A disease called early mortality syndrome (EMS) affected more than 5,700ha of shrimp farms in 18 cities and provinces in the first 10 months of the year.
More than 12,200ha of shrimp farms in 28 cities and provinces were also affected by white spot disease, according to the Department of Animal Husbandry.
Tuoi Tre (The Youth)
Ministry to issue digitised driver's licences
The Ministry of Transport has released a circular on the issuance of new high-security driver's licences with digitised personal information across the country.
Under the circular, 32 million old licences for both motorcycles and automobiles will be changed to the new form by December 2015.
The fee will be VND135,000 per licence. The ministry forecasts collecting a total of VND4.3 trillion (US$204.7 million) from the fees.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Quang Nam collects fees for forest services
Central Quang Nam Province has decided to collect fees for forest environment services from 17 hydroelectric power companies in 2014.
The total fee will reach 47.6 billion (US$2.26 million). The A Vuong Hydroelectric Power Company will pay the highest fee with VND13.3 billion ($633,000).
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Mekong Delta sets rice cultivation goals
Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces have developed a plan for rice cultivation in 2014, targeting to reach 5.8 tonnes of rice per hectare, and a total productivity of nearly 25 million tonnes, a rise of 36,000 tonnes compared to last year. The region also plans to expand rice cultivation area to 4.3 million hectares.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Da Nang launches 30 new FDI projects
Central Da Nang City issued investment certificates to 30 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in the first nine months of this year with total registered capital of US$44.04 million.
All the projects were focused on fields like services, tourism and industrial production using high technology. Fifteen FDI projects had $254.57 million added to their capital.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)