The Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BIDV) has launched a credit package worth VND1 trillion (US$45.86 million) for fishermen to build fishing vessels under the Government's Decree 167 issued last year.
Loans of up to VND500 million ($22,930) at 6 per cent interest will be offered until the end of next year.
According to Tran Bac Ha, chairman of BIDV, fishermen have problems getting loans since they are mostly unable to bring in margin money.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
60 hospitalised after eating sick cow
Sixty people belonging to 24 families living in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai's Phu Thien District were hospitalised on Wednesday morning after eating beef from a diseased cow.
Beef samples were collected for testing and the remaining meat was destroyed, according to local authorities.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Dragon fruit prices triple in Tien Giang
Prices of red-flesh dragon fruit in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tien Giang's Cho Gao District have increased to VND30,000 per kilo, triple the price last month.
Prices of white-flesh dragon fruit stand at VND12,000, an increase of VND1,000-2,000 from last month, according to Nguyen Van Tam, head of the Agriculture and Rural Development of Cho Gao District.
From each hectare of dragon fruit, farmers can earn VND200 million ($9,170), which is higher that from rice, Tam said.
Cho Gao has nearly 6,000 hectares of fruits, of which more than 3,000ha are under dragon fruit. Since the beginning of this year farmers have harvested nearly 53,000 tonnes of fruits, of which dragon fruit accounted more than half.
Tin Tuc (News)