Fishing boats nationwide have been supported with VND760 billion (US$36 million) for fuel, insurance and accident compensation over the past three years, the Viet Nam Directorate of Fisheries reported on Monday.
Fifteen of the 20 provinces and cities that have offshore fishing activities have supported 2,203 fishing vessels with communication devices with global positioning systems worth a total of VND69.7 billion ($3.3 million).
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
HCM City ramps up vehicle inspections
The HCM City Department of Transport's Inspectorate, in co-operation with the city's Road and Railway Police Division, have set up an additional checkpoint to spot overloaded vehicles running on Nguyen Van Linh Street in District 7 and Binh Chanh District and Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in District 4.
The city now has three stations to inspect the weight of vehicles that transport goods to the city's ports, the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region and the southeast region. The inspection will last until the end of the year.
After two months of inspections, officials have fined 857 people VND2.5 billion (US$120,000) for overloading.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Pepper exports surge despite less output
Pepper exports have reached 103,000 tonnes worth a total of US$677 million in the first eight months of the year, up 20.4 per cent in volume and 16.1 per cent in value year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Output is estimated to reach about 95,000 tonnes this pepper crop, down 15 per cent against the previous one.
With 10,000 tonnes in stock from the last season and 5,000 tonnes imported so far this year, the country has about 6,000 tonnes for export from now to the year end.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Sixty-four die of rabies
In the first eight months of the year, 175,035 people have been bitten by dogs and 64 of them have died from rabies. Ninety per cent of the casualties were in northern provinces.
Tin Tuc (The News)