Environmental protection tax hike hurts firms Business

Environmental protection tax hike hurts firms

The Finance Ministry (MoF)’s proposal to almost triple the environmental protection tax on oil and gas consumption would reduce businesses’ competitiveness against foreign firms, according to VCCI.
Tra fish exporters adapt to tougher markets Business

Tra fish exporters adapt to tougher markets

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam has urged tra fish processors and exporters to tighten quality control over fish fry at farms and input materials to meet international quality standards in the context of forecast difficulties for tra fish export next year.

Dak Ha powdered coffee receives UTZ label

Dak Ha powdered coffee of the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum became the first of its kind in Vietnam to receive its certification from the Netherlands-based UTZ Certified, an organisation fostering sustainable farming in the world, on January 22 .

Mekong Delta reaps bumper rice crop

The Mekong Delta’s 2013 winter-spring rice harvest was 10.9 million tonnes, up 200,000 tonnes from last year, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

More bio-fuel plants to be grown

The country needs to expand the cultivation of bio-fuel plants in order to produce enough bio-fuel to meet 5 percent of its annual energy needs by 2020 as set out in the bio-fuel development project until 2025, said an industry insider.

Dr Do Huy Dinh, a member of the National Science and Technology Policy Council, said that the country will focus on developing crops that provide bio-fuels such as sugarcane, cassava, sweet kaoliang, and jatropha, to ensure enough materials for bio-fuel plants from 2010 to 2025.