The sugar inventory in 2016 is expected to exceed 200,000 tonnes, double the amount of last year, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Total sugar consumption this year is estimated at 1.5 million tonnes while total supply is predicted to be 1.735 million tonnes, including local production output of 1.5 million tonnes, an inventory of 100,000 tonnes and imports of 135,000 tonnes.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Cases of river encroachment unsolved
As many as 279 cases of encroachment on rivers and canals in HCM City have yet to be solved, according to the HCM City Inland Waterway Region.
Authorities cleared 118 cases last year but 33 new cases were identified.
Encroachment affects the drainage system of the city, especially in the rainy season, according to the HCM City Urban Drainage Company.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Chemicals of unknown origin produce syrup
The Environmental Crime Prevention Police (PC49) of the HCM City Police on Monday seized 535kg of unknown origin chemicals to produce syrup.
The chemicals were confiscated in an unscheduled investigation of PC49 to two syrup-production firms, Thanh Huong and Trinh, in Binh Tan District and District 11, respectively. The firms' owner said the chemicals could be used as a thickener, flavourer or preservative.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Power projects receive $1.3b in ODA
The National Power Transmission Corporation under the Electricity of Viet Nam in the 2011-15 period mobilised about US$1.3 billion in Official Development Assistance for its transmission projects.
Last year, the corporation completed procedures for a co-financed loan of $304 million from the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and from Germany's Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (Reconstruction Credit Institute) (KfW), as well as a $340 million loan from ADB.
The corporation also received a loan of $38 million from the French Agency for Development (AFD) and negotiated with the KfW on a new EUR95 million loan.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te (Viet Nam Economic Times)