The country's northern area has expanded large-scale citrus fruit areas in recent years, and now has about 46,800ha of citrus fruits, including oranges, mandarins and grapefruits, accounting for 35 per cent of the country's total citrus fruit area.
However, experts said the region should invest more in intensive farming techniques and apply Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practices (VietGAP) to improve quality and value.
Nhan Dan (THE PEOPLE)
Flood-prevention project nearly complete
The HCM City delegation to the National Assembly on Thursday met with city officials to discuss the progress of the flood-prevention project on the Tham Luong - Ben Cat - Rach Nuoc Len Canal. Investment capital for the project was VND157 billion (US$7.4 million) in 2002, rising to VND1.95 trillion ($92 million) in 2012. The project is about 80-85 per cent completed.
The water-drainage project will prevent flooding of a 14,900ha area covering eight districts and reduce air and water pollution along the canal.
Tuoi Tre (YOUTH)
Seven railway bridges open
The Viet Nam Railway Corporation yesterday launched a ceremony to open seven railway bridges in the Quang Binh Province-Quang Tri Province section.
The seven bridges were built over a period of 27 months and belong to a project to enhance the safety of railway bridges on the Ha Noi – HCM City rail route.
With total investment capital of VND3.79 trillion (US$180 million), the project will replace 44 railway bridges in 15 cities and provinces.
Dau Tu (VIETNAM INVESTMENT REVIEW)