The Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour and its branches in provinces and cities granted loans of more than VND55 billion (US$2.6 million) for 793 projects in the first nine months of the year..
The mentioned projects, which created 8,765 jobs, are mainly in agriculture and animal husbandry. The loans have helped improve living conditions of thousands of people, the confederation said.
Lao dong (Labour)
Binh Dinh museum receives artefacts
The Binh Dinh General Museum were provided with 165 antiques including weapons, production tools, pottery and an ancient money collection from the Tay Son Dynasty.
Many of the antiques, presented by UNESCO Centre for Research and Conservation of Vietnamese Antiques last week, date back to the Dong Son Culture, the reign of Ly-Tran and Le-Mac dynasties.
Doan Anh Tuan, director of the centre, said that the antiques had very high historical value and would throw more light on the country's cultural history.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Salmonella the main culprit for food poisoning
Nearly 250 cases of food poisoning are recorded in Viet Nam each year, affecting 5,000-7,800 people and claiming 30-60 lives, according to inspectors with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Nearly 70 per cent of the poisoning cases are caused by the Salmonella bacteria in canned food and others dishes including undercooked clams and egg, they say. The rest are caused by chemical contamination of food.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Storm-hit localities provided with seeds
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked its Department of Crop Production and other agencies to tap national reserves and quickly provide 400 tonnes of corn seeds and 62 tonnes of vegetable seeds to 14 central and Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) provinces affected by Storm Nari.
The provision of seeds is aimed at helping residents restore production and stabilise their lives before the next Tet (Lunar New Year) festival. The recipients of seed aid are: Ninh Binh, Hai Duong, Phu Tho, Tuyen Quang, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Quang Ngai and Kon Tum.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Compressed pellets used to fertilise rice
The area of rice fields fertilised with compressed pellets in the northern province of Tuyen Quang in 2013 has increased to more than 22,000ha from just 77.4ha in 2011.
The project to help disadvantaged farmers improve and stabilise rice cultivation by using compressed fertiliser pellets was launched in 2011.
The project is funded by non-profit organization CODESPA, which helps low-income communities in developing countries "become fully involved in economic activities with which they can generate income as well as develop their own capacities and human potential."
Nhan Dan (The People)