Agricultural policy and administration

Agencies instructed to speed up rubber plans

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed nine state agencies to speed up the use of rubber in a bid to lift domestic demand which will help shore up falling rubber prices.Keep reading ...

Huế to invest US$52 million in agricultural restructuring

The central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế will invest VNĐ1.19 trillion (US$52 million) through 12 projects as part of its plan to restructure its agricultural sector with a vision till 2020.Keep reading ...

Bokeo province expects to reduce banana plantation sites

Authorities of Bokeo province confirmed they will not allow investors to expand areas for banana plantation projects, aiming to protect the environment and peoples’ health. According to a report from the ad hoc committee for banana farm inspection, the authorities will not allow the expansion of ...

The most neglected threat to public health in China is toxic soil

Tang Donghua, a wiry 47-year-old farmer wearing a Greenpeace T-shirt, smokes a cigarette and gesticulates towards his paddy fields in the hills of southern Hunan province. The leaves of his rice plants poke about a foot above water. Mr Tang says he expects to harvest ...

Tobacco deal leaves farmers out

It has been more than six months since Vietnam agreed to waive duties on 3,000 tonnes of Cambodian dried tobacco exports per year, yet local smallholder tobacco farmers claim the agreement has done little to improve their incomes, with some accusing large tobacco companies of ...

Ministry reduces dry season rice target after farmers produce less

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has set this year’s target for dry season rice production lower after the country’s rice farmers failed to meet last year’s mark. Last season the Department of Agriculture under the ministry encouraged farmers around the country to grow 126,000 ...

Đà Nẵng, Japan to co-operate in seafood production, sewage treatment

The central city of Da nang, in co-operation with the Japanese International Co-operation Agency, will start building a seafood value chain in the city with a fund of 60 million Japanese yen (around VNĐ11 billion or US$528,000). The city’s secretariat said the project, which will ...

Laos, China and neigbouring countries discuss locust outbreak in Laos

High-level officials from Laos, China, Vietnam and Thailand have discussed cooperation efforts in the prevention and control of the yellow-spined bamboo locust outbreak in Laos. A consultation workshop on the management of the yellow-spined bamboo locust outbreak in Laos for 2017 took place on February ...

Heavy push for rice megafarms

The government is committed to ramping up the rice megafarm scheme this year, for which it provides soft loans, machinery and agricultural equipment to farmers in order to cut production costs and raise productivity. The scheme will cover 1.05 million rai of related farmland. Chutima ...

Vietnam fears protectionism will affect farm produce exports

Vietnam in 2016 saw a high farm produce trade surplus of $7.6 billion, but big difficulties are still ahead, including returning protectionism with Brexit and US President-elect Donald Trump. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said at a press conference on January ...

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