilogram of 15-percent-broken rice.

Flexibility key to tackling climate change

The two-day workshop, titled "Towards a Mekong Delta Plan", brought together policy-makers and hundreds of experts from the two countries in the presence of Dutch Crown Prince Williem-Alexander, who has been on an official visit to the country. Workshop participants discussed different options to optimise plans for the Delta relating to many areas including the predicted rise in sea levels, salinity intrusion, drought, insufficient supply of fresh water, agricultural and aquaculture production as well as urban development.

Mekong Delta set to boost tra fish exports

Dong Thap, An Giang, Ben Tre, Can Tho and other provinces plan to increase the acreages of water surface of 6,000-6,300 hectares, up 600 – 800 hectares compared to last year, with a projected output of 1.3 million tonnes, haft of which will be exported.

Tra fish exports set to increase 10 percent

The target was announced at a meeting on tra fish in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on January 18 under the chair of MARD Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam. Other targets include expanding tra fish farming areas in Mekong Delta, the nation’s largest supplier of the fish, by 900 ha to 6,300 ha for a yearly catch of between 1.2 and 1.3 million tonnes and increasing fish fry production up to 2.6 billion fry from 2.4 billion last year.

Expansion of handicraft village model needed in VN

Statistics show that export turnover of handicraft products to over 100 countries has increased on year-on-year basis, standing at US $273 million, US $850 million and US $900 million in 2000, 2008 and 2009 respectively. About 43% of handicraft villages locate in the Red River Delta, while some 12.2% and 10.5% are in the Northwest Region and Mekong Delta respectively. Major handicraft villages are involved in rattan and bamboo weaving, fabric knitting, and wood processing.

Vietnam to complete Mekong Delta rice storage system soon

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has requested the Hau Giang provincial authorities to instruct relevant agencies to reach an agreement with the Vietnam Southern Food Corporation (Vinafood 2) on necessary measures, especially in site clearance for an early completion of the storage system as planned.

Southern music seeks UNESCO recognition

March 2011 is the deadline for Vietnam to forward its dossier, said the Head of Vietnam’s National Academy of Music Associate Professor Le Toan, adding that there will be an international seminar held on southern amateur music in Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2011. A film crew from the institute began a fact-finding tour in mid-November to shoot a documentary on southern amateur music in 14 southeastern and Mekong Delta provinces over two months.

Flights from and to Hanoi resume operation

The carrier had to cancel six flights from Hanoi to central Vinh city, the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho and the northern province of Dien Bien. To avoid bad weather, three flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi had to change their direction to land at the Da Nang Airport (one flight) and Vientiane Airport of Laos (two flights).

93.4% of manpower in Vietnam Mekong Delta untrained

The Mekong Delta encompasses 13 cities and provinces which cover an area of four million hectares and boast a population of approximately 18 million, accounting for 22% of the country’s total population. However, it ranks the seventh among regions in the rate of untrained workforce. The region now has 11 universities and 27 colleges and 35 vocational training schools, but they fail to meet increasing demand for trained workforce.

Can Tho hosts int’l agriculture fair

On display are machinery, agricultural equipment, production lines, processed products, fertiliser, pesticides, animal foods and medicines, aquatic products, rice, seeds, furniture, fruits and rare plants and animals from the central, and southeastern region as well as the Mekong Delta. 

HCMC hosts exhibition of Vietnamese paintings

The paintings depict Vietnam’s landscapes in many different areas such as the old quarter in Hanoi, Hoi An ancient town, the Central Highlands with Truong Son mountain range, peaceful villages in the north of the country and the Mekong Delta.

Sustainable urban development and climate change

The increasing population density will impose threats on sustainable development of Việt Nam’s Mekong Delta, Red River Delta, and central coastal areas. The sea level rise is the biggest growing danger for human living space. Repeated droughts and flood in the Central Region, rising tide in Hồ Chí Minh City, and unusual flood season in the Mekong Delta are vivid examples of the global climate change. Unplanned urban development and rising fertility also exacerbate the climate change effects.

Festival to celebrate Delta's ‘Plain of Reeds'

Besides showcasing beautiful trees, flowers and bonsai creations, several conferences will be held on developing the Dong Thap Muoi region and promoting investment in the Mekong Delta. Several contests will also be part of the December 1-5 festival in Cao Lanh city.


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