The north-central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh have set a goal to cultivate an additional 100,000 hectares of rubber by 2020. The earnings from rubber cultivation have lifted many local residents out of poverty, but the area has yet to take advantage of its potential, according to local authorities.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Mekong Delta ports operate at half capacity
Fifteen ports in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are operating at only half of their capacity as the waterways leading to some of the ports cannot accommodate big ships. Many Delta exporters are sending their goods to Cat Lai Port in HCM City to ship overseas.
The Mekong Delta's ports handled 1.2 million tonnes of goods in 2010, 1.4 million of goods in 2011, and 773,000 tonnes of goods last year, according to the Can Tho City Maritime Administration.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
400,000 jobs to be created in southwest
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta plans to create more than 400,000 jobs this year, up 100,000 against last year, according to the Southwestern Regional Steering Committee.
To meet the target, localities will shift jobs to more non-agricultural sectors and carry out job-creation projects that are part of the national employment programme.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Quang Nam drills wells amid drought
The central province of Quang Nam is drilling more than 1,000 bore wells in sandy areas to have more water for irrigation and household use, the provincial People's Committee said on Tuesday.
The province has had to install 350 temporary pumps for the summer-autumn crop, as many small reservoirs are without water.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Disease weighs on aquatic cultivation
The cultivation of aquatic species, including tra fish and shrimp, in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta has declined because of disease outbreaks and low sale prices.
In Tra Vinh Province, for instance, 810 hectares of a total of 14,200 ha of shrimp have been hit by disease outbreaks, according to the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The Delta was expected to produce about 800,000-900,000 tonnes of tra fish this year. Last year, the yield was 1,285,000 tonnes.
Lao Dong (Labour)