The HCM City People's Committee has approved a project to develop high-quality vegetable farming and distribution at a cost of VND60 billion (US$2.66 million), including nearly VND44 billion (US$1.95 million) from its coffers.
The project will develop a digital map of vegetable farming areas in the city, a system to monitor the quality of vegetables from production to distribution, and promote the use of advanced technology.
All the vegetable growing areas will meet VietGAP (Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice) standards.
Nhan Dan (The People)
City project to make traditional markets safe
The HCM City Department of Industry and Trade has submitted a project to develop a system of traditional markets that meet food safety standards to the People's Committee for approval.
This year the Hoc Mon Agriculture Wholesale Market in Hoc Mon District and Ben Thanh Market in District 1 will develop a pilot model that meets food safety criteria such as product origin and quality.
The former is one of the city's three major wholesale markets and Ben Thanh is a first-class market as well as a popular tourism attraction.
The model will be scaled up at 12 other traditional markets between 2017 and 2020.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Salt intrusion hits Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta
More than 18,400 ha of rice in Ca Mau, or 56 per cent of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province's rice farming area, have been affected by high salinity and severe drought, the local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Monday.
Thoi Binh and U Minh were the worst affected districts with respectively more than 12,000ha and 5,300ha being damaged.
In Kien Giang Province, more than 36,200ha of rice have been affected by pests and high salinity.
In Ben Tre, more than 1,300ha of winter-spring rice in Ba Tri and Binh Dai districts are at high risk of damage from salt intrusion.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, salinity and drought would worsen from early February onwards.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)