The quantity of stocked sugar in September and October has reached a record high as the 2014-15 sugarcane season enters its peak harvest season, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has reported.
The country's stocked sugar totaled 350,000 tonnes as of the end of last month, two times higher than the same period last year, largely due to the high quantity of smuggled sugar.
The price of sugar has continued to decline over the past sugarcane seasons, from VND18,000-19,000 a kilo in the 2011-12 sugarcane season to VND12,000-13,000 a kilo in the 2013-14 sugarcane season. The price is expected to decline in the 2014-15 sugarcane season, according to the Viet Nam Sugarcane and Sugar Association.
Sai Gon Giai Phong(LIBERATED SAI GON)
New drug addiction treatment introduced
The Go Vap District Preventive Health Centre in HCM City will begin using suboxone to treat drug addicts in November, becoming the first in the country to do so, Nguyen Trung Hoa, the centre director, said on Thursday.
Suboxone has numerous advantages over methadone in treating drug addicts who are also being treated for HIV and tuberculosis, he said.
Tuoi Tre (YOUTH)
Vocational training provided to soldiers
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a plan to provide vocational training for demobilised soldiers and high-skill trainees in military vocational training schools to 2020. Training will focus on automobile technology, electronics, precision engineering and chemical technology.
The plan will provide annual vocational training for 60-65 demobilised soldiers and 5,000-6,000 trainees in highly skilled jobs from 2014 to 2017. From 2018 to 2020, 65-70 per cent of demobilised soldiers and 7,000-8,000 trainees in skilled positions will receive training.
Nhan Dan (THE PEOPLE)
Tan Hiep Water Plant flows on
The HCM City People's Committee has granted an investment licence for the second phase of the Tan Hiep Water Plant project in Hoc Mon District.
The project will have a capacity of 300,000 cu.m a day and supply water for 12 districts, including Go Vap, Hoc Mon and Binh Chanh.
The project, which costs VND1.2 trillion (US$57 million), is estimated to be put into operation in the second quarter of 2016.
Nguoi Lao Dong (THE LABOURER)
Dak Lak builds 76 check dams
Youth in Buon Ma Thuot City's Ea Kao Commune in Dak Lak Province and the Green Measure Club (whose members are students at Tay Nguyen University) have built 76 check dams at springs in Ea Kao Commune. Check dams are small dams that can be either temporary or permanent; they can reduce erosion and gullying and allow sediment and pollutants to settle.
The check dams help reduce the speed of water flow during storms. The programme, which has been implemented for the last eight months, also aims to raise public awareness of environmental protection.
Thanh Nien (YOUNG PEOPLE)
Cao Bang farmers earn more from silkworm
Farmers in the northern province of Cao Bang have been breeding silkworms and planting mulberry plants, earning profits five times higher than from the cultivation of rice. In Nguyen Binh District's Lang Mon Commune, farmers who have switched to breeding silkworms have been able to escape poverty.
Tin Tuc (News)