About 1,300ha of king orange trees, or 16 per cent of Hau Giang Province's total king orange crop, have been infected by disease caused by a new kind of virus. As a result, all the infected king orange trees are to be cut down, Nguyen Van Dong, director of the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said on Tuesday.
The province will give financial support to farmers to replace the diseased trees.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Cheap loans for agro-machinery use
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued a list of 11 preferred cultivation, harvest and processing agricultural machines and facilities.
Enterprises, co-operatives, households and individuals who produce or import these agricultural machines and facilities will benefit from better interest rates.
Dau Tu (Vietnam Investment Review)
City issues fines for admin violations
The HCM City Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Inspectorate has issued fines worth a total of VND871 million (US$41,000) for 580 administrative violations on labour and social insurance in the first quarter of this year, the department said on Tuesday.
The inspectorate has also fined 27 companies and units for violating labour safety regulations, for a total sum of VND350 million ($16,600).
Over 500 companies and construction sites are to be inspected in the second quarter.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Blood cockle, shrimp rotation shows profit
The Tra Vinh Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is encouraging farmers to rotate blood cockles and black tiger shrimps in shrimp ponds of saline water, because this method has proven to generate higher profits.
Using this method of blood cockle–shrimp rotation, a farm in the coastal district of Duyen Hai has demonstrated that blood cockle cultivation in a 0.5ha pond can yield a profit of VND80-100 million (US$3,800- 4,700) for each blood cockle crop, which last about 6-7 months.
Tin Tuc (News)
Strong winds, hailstone inflict damage
Strong winds and rain have damaged more than 180 houses in Dong Nai Province's Tan Phu and Dinh Quan districts on Tuesday. Many houses in these regions have collapsed or lost their roofs to the storms. Local authorities are working hard to help affected households repair the damage.
On the same day, a further 98 houses in the Central Highlands districts of Da Houai and Bao Lam in Lam Dong Province, lost their roofs to strong winds and hailstones.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)