Fishermen have an average monthly income of VND4 million (US$190) and 84 per cent of them work more than eight hours a day, according to a study presented by the Viet Nam Labour Federation's Worker and Trade Unions Institute at a seminar in Ha Noi on Monday.
The survey, which polled 1,500 fishermen in Quang Ninh and other central and southern provinces between April and July, also found that 18.3 per cent of them have to regularly borrow money and 21.1 per cent cannot send their children to school because of financial difficulties.
Participants at the seminar urged the federation to seek Government subsidies for fishermen, including for fuel and communication equipment.
Lao Dong (Labour)
HCM City needs blood donors for Tet
The HCM City Humanitarian Blood Donation Centre said it has received nearly 195,000 units of blood from donors so far this year, or more than the full year's target of 180,000 units.
But the centre faces a shortage of donors who have registered to give blood during Tet (Lunar New Year) in mid-February. It estimates it will need more than 14,000 donors in February, but only 6,500 have registered so far.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Tien Giang pineapple output at record high
Farmers in Tan Phuoc District, the largest pineapple growing area in Tien Giang Province, have harvested 14,195ha this year and achieved a total output of 275,000 tonnes, 30,000 up year-on-year.
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province has determined that pineapple is one of its key fruits, and zoned off a cultivation area of more than 15,700ha focused on Tan Phuoc.
This year farmers in Tan Phuoc have made profits of more than VND40 million (US$1,900) per hectare.
Tin Tuc (News)
City prepares to launch canal boat tour
The HCM City Department of Transport and Saigon Boat Tour are completing procedures to build wharves and boat stations to start a boat tour of the Nhieu Loc- Thi Nghe Canal in the first quarter of 2015.
There will be 10 boats with a capacity of 20 that will take tourists along the 8.7km canal to see the city.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Govt orders localities to watch out for plague
Tran Dac Phu, head of the Preventive Health Department, on Monday urged city and provincial health departments to keep an eye out for possible plague outbreaks.
They will have to monitor wild animals and disease vectors (rats and fleas) in areas where there have been previous outbreaks and screen people and animals entering the country.
A plague outbreak has killed 40 people out of 119 who contracted the disease in Madagascar in the last three months, according to the World Health Organisation.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
$1.6b upgrade for Tay Nguyen highways
Besides a section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway, other national highways in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) will also be upgraded at a cost of more than VND33 trillion (US$1.6 billion), according to the Steering Committee for Tay Nguyen.
The region has 13 national highways with a total length of more than 2,100 km.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)