Fertiliser prices increase dramatically

Several kinds of fertilisers have seen prices increase by 50 per cent and even 100 per cent, Tuoi tre (Youth) newspaper reported. At the same time, rice prices are falling, in what could turn out to be a double whammy for farmers.

Soc Trang to host 2nd Vietnam rice festival in November

Various activities will take place including trade and investment promotion, an agricultural products fair and an exhibition during the festival.

Sóc Trăng to host 2nd Việt Nam rice festival in November

Various activities will take place including trade and investment promotion, an agricultural products fair and an exhibition during the festival.

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.

Rice price to be kept stable

Truong Thanh Phong, general director of Vinafood 2, said the company would build one more warehouse to add to the one in Binh Chanh District which has a capacity of 4,000-5,000 tonnes. It also has a warehouse each in Long An and Tien Giang Provinces that will supply rice to the City in an emergency.

Rice export nearly 1.6 million tons in first quarter

The rice export turnover was estimated at nearly US$823 million, increasing 39% over the same period last year.

Rice export: MOIT and VFA still take no actions

Truong Thanh Phong, Chair of VFA, said that with the demand and the rice price on the rise, Vietnamese enterprises would not meet any difficulties in selling rice. Therefore, it is not advisable to sign big contracts right at this moment, because the prices may increase in the near future. The information that the rice output in 2011 will increase (25 million tons of rice), should press rice exporters to bargain.

January rice exports hit record

Rice exporters had by the end of January registered to ship 1.5 million tonnes of rice on contracts, a year-on-year increase of 15.74 percent, the VFA said at a meeting with its member firms in Ho Chi Minh City on Feb. 10. They also registered a high volume on contracts to export rice in the first month of this year, mainly with Malaysia and Indonesia.

Key farm produces for export in 2011

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Việt Nam’s rice output may reach nearly 40 million tons in 2011, which means that the country’s rice export volume would stand at around 5.5- 6.1 million tons compared to 6.8 million tons last year. Meanwhile, export turnover of aquaculture will continue rising with expected value of approximately US $5.5 billion this year, or an increase of US $500 million against 2010.

Festivals honour rice, heroes and pilgrims

The annual event at Soc Temple is of several festivals in the north to honour of Saint Giong, a legendary hero who is said to have defeated an army of foreign invaders. Participants at the Soc Temple festivities took part in offerings to the saint, the moc duc ceremony, symbolising a cleansing process for the temple, and the bamboo procession, which celebrates Saint Giong's martial arts skills with a bamboo weapon used to defeat the invaders.

Reservoirs opened for drought-hit farmers

Deputy general director of Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) Dang Hoang An said on Monday afternoon that the company had complied with a request from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to make two releases of water from its reservoirs at the end of this month and in February to save crops. Deputy director of MARD's Irrigation Department Dang Duy Hien said that the survival of two-thirds of the rice crop under plantation in the north and north centre of the nation depended on water from the reservoirs.

Chile’s firms seek business opportunities in Viet Nam

Viet Nam now ranks 42nd among Chile’s trade partners, accounting for 0.16 per cent of the country’s total export value. Two-way trade reached US$240 million in 2009, $115 million of which came from Vietnamese exports, including coffee, shoes, garments and rice. It was estimated to top $300 million last year, a 31-per-cent year-on-year increase.

Vietnam to continue exploiting farm produce exports in 2011

The forecasts are from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) latest report on the farm produce market and Vietnam’s key export items in 2011. Quoting the forecasts of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA),global rice consumption in 2010-2011 will increase by 420,000 tons, reaching 453 million tons. Meanwhile, the global rice trade in 2011 is expected to reach 30.3 million tons, an increase of percent over the last year.

Rice deliveries to ease tough times for poor

Dung asked the provincial People's Committees to promptly deliver the food aid and report their results to the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Tet Fair to open in Hanoi

The traditional fair will showcase commodities including food, clothing, beverages, household goods, gifts, fruit, flowers, decorative plants and creatures and specialities from the regions such as: Hoa Binh’s stem wine (wine drunk out of a jar through a stem), Nam Roi grapefruit, Dien grapefruit, Bo Ha oranges, Dong Soai sprouts, Bac Giang noodles, Thai Nguyen tea, Dien Bien rice and Uoc Le pork pies.

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