Salt farmers in Bac Lieu Province, one of the largest Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta salt producers, are keeping much of their 2014-15 salt harvest in storage as prices in the surrounding area, where much of the salt is sold, are too low.
The province's farmers produced about 220,000 tonnes of salt in the 2014-15 season, of which less than 40 per cent has been sold. Bac Lieu produces about 250,000-260,000 tonnes of salt a year.
To help farmers sell salt and stabilise production, Bac Lieu authorities are promoting the salt's brand name. They also plan to build a national salt warehouse to buy salt from farmers.
Lao Dong (Labour)
HCM City Red Cross provides health checks
The HCM City Red Cross Association this year has worked with hospitals, organisations, units and philanthropists to carry out many activities caring for the poor in other provinces.
For example, the association and the city's volunteer physician group have provided health check-ups and free medicine and gifts for nearly 6,100 poor people in many provinces, including Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh and Hau Giang.
The association and its chapters at all levels have provided health check-ups and gifts to 16,000 poor people at a total cost of VND3.5 billion (US$120,000).
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Mekong Delta to farm more shrimp
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta plans to have 600,000ha of brackish water shrimp by 2020, including 550,000ha of black-tiger shrimp and 50,000ha of white-legged shrimp, according to the Viet Nam Institute of Fisheries Economics and Planning.
By 2020, the delta will have a total shrimp output of 750,000 tonnes, export about US$3.8 billion of shrimp a year and provide jobs for 1 million labourers.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Ha Noi to build Nhan Chinh Lake Park
The Ha Noi People's Committee has approved an adjusted general zoning plan for Nhan Chinh Lake Park in Thanh Xuan District.
Land clearance for the park, zoned in an area of 13.23ha, was completed in 2011, but construction has not started. The Ha Noi People's Committee will use money from the State budget, assign Thanh Xuan District to be the park investor.
Dau Tu (Vietnam Investment Review)