The three are Ma Phu Cuong, Tran Le My Quynh, and Truong Hoang Phuc. Being a son of a dragon fruit farmer in the central province of Binh Thuan, Ma Phu Cuong realizes that whenever dragon fruit cacti begin flowering, his father has to eliminate most buds on each plant so that the farm reaches its full harvesting potential. This, however, is a shameful waste since the quantity of those thrown-away buds is quite large. When in grade 11th, Cuong experimented turning these buds into tea and introduced it to his family. Everybody in his family praised the tea smelled and tasted so good. Thanks to his major of biotechnology in university, he is now able to use modern knowledge to further develop his cherished idea of making better use of the waste dragon fruit buds. Tran Le My Quynh, his friend who is a sophomore in business administration, shared that she had been quite surprised at first when knowing the idea, but was then quickly persuaded by Cuong’s passion. Along with … [Read more...] about New tea made from dragon fruit flower buds
Harvest new beginnings
Harvest festival of central Vietnam ethnic group Every year after the harvest season, the Pa Ko, an ethnic minority community living in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, celebrate the Aza festival. This year, the festival was held on Thursday, December 20. The festival begins with the shamans making offerings to the gods. Most of the Pa Ko men are dressed in their colorful traditional attire, mostly red and black striped hand-woven fabric worn like a sarong, draped over bare chests like a sash and wrapped around their heads like a turban. The offerings made by the shamans include chicken, pork, rice, sticky rice and seeds. Two items that are crucial to this ritual are brocade and flowers made with bamboo. The Aza festival is the most significant cultural and spiritual event for the Pa Ko, so every house looks to offer the most precious gifts they can to the gods. The village elder conducts the Giang (God) worshiping ceremony that also has a foretelling tradition to it. … [Read more...] about A central Vietnam harvest fest retains its traditional trappings
Members of a Ha Nhi family are making glutinous rice cake to prepare for New Year's Eve (Photo: Nhat Minh) Generations of Ha Nhi people in Muong Te district, Lai Chau province, have created earthen-wall houses to protect them against extreme weather. Houses always face the east and lean their backs against a mountain. Ha Nhi people believe an eastward orientation makes a house prosperous and peaceful. After choosing an auspicious day to begin, the prospective home owner sprinkles 3 seeds on the ground to symbolize growth, development, and a good harvest. The stage from excavating the footing to erecting the earthen walls is very complicated. The house’s rock foundation is about 1m high to avoid ground moisture. Ha Nhi people select clay soil with high adhesion, pack it into a 40-inch wide mould, and compress it tightly between sheets of plywood. They use the wooden tools to make the inside and outside wall surfaces smooth. Finally, they add the house’s beams and … [Read more...] about Ha Nhi ethnic group’s earthen-wall houses and traditional New Year celebration
VietNamNet Bridge - Many large corporations in different business fields have rushed to pour capital into agriculture to seek a new driving force for their growth. But not all of them have been successful. Large corporations rush to invest in agriculture Some years ago, Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group, established as a real estate developer, announced investment in agriculture production, stirring up the business community. Many businesses followed the move. Gemadept, a shipping firm, for example, stated it will pour money into agriculture projects. In 2012, Gemadept issued an optimistic report about its rubber growing project in Cambodia. In 2013, Gemadept got a land-use right certificate for 70 years for 30,000 hectares of land. At least 8,000 hectares of rubber had been planted by that time. However, the company later had to give up the project as it could not bring profits. Because of the failure of project, Gemadept was called a ‘naïve investor’. Many … [Read more...] about What can businesses ‘harvest’ after ‘sowing capital’ in agriculture?
At the event (Source: VNA) Lao Cai (VNA) – The annual Sa Pa Summer Tourism Festival 2018, the third of its kind, kicked off at Sa Pa resort town, the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai on April 28. The festival features diverse and interesting activities from April 1 to June 30, including a photo exhibition, a flower festival, Ham Rong mountain climbing competition, cultural festival of Mong Cat Cat village retracing wedding of Dao ethnic people, new harvest welcome ceremony of Xa Pho ethnic group, and others. The event “A Day as Farmer” in Ta Phin commune will enable tourists to experience farming in mountain areas and pick herbal leaves with Dao ethnic people. As part of the event, the cultural and tourism festival of Tam Duong district, the northern province of Lai Chau will be held for the first time to introduce its culture, tourist areas, cuisine, music performances and folk games to businesses and visitors in Sa Pa. The same day, a ceremony to … [Read more...] about Sa Pa Summer Tourism Festival begins