Pepper exports rose 20 per cent year-on-year by volume and 16.5 per cent by value in the first nine months, according to the Viet Nam Pepper Association.
The country exported 112,000 tonnes valued at US$743 million after shipping 11,000 tonnes for US$72 million in September.
Nhan Dan (The People)
HCM City firms get low-interest loans
Eight banks on Tuesday signed contracts to lend VND1.13 trillion (US$53.8million) to 36 companies and two household businesses in HCM City's Districts 7, 4, and 2 at preferential interest rates under the city's bank-business connectivity programme.
Twenty two out of 24 districts have so far signed up for the programme organised by the State Bank of Viet Nam and local administrations, said Nguyen Hoang Minh, deputy director of the bank's HCM City branch.
So far 492 firms and 67 households have benefited, obtaining total loans of VND9.8 trillion.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Eighteen die of food poisoning this year
So far this year 108 cases of food poisoning have been reported nation-wide, with 18 people dying and 2,800 others being hospitalised, according to the Ministry of Health.
In September alone one person died and 157 were hospitalised.
Thirteen cases were reported last month.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
HCM City to build four inner bridges
The HCM City Project Management Unit of Urban Upgrading on Tuesday announced that four major bridges in the city's inner districts would be closed for construction — Bong, Kieu, Le Van Sy, and Hau Giang — from October 20.
Vehicles have to use temporary bridges built alongside or other routes until the work is finished, it said. Construction of the bridges at a total cost of US$30 million with funding from the World Bank is set to start in early November.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Investors join hi-tech green park
The HCM City Hi-tech Agriculture Park Authority has issued 14 investment certificates, 13 to domestic firms and one to a joint venture.
Nine are for building infrastructure and growing clean vegetables and other crops using advanced technologies and supplying quality seeds, the authorities said.
The city's first hi-tech agricultural park in Cu Chi District has so far supplied more than 10 tonnes of seeds to the domestic market and more than 3,500 litres of bio-products, earning VND70 billion (US$3.33 million).
Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review)