Rice ranks first in Viet Nam's exports to Africa, West and South Asia. These regions account for 20 per cent of the country's total rice exports, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Last year, Viet Nam exported rice worth US$763 million to 30 African countries, up 2 per cent over 2011.
Nhan Dan (The People)
PM okays $98.5m to train officials overseas
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a 2013-20 plan to provide overseas training for Government officials.
During this period, the country will send 1,650 officials overseas for Master's degrees and 150 outstanding students to study for undergraduate degrees.
The selected people will be sent to study mostly in the Australia, Canada, Germany, UK and the US. The plan is estimated to cost about VND2.07 trillion (US$98.5 million).
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Urea fertiliser production meets demand
Viet Nam can now meet domestic demand with locally produced urea fertiliser, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Chemicals Department.
The country needs about 10.3 million tonnes of various kinds of fertiliser this year, including 1.9-2 million tonnes of urea fertiliser.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Drought, salinity strike Mekong Delta
Local authorities in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are strengthening measures to fight drought and saline water intrusion as these have already destroyed thousands of hectares of rice and wrought damages of billions dong in aquaculture.
In Soc Trang Province, saline water intrusion has killed 3,200ha of the spring-summer rice crop in the districts of Long Phu, Tran De, My Tu and My Xuyen, as well as Soc Trang City.
Saline water intrusion has also caused damage estimated to VND68.8 billion (US$3.3 million) to agriculture and aquaculture production in Ben Tre Province.
In Ca Mau Province, drought is threatening more than 40,000ha of cajeput forests for which a fifth-level fire risk warning has been issued. This is the highest danger level. Ca Mau has had 19 forest fires so far this dry season that have destroyed 16ha of forests.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Lam Dong imports 90% of flower seedlings
Da Lat, well known as the City of Flowers, now imports 90 per cent of its flower seedlings for cultivation.
The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Lam Dong, where Da Lat is located, is the country's leading flower producer with 3,860ha dedicated to horticulture. It produces more than 1.33 million flower sprigs each year.
The province's flower growing households and farms that apply hi-tech cultivation techniques now earn a revenues of VND800 million to VND1 billion per hectare each year.
Thanh Nien (Young People)