Food safety inspections increase for New Year holiday The Viet Nam Food Administration (VAF) has called for more inspections to ensure food safety nationwide as Tet approaches. "From now to the end of March, inter-ministerial inspection teams will visit food production and trading units of all levels, especially in big cities with high consumption and food processing villages and at border gates," said VAF deputy director Nguyen Thanh Phong. Authorities will also focus on producers and distributors of goods that will be in particular demand during Tet, such as wine and beer, eggs, milk and fresh meat. "The number of units to be inspected will increase by 10 per cent from the same period last year in the hope that we can reduce the number of food poisoning cases during Tet," Phong said. "Communication campaigns will disseminate information and regulations on food hygiene and safety, especially knowledge about food selection, preservation and cooking." Wetness in the north and heat in … [Read more...] about Food safety inspections increase in VN for New Year holiday
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By Thai Hang - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Food security took center stage at an ASEM meeting in HCMC on Monday as climate change, reduced arable land, water shortage and energy crisis are causes for concern, especially in the developing world. The first Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Forum on Food Security, organized by Vietnam’s Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Foreign Affairs, was intended to find ways to cope with these problems. Bui Ba Bong, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said, “Vietnam proposed hosting the first ASEM Forum on Food Security to create a platform for Asian and European countries to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and discuss how to solve existing problems.” Vietnam has identified a number of factors specific to both the country and the world which are eroding national food security and affecting poverty reduction, he said. On the global perspective, he added, factors such as climate change and … [Read more...] about ASEM looks into food security
Food Price Crisis: Credit And Warehouses By Dr. Vo Hung Dung (*) Severe floods and droughts have resulted in bad crops in many places and risingfood prices worldwide. Against this backdrop, will the 2008 food price crisis be repeated this year? The global food situation is now in a tense mood. That demand is outpacing supply poses one reason. But what really lies behind the tension is the fact that food prices which have been high since the 2008 crisis continue to be on the rise. Price hikes have denied the poor access to food and have enfeebled efforts made by budget-constraint nations to assist their citizens in dealing with food problems. This worsening may trigger new crises in a number of countries where the rich-poor gap has been so immense. As the people have felt disgruntled at inequality and corruption in these countries, escalating food prices send in the last straw. A long-term forecast of the global food market is a tough job. For years, experts in the fields form two … [Read more...] about Food Price Crisis: Credit And Warehouses
The ADB-funded project aims to improve food regulations and quality control systems to ensure the safety and quality of food products for domestic consumption and export. The project will also help build biogas plants which both reduce health hazards from livestock waste and provide an alternative energy source to 40,000 households. "The demand for safer, higher quality agricultural products become more and more critical as incidences of food poisoning from microbiological contamination and excessive pesticide residues in vegetables, fruits, and tea account for about 30 percent of the total cases of biological and chemical poisonings," said Mr. Ayumi Konishi, ADB Country Director in Việt Nam. "It is essential for Việt Nam to improve quality and safety to enhance competitiveness of Việt Nam's agricultural products in the global market, and also to ensure a better quality of life for the people," he continued. The project is expected to directly benefit around 3.6 million farmers in … [Read more...] about ADB helps improve agro-product quality and promote biogas development
Can Agricultural Products Continue to Support the Entire Economy? “The Vietnamese agricultural sector is facing a lot of shortcomings like low prices of agricultural commodities like rice, coffee and seafood in bumper crops, farmers running for short-term benefits, etc. Investors also confront numerous difficulties when they invest in specialised farming zones and processing facilities,” experts at the Vietnam Agricultural Outlook Conference 2012 held in Hanoi by the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). The Vietnamese agricultural market is forecast to face volatility in 2012. Ms Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said: The Vietnam’s economy slowed down in 2011. The economy was dragged by uncertainties, high inflation, weak bank liquidity, trade deficit, and loss-making enterprises. The agricultural sector is still seen as … [Read more...] about Can Agricultural Products Continue to Support the Entire Economy?