When I learned that I had missed the 2012 fruit festival in Ben Tre Province, my heart sank. Nguyen Minh Chau, the director of the Southern Fruit Research Institute (SOFRI) broke the news over a plate of prize-winning pomelo, in their cavernous headquarters, nearly a year ago. "It was just last week," he said in his booming voice. "You missed some very good fruit." Farmers from all over Vietnam had come to the delta to submit their best crops. The winners received a small cash prize and SOFRI bragging rights""an honor that could convert a small orchard into a lucrative nursery, supplying brand name saplings to farms all over the country. "You'll have to come back next year," he told me. Raised in Saigon and educated in India, Chau speaks with a sub-continental ebullience""an intimacy that makes you feel as though you are best friends. When he gets to talking about a subject as potentially banal as durian cultivation, he pulls you close to him, shakes his head and speaks in … [Read more...] about The passion of Vietnam delta’s annual fruit orgy
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VN garment sector to boost export growth The domestic textile and garment industry is expected to sustain growth in exports in the coming months, according to the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS). Truong Van Cam, VITAS vice chairman and general secretary, said many textile and garment companies had signed contracts to produce export products in the third quarter of this year. Many Vietnamese garment firms had also sustained high growth this year in traditional markets such as the United States, the Republic of Korea, the European Union, and member-states of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Cam said a series of recently-signed free trade agreements (FTAs) was expected to boost the sector. Since 2001, Viet Nam had signed bilateral trade agreements with the US, Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea, as well as Australia, New Zealand, and India, and joined the World Trade Organisation. However, global demand for textiles … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 6/6
Vietnam’s veggie exports stage strong growth Vietnam’s vegetable and fruit exports in the first four months of the year rose a staggering 29% year-on-year to some US$1.3 billion, with China-bound shipments generating nearly US$1 billion, customs data shows. Last month alone saw veggie export revenue hitting US349.6 million, up 8.7% month-on-month, according to data of the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Exports of vegetables and fruits to neighboring China fetched US$988.8 million in the four months, up 30.1% year-on-year, which accounted for 75% of Vietnam’s total export revenue in the sector. Last year’s corresponding proportion was 74.3%. The customs said that besides China, 14 other importers of Vietnamese vegetables and fruits have also bought much more than in the same period last year. The United States, Vietnam’s second biggest importer of vegetables, spent over US$38.8 million importing such farm produce in the past four months, a … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 28/5
Vietnamese food is delicious and it is often cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. To make sure that this was true, we spoke to Antoine Yvon, the head nutritionist at CMI hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. You will finally know if all those banh mi sandwiches are good for you, if you should drink the broth of your pho or not, and the name of Vietnam's only superfruit. The interview was translated from French. What is your general professional opinion about Vietnamese food? Is it as healthy as people think it is? Antoine Yvon: Vietnamese food is one of the most healthy and balanced in the world. As a professional, I have seen that dishes and ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine can cover all the dietary needs on protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals because there is a great natural diversity of agricultural products. It is this diversity and variety that are the foundations of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Eating with chopsticks, using multiple … [Read more...] about Is Vietnamese food really healthy?
PM gives instructions on agriculture The Prime Minister has issued instructions on agriculture in areas of land rent for rubber replanting and biogas programmes for the animal husbandry sector in Vietnam. The PM agreed to waive land rent fees for rubber replanting between 2015 and 2020. He also ordered the Ministry of Finance and relevant authorities to guide localities to perform the instruction in accordance with regulations. The PM also nodded to adjust the content list of the “Biogas Programme for the Animal Husbandry Sector in Vietnam” funded by Official Development Assistance from the Government of the Netherlands. Specifically, the project will be extended to June 30, 2016 with additional funds of 1.3 million EUR The project started in 2003, aiming to implement about 167,000 biogas projects in 63 provinces and cities nationwide.- First consultative conference on NA deputies’ election The first consultative conference of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) … [Read more...] about Social News 18/2