Work will begin on the Vinh Tan General Port at the end of this year, Le Tien Phuong, chairman of the Binh Thuan Province People's Committee, has said.
The port, to be located in Tuy Phong District's Vinh Tan Commune, will spread over 76ha and can accommodate both passenger and cargo ships weighing up to 50,000DWT.
Dau Tu (Vietnam Investment Review)
Ethnic minorities learn about rice growing
Border troops in the central province of Quang Binh have taught ethnic minorities living in border villages several models of wet rice farming over the last five years, helping them grow their own food.
Soldiers at the Cha Lo international border gate, for instance, last year taught people in Ka Ai village in Minh Hoa District how to grow wet rice on 5ha of hilly lands.
In their first harvest, Ka Ai villagers got a yield of 4 tonnes per hectare. The village has 72 Sach and May ethnic families.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Farmers Association sets up legal clubs
The Gia Lai Province Farmers Association has helped set up 56 "Farmers and Laws" clubs to improve farmers' legal knowledge.
This year the clubs have organised 4,530 sessions to teach more than 360,000 people, mostly farmers in ethnic minority areas.
Tin Tuc (News)
Plenty of fish in the sea in Phu Quoc
Fishermen in Phu Quoc Island in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Kien Giang have reported bumper anchovy catches over the last fortnight.
Fishing boats returned with an average of 10 tonnes of the fish after a week-long trip. With anchovy prices at VND10,000-12,000 a kilogramme, boat owners can expect to earn profits of around VND80 million (US$3,800) per trip.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
More than 84% of firms declare taxes online
More than 409,400 companies, or 84 per cent of those paying taxes, have declared their taxes online, according to the General Department of Taxation.
Launched for the first time in the country in August 2009, online tax declaration can now be done in all 63 provinces and cities.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Cassava farming to get intensity boost
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said it will not enlarge the cassava-growing area to produce ethanol but will focus on intensive farming in the existing area to increase yield.
At a meeting in the central province of Quang Ngai on Tuesday, ministry officials announced several measures for develop the cassava sector, including import of new high-yield varieties for cultivation and tie-ups between farmers and processing plants to guarantee outlets for the former's produce.
Viet Nam has seven plants producing ethanol from cassava with a total designed capacity of 635 million litres a year. Ethanol is used to blend with gasoline.
Lao Dong (Labour)