Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta farmers are finding it difficult to rent machines and workers to harvest the winter-spring rice as the peak harvest season approaches.
The delta has 1.5 million hectares of rice and 9,000 combine-harvesters that meet only 50 per cent of the demand.
Many farmers in Hau Giang Province, for instance, have not been able to hire machines to harvest their winter-spring rice.
The wages of workers hired to harvest paddy manually have also increased two-fold, but they are still hard to find, according to the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Nhan Dan (The People)
City fires kill 16 during first three months
Fire accidents have killed 16 people in HCM City in the first quarter of this year, the city's Firefighting Department reported on Thursday.
Eighty per cent of the fires occurred in residential areas and 60 per cent were caused by electrical short circuits.
The department asked district authorities to tighten preventive measures against fires as well as steps to mitigate their impacts.
Nguoi Lao Dong ( The Labourer)
Steel consumption declines by 7 per cent
Steel consumption nationwide dropped 7 per cent year-on-year to more than 1 million tonnes in the first quarter of the year, according to the Viet Nam Steel Association.
The steel demand is expected to increase in the coming months as it is now the construction season, said the association.
The country's quantity of steel ingot is now 450,000 tonnes, ensuring supply for the society's demand in the second quarter.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times )