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Thai industrial group powers up 2 huge Vietnam solar farms

B. Grimm Group, Thailand’s oldest industrial group, has won a race against time to begin operating two of Southeast Asia’s largest solar farms, both located in Vietnam. The two plants came online last month and will raise the share of solar in B. Grimm’s energy portfolio to nearly ...

Peter Janssen

Mekong Delta attempts to combat saltwater intrusion

Saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta is expected to increase between April 28 and May 6 as the volume of water flowing southward from the Mekong River will decline, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Irrigation Department. High tides from the sea are ...

Asia Rice: Vietnam rates gain on fears Mekong water woes may hurt crops

Rice export prices in Vietnam rose for the first time in six weeks as domestic buying picked up and fears of water scarcity in the country’s rice bowl grew, while weaker local currencies weighed on rates in other top Asian exporting hubs. In Vietnam, rates for ...

Weak logistics services cause great losses to Mekong Delta exporters

The poor logistics services in the Mekong Delta have pushed up the costs of export goods, especially farm produce, and caused great losses to export firms, it was reported at a workshop on enhancing connectivity to improve value chains of farm produce and aquatic products ...

Drought, saltwater intrusion double whammy for Mekong delta farmers

Due to a prolonged drought, seawater has intruded deep into rivers in the Mekong Delta, leaving thousands of households facing a water shortage. Freshwater is sold in certain areas for VND200,000 ($8.6) per cubic metre, and local authorities use tanker trucks to deliver water to households.  For ...

Huy Phong, Hoang Nam

Sacombank assists rice production, trading with loans

As of the end of last year outstanding loans in agricultural and rural areas around the country increased by 21.4 per cent from a year earlier, Nguyễn Quốc Hùng, director of the State Bank of Vietnam’s credit department, said. The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta accounted for ...

Vietnam's New Draft Development Guidelines on Rooftop Solar Power Systems from 1 July 2019

On 12 April 2019, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (“MOIT”) released the third draft (“Third Draft”) of the Decision of the Prime Minister on the mechanism for encouraging the development of solar power in Vietnam, applicable from 1 July 2019 (“Draft Decision”). Keep ...

Vietnam aspires to become a power in cybersecurity: minister

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung has stated that he expects Vietnam to become a strong country in terms of cybersecurity with its security manpower one of the best in the world and with high aspirations. He was speaking at the Vietnam Security Summit ...

The Netherlands, VN enhance co-operation in horticulture sector

Việt Nam aims to develop its horticultural industry by learning from the Netherlands’ innovative horticultural techniques and its expertise, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Speaking at a conference on “HortiFuture Vietnam” held in HCM City on Thursday, Deputy Minister Lê Quốc Doanh ...

Policies aim to better lives of ethnic minority people in Mekong Delta

Around 100 policies and documents related to ethnic minority groups in the Mekong Delta have been implemented to develop essential infrastructure and production, reduce poverty and improve the living standards of local residents. According to Hung Thi Somaly, an official from the Government’s Committee for Ethnic ...

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