Some 80,000 tonnes of pepper were exported for US$550 million in the first seven months of the year, the Viet Nam Pepper Association said.
Though the volume was down by 3 per cent from the same period last year, the value was up 20 per cent since the average export price was up 26.4 per cent at more than $6,800 per tonne, it said.
Viet Nam hopes to export 120,000 tonnes of pepper worth $850-900 million this year.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Bac Lieu rice farmers to pool lands
Southern Bac Lieu Province plans to develop 140 large-scale rice fields, each to measure more than 45ha, as part of efforts to restructure agriculture.
Each to measure more than 45ha, they will be located in Hoa Binh, Vinh Loi, Gia Rai, Phuoc Long, and Hong Dan Districts. Around 4,740 farmers will take part in the programme and plant the same rice variety-Mot bui do - using Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice standards.
The programme is estimated to cost more than VND25.7 billion (US$1.23 million).
Lao Dong (Labour)
Central region to be hit by floods
Parts of the central region will experience five to seven floods this year, according to the local weather office.
Water levels in rivers in central Quang Tri and Quang Binh Provinces will peak in October, while rivers in the region from Thua Thien-Hue to Quang Ngai will peak from mid-October to the end of November.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Gov't to find consultants Can Tho highway
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has permitted the Ministry of Transport to choose consultants and sign a credit agreement for building a section of Highway 80 linking Can Tho city and Kien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta.
The Lo Te-Rach Soi section is expected to cost more than VND10 trillion (US$479.1 million).
Work on it is expected to begin this year and finish in 2014.
Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review)