The pepper industry plans to reduce the area under the spice and focus on improving quality to ensure long-term growth, according to the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development. Pepper products on display on the sidelines of an international pepper conference in HCM City on December 4 The cultivation area has increased sharply since 2010 to 152,668ha last year, exceeding the area zoned in the Government’s plan by 100,000ha. High prices for pepper in recent years have incentivised farmers into expanding even to unsuitable lands and without any planning. Speaking on the sidelines of an international conference titled Vietnam Pepper Outlook in HCM City on December 4, Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường said: “Pepper is a special agricultural product, a kind of spice. Therefore, demand for it is just at a certain amount. We cannot increase the cultivation area and output by too much.” Vietnam is … [Read more...] about Vietnam to reduce pepper area to focus on quality
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A farmer tends diseased pepper vines in Dak Nong Province. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is planning on cutting pepper areas and raising product quality to meet long-term growth targets. – VNA/VNS Photo Anh Dung The pepper industry plans to reduce the area under the spice and focus on improving quality to ensure long-term growth, according to the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development. The cultivation area has increased sharply since 2010 to 152,668ha last year, exceeding the area zoned in the Government’s plan by 100,000ha. High prices for pepper in recent years have incentivised farmers into expanding even to unsuitable lands and without any planning. Speaking on the sidelines of an international conference titled Viet Nam Pepper Outlook in HCM City on December 4, Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said: “Pepper is a special agricultural product, a kind of spice. Therefore, demand for it is just at a … [Read more...] about VN to reduce pepper area to focus on quality
Bui Mai Phuong is an avid online shopper, ordering anything from clothing to personal-care products from her smartphone. But she prefers to pay with cash. She is among hundreds of millions of people whom firms such as Softbank Group-backed Grab and China’s Tencent want to win over as they try to tap into Southeast Asia’s burgeoning internet sector. More than 70 percent of the region’s 600 million-plus people do not use banks - higher than the global average of about 30 percent - and e-commerce is projected to hit $88 billion by 2025. But convincing consumers like Phuong, who lives in Hanoi, could be tricky. “I have never tried using mobile payments because I don’t know how to use it and it seems a bit complicated to use,” said Phuong, 36, a manager at a construction material supplier in Vietnam. Mobile payments are ubiquitous in China; a consumer can spend a day without using cash at all in Beijing or Shanghai, and even some beggars accept mobile … [Read more...] about Mobile payment firms struggle to dethrone cash in Southeast Asia
Monsanto facing global resistance, but Vietnam welcomes Agent Orange maker and dubious technology Worker Javier Alcantar tends to corn crops at the Monsanto Co. test field in Woodland, California, US, on August 10, 2012. Monsanto Co., an American multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation, is the world's leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate and the largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG Thuy frowned and almost immediately shook her head when asked if any of the foods sold at her supermarket carried genetically modified (GM) labels. "Labeling is not our company policy," the employee of a Co.opmart supermarket outlet in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 said. "But why do you have to bother about it? Is it because GM foods are better?" Her question was neither rhetorical nor ironic. Thuy is among many people in Vietnam who are essentially clueless about and indifferent to the worldwide debate raging around genetically modified … [Read more...] about US “bullying’ developing nations to accept genetically modified organisms
VietNamNet Bridge – As the New Year holidays are coming, contaminated sausage, smoked pork legs made of expired frozen meat, and dried grapes dyed of industrial colorings are slipping into stores and supermarkets. Spoiled pork caught by the police. Lieutenant Tran Anh Tuan, deputy head of the environmental crime prevention police agency (PC49) of Hanoi Police, said that combating unsafe food was still a big problem in the Lunar New Year 2016. In fact, many food processing facilities are using banned chemicals and substances of new kinds, which are hard to guess the name, causing difficulty for the authorities in detection. Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Van Phac, also from PC49, said that the police recently detected many firms and household-sized facilities processing unsafe food, which were made from expired materials or used toxic chemicals. Among the most popular foods for the Lunar New Year, pork piesare at the highest risk of being contaminated with chemicals and … [Read more...] about How unsafe food reaches Vietnamese’s dining-table?