Farmers nationwide contributed nearly VND500 billion (US$24 million) to help rebuild rural areas and to needy farmers in the first six months of the year, according to speakers at the Viet Nam Farmers Association's mid-year convention held in Ha Noi on Thursday.
The contributions were used to repair and rebuild thousands of kilometres of roads, canals and ditches. Billions of dong were given to 70,000 poor households.
According to the association, the rate of farmer households who did not have enough money to buy food in the first six months of this year fell 5.7 per cent, compared to the same period last year.
NHAN DAN (THE PEOPLE)
Dak Lak to build irrigation for coffee farms
The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dak Lak will spend VND2.3 billion (US$110,000) per year to build irrigation systems for coffee cultivation, beginning this year, according to the province's Department of Science and Technology.
The province has 150,000 ha planted with coffee trees, mostly located in cities and towns like Buon Ma Thuot, Krong Nang and Buon Ho. But the irrigation system has not met all of the necessary standards needed to produce "clean" coffee.
SAI GON GIAI PHONG (LIBERATED SAI GON)
More support pledged for industrial workers
For the first six months of the year, the HCM City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority (HEPZA) offered more than 10,000 of its workers cultural activities, healthcare services and stabilised prices for essential goods.
HEPZA cooperated with city organisations, including the Industrial Park Enterprises Association, Sai Gon Co.op, Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Tran Huu Trang Theatre, to organise 10 music and theatre performances, 100 showings of films, and 156 programmes offering price-stabilised goods.
NGUOI LAO DONG (THE LABOURER)
18,000 transport workers out of jobs
The Ministry of Transport announced that, as of June, more than 18,000 employees working in the transport sector either quit their jobs because of low pay or worked off and on because of lower demand in the industry. Of these, 7,800 people were from the Viet Nam Shipping Industry Corporation and 2,200 from the Viet Nam Marine Corporation.
DAU TU (VIET NAM INVESTMENT REVIEW)