Paddy output nationwide is estimated to reach 43.7 million tonnes this year, up 1.45 million tonnes over last year, according to the Plant Cultivation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The country has planted about 7.76 million hectares of rice this year, up 108,000ha over last year. The average paddy yield was 5.65 tonnes per ha, up 120kg per ha over last year.
Observers attribute the increase in paddy output to the fact that many provinces and cities have issued policies supporting rice growers, planted many new rice strains with high yield and quality and promoted large-scale rice cultivation.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Vulnerable households get health subsidy
The Ministry of Finance on Wednesday said it has submitted to the Government a draft decree on subsidising health insurance fees for households living on the margins of poverty.
Under the draft decree, the State will, beginning 1 January 2013, subsidise 100 per cent of health insurance fees for households adjudged to be living close to the Government-designated poverty line.
It is estimated that next year there will be about 3 million people living on the margins of poverty that are participating in health insurance schemes. The State budget will release about VND1.3 trillion (US$61 million) to cover their health insurance fees.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Companies asked to pay insurance fees
The Binh Tan District People's Committee in HCM City has requested companies that have not paid social insurance, health insurance and unemployment insurance fees for their employees to do so by the year end.
As of November, there were nearly 3,000 companies doing business in the district. Of these, 314 owe a total of VND88 billion (US$4.1 million) towards the social insurance, health insurance and unemployment insurance fees that they are required to pay for their employees.
Binh Tan is one of the city's districts with a large number of companies still to pay their insurance dues, affecting the benefits their employees should receive.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
State offers seeds to storm-affected localities
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to supply free seeds to Hai Phong City and the provinces of Hai Duong, Ha Nam, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh and Quang Ninh that were hit by Typhoon Son Tinh in October.
These localities will be provided 59 tonnes of vegetable seeds, 1,138 tonnes of rice seeds and 77 tonnes of corn seeds from the national reserves.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)