The Mekong Delta provinces plan to have 20,000- 25,000 more combine harvesters and rice-drying machines by 2020, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Eighty per cent of rice paddy will be harvested by machine.
This year, at least 50 per cent of areas will be harvested by machines. By 2017, 70 modern rice-drying systems with a capacity of 10-30 tonnes per hour will be set up. By the end of the year, food storehouses will be expanded and built more for storage of 10 million of tonnes in the region within six months.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Khanh Hoa orders transparent tour prices
The People's Committee in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa has told tourist companies to publicise their prices. They are required to send their prices to the Department of Finance. The aim is to reduce illegal hikes in prices.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
City calls for radioactive device safety
The HCM City People's Committee has assigned the Department of Science and Technology, under the Ministry of Science and Technology's guidance, to ensure safety of radioactive devices. The department will work with the Department of Information and Communications to set up a hotline (114) to receive information on radiation incidents.
The city has placed positioning devices on 400 pieces of equipment containing radioactive sources. Last September, a radioactive device was lost in HCM City, and then found after a four-day search. Another radioactive device, lost in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, has not been found.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
VFA to inspect trade in food additives
The Viet Nam Food Administration will set up two teams of inspectors to check the trade and import of food additives in provinces and cities, including Ha Noi and HCM City. The two-month inspection will start this month and focus on enterprises that have committed previous violations.
Nguyen Thanh Phong, the administration's head, said that many violators had bought additives used for industrial manufacture such as gypsum or dyeing chemicals for food production. The administration will impose strict punishment on violators.
Lao Dong (Labour)