Ministry to tighten control of divestment and equitisation

(Mard - 15/02/2017) The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will tighten control over company equitisation and impose strict penalties on irresponsible leaders who delay this process, Deputy Minister Hà Công Tuấn said at a conference in Hà Nội yesterday.

Aussies open door to VN mango

(Mard - 19/09/2016) Australia has given the green light for Vietnamese fresh mango to be imported into the country after nine years of negotiations, making it the second Vietnamese fruit, after litchi, to be presenting in the demanding market.

Provinces launch battles against drought

(Mard - 08/04/2016) Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk has invested VNĐ26 billion (US$1.15 million) on drilling bore wells and building water supply projects.

Drought, salinity hits fishery exports

(Mard - 21/03/2016) Severe drought in the Mekong Delta has badly affected agriculture and aquaculture, threatening a scarcity of raw materials for seafood exports.

Salt industry will be restructured

(MARD - 25/06/2015) Under a five-year restructuring (until 2020) action plan for the industry presented by the ministry at a conference held in Ha Noi on Tuesday, production area would be expanded to 14,500ha with an annual productivity of 2 million tonnes.

Mekong Delta building five areas to cultivate special rice

(MARD - 10/03/2015) The establishment of five new specialised rice-growing zones is underway in the Mekong Delta to meet the growing demand of domestic and international markets.

Vietnam spent much on animal feed imports

(MARD - 25/03/2014) According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in 2013 Vietnam earned U.S. $ 2.95 billion from rice exports but spent U.S. $ 3 billion on animal feed and raw materials imports. Vietnam has spent over U.S. $ 4 billion on importing corn, soybeans and wheat. In the first two months of 2014, Vietnam has spent U.S. $ 375 million on feed and raw materials imports, up 4.7 % compared to the same period last year. Vietnam has imported 1.26 million tons of corn worth U.S. $ 326 million, seven times bigger in volume than the same period last year. Imports from Brazil and Thailand account for more than 90 %.

Rising shrimp exports boost industry growth

(MARD - 26/11/2013) Shrimp breeders from central and southern provinces are pleased that exports and prices are on the rise as the local tra fish industry had been in troubled waters.

Farmers in the Mekong Delta begin harvesting autumn-winter rice

(MARD - 10/09/2013) According to the Department of Crop Production, MARD, so far farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have grown autumn-winter rice more than 560,000 hectares out of 790,000 hectares, and will have finished the rest by mid-September. Currently, farmers in provinces of Dong Thap, Kien Giang, Hau Giang and Can Tho are harvesting more than 20,000 hectares of autumn-winter rice with the average yield of from 4.5 to 4.8 tonnes per ha. Price of fresh paddy bought at the fields is now 4,000-4,100 VND per kg and long grain paddy is 4,500-4,600 VND per kg.

Salt output up 1.5 times

(Mard - 7/8/2013) - Vietnam’s salt output soared 146 percent to over 800,000 tonnes in the first half of this year as farmers switched to salt production to capitalise on its growing market value.