More than 18 per cent of forested land in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Kien Giang faces the threat of third- to fifth-alarm fires. The Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary in Bac Lieu Province faces a fourth-alarm fire.
The provincial sub-departments of forest protection in co-operation with localities and forest owners have implemented several measures to prevent forest fires.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Experts urge farmers to use rice by-products
Farmers could increase their income in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta significantly by using rice by-products such as straw, experts said at a seminar held in Can Tho on Tuesday. Many farmers burn straw after harvesting rice.
One hectare of rice produces about six tonnes of straws a year. If the delta farmers used all of the straw to grow mushrooms for export, they could earn about US$3 million every year, according to Pham Van Tan of the Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Post Harvest Technology. The straw could then later be used as an organic fertiliser, he said.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
HCM City to resolve 61 flooded sites
HCM City authorities this year aim to resolve 61 of 68 flooded spots, caused mostly by climate change and rains, according to the city's Steering Centre of the Urban Flood Control Programme. The construction of the Tan Hoa – Lo Gom Canal project, which will be completed in April, has contributed to increase flooding. The city is also building sewage systems in some areas.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
VN needs 1.5 million tonnes of salt this year
Viet Nam will need about 1.5 million tonnes of table salt and salt for agricultural and industrial production, according to the Department of Processing and Trade for Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Products and Salt Production.
Stocks of salt of both kinds are currently registered at 1.2 million tonnes. The expected shortage this year will mostly be high-quality refined salt used for industrial production.
Despite a long coastline and high potential for salt production, Viet Nam usually has a surplus of crude salt and a shortage of refined salt due to a lack of facilities, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)