Cassava exports double this year

Cassava has been listed as a key agricultural export, with the industry exporting 158,000 tonnes, worth a total value of 36 million USD in September.

Rubber export value bounces back

Rubber prices have reached their highest level so far this year and are currently at around 2,000 USD per tonne, an increase of 200 USD over the average price in September, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Scheme to track Mekong seafood

A pilot programme to monitor origins and quality of seafood processed in the Cuu Long ( Mekong ) Delta provinces has been undertaken in response to an EU regulation requiring Vietnamese seafood imports to certify the location of the catch, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

VN, Netherlands deepen environmental cooperation

Vietnam is a delta country with which the Netherlands would especially like to cooperate in water resource management and addressing climate change, an official from the Netherlands said on Oct. 5.

More investment needed for rural development

Although investment in agriculture and rural areas has improved remarkably in recent years, the number of projects and the volume of investment capital in this sector are still less than in other economic sectors.

According to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), in 2008, the agro-forestry-fisheries sector attracted 45 new projects with a combined investment of over 252 million USD; accounting for 3.8 percent of all projects and 0.42 percent of newly registered investment. The respective percentages for the first eight months of the year were 2.57 percent and 0.46 percent.

Can Tho to host int’l forum on climate change

The Prime Minister has given permission for the Government Office and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to hold an international forum on climate change in the Mekong Delta region in the southern city of Can Tho on October 15-16.

Vietnam, Cuba to ink six-year rice deal

The Prime Minister has approved the content of a draft framework agreement between Vietnam and Cuba on the development of rice production there in the 2009-2015 period.

EC decision to affect Vietnam’s seafood exports

Vietnam ’s seafood exports will certainly be influenced by the strict requirements stated in the European Commission (EC)’s Regulation 1005, to take effect in January 2010, said a Vietnamese official.