Tra Vinh gets rid of forbidden grass
More than 13kg of seeds of a grass variety banned in Viet Nam have been destroyed by officials in southern Tra Vinh Province's Duyen Hai District. The grass was being grown on a large plot of land in Dan Thanh village. The province's Agriculture and Rural Development Department said the grass was grown from seeds provided by a Taiwanese man. The grass is not on the list of plants allowed in the country, according to Tra Vinh's Plant Protection Agency. The scientific name of the grass is Sorghum Sudanense (Piper) Stapf in Prain.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
City suspends operation of bottled water maker
Inspectors from HCM City's Health Department on Monday suspended the operations of a bottled-water producer after finding that MEGA Co. at E25 Duong Quang Ham St in Go Vap District had violated safety and hygiene standards. The company was ordered to stop operations on October 3. Their products are not allowed for sale on the market. However, the company ignored the order and continued production. Inspectors have sealed up to 100 bottles containing 21 litres of water each.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Rice exports to reach 7.5 million tonnes
Viet Nam is expected to export 7.5 million tonnes of rice this year, four per cent higher than last year, according to the Viet Nam Food Association (VFA). The VFA said that the country had signed contracts to export 7.2 million tonnes. More contracts could be signed in the coming months and inventory of more than 1.7 million tonnes are enough to meet both domestic demand and exports. China and Pakistan are among the main buyers of Viet Nam's rice.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Kien Giang invests in reforestation
Kien Giang Province in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta has decided to invest VND23 billion (US$1.09 million) in a bio-forest project at U Minh Thuong National Park. The aim of the project, which will last until 2015, is to rehabilitate and grow more trees in the park. It will also help to mitigate the effects of climate change and sea encroachment, according to the provincial People's Committee.
Tin Tuc (News)