About 6.5 million labourers have moved from rural to urban areas over the past five years. Of the figure, 70 per cent are below 30 years old, according to research conducted by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
The research also showed that more than 66 per cent of migrant labourers do not have professional skills. More than 50 per cent of the migrant labourers have not finished high school education and more than 40 per cent work in unskilled jobs.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Sea tourism plan approved
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has approved a plan to develop tourism on sea, island and coastal areas from now to 2020.
By 2020 the country's sea tourism will have at least six tourism destinations that meet international standards. The plan will also develop tourism ports in Ha Long, Da Nang, Nha Trang, HCM City and Phu Quoc Island.
The plan targets that sea tourism will reach annual revenue of US$10 billion and provide jobs for 600,000 people and indirect jobs for 1.1 million people by 2020.
Dau Tu (Vietnam Investment Review)
Crop restructuring pays off in Mekong Delta
The restructuring of crop cultivation in paddy fields in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta is necessary because of declining prices due to the existing large rice stock. The move is necessary as millions of farmers could be affected, experts have said.
Ten yeas ago, the National Agriculture Extension Centre started a programme to plant cash crops like soybean, corn, bitter melon and watermelon in paddy fields for the summer-autumn crop in Long An Province. These crops have brought higher incomes for farmers.
Farmers in other Delta provinces, including Vinh Long, An Giang and Dong Thap, have also reported higher profits from rotating cash crops in paddy fields.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Foreign tourists increase
Foreign tourists visiting Viet Nam in August reached 676,719, taking the total number of foreign tourists in the first eight months of the year to 4.87 million, up 7.9 per cent against the same period last year.
According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the number of foreign tourists by sea equal to 87.2 per cent of the figure recorded in the same period last year, while the number of foreign tourists via land rose 26.1 per cent year-on-year.
Of foreign tourists, Russian tourists to Viet Nam saw the highest increase, up 63.1 per cent year-on-year, followed by Chinese tourists with a rise of 33.1 per cent.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Rice exports fall
Rice exports reached 4.69 million tonnes worth a total of US$2.05 billion in the first eight months of the year, down 15.7 per cent in volume and 18.4 per cent in value year-on-year.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, rice exports will continue to face competition from Thai rice exports for the rest of the year.
Tin Tuc (News)