Vietnam halts Australia fruit imports Business

Vietnam halts Australia fruit imports

Vietnam plans to cease the import of 38 kinds of fruits from Australia from 2015, the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced on December 17.
Ban on asbestos use in Vietnam is urgent: workshop Health

Ban on asbestos use in Vietnam is urgent: workshop

The Non-governmental Organisations-Information Centre (NGO-IC) held a workshop in Hanoi on November 27 to call for joining hands with Vietnamese agencies in a bid to draw a roadmap for the ban of white asbestos use in the country.
Environment

Workshop tackles illegal trade in chemicals, waste

The Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme jointly held a national capacity building workshop on controlling the illegal trade in chemicals and waste in Hanoi on October 6.
Business

Vietnam set to grow GM crops next year

Cultivation of genetically-modified (GM) new strains are expected to start next year, with a target to expand the area under cultivation of GM crops to between 30 percent and 50 percent of the total farmland by 2020, the English language news portal VietNamNet Bridge quoted an agriculture researcher as saying.
Business

Leather, footwear criteria to be set

The Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association (VLFA) has unveiled plans to develop product quality and safety criteria to raise the industry's production standards.
Society

Vietnam calls on WHO members to adapt to climate change

A Vietnamese official has delivered an impassioned speech at the ongoing 67th Assembly of the World Health Organisation (WHO), calling on the organisation and United Nations agencies to intensify their response to climate change.
FTA with EU would boost exports Business

FTA with EU would boost exports

The Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement is expected to be signed by October will bring "win-win" opportunities of success for both sides' business communities, delegates told a forum organised in Ho Chi Minh City on May 13.
National clean water week launched in Bac Ninh Society

National clean water week launched in Bac Ninh

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the People’s Committee of the northern province of Bac Ninh on April 25 held a ceremony to launch the 2014 national week of clean water and environmental sanitation.
FAO warns of cross-border bird flu risk from China World

FAO warns of cross-border bird flu risk from China

The spread of the H7N9 virus among poultry in live bird markets (LBM) in China's Guangxi province has significantly increased the risk that it will progressively spread to neighbouring countries and pose a higher human health risk, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.
Society

Incense making village busy before Tet

Bunches of red incense sticks and their sweet smell are easily noticed along roads and in the yards of residents in Quan Huong village, the central province of Quang Nam, as the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday approaches.
Health

MoU helps fight against rabies

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on rabies prevention was inked between the Ministry of Health, the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).
Business

Greening industrial production in Vietnam

Along with many action programmes such as the National Target Programme on Energy Saving and Efficiency, Environmental Industry Development Project until 2015 with a Vision Towards 2020, the Cleaner Production (CL) Strategy until 2020 was also promoted in industries, with a view to green and sustainable industrial development. Report by the Vietnam Economic News.
Environment

Vietnam joins Minamata mercury treaty

Vietnam has officially joined the United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury with a view to minimise the metal’s significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment.