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Vietnam weekly summary (January 27, 2020 – February 2, 2020)

Livestock:

For many years, Rach Ngay Hamlet (Trung Hiep Commune, Vung Liem, Vinh Long Province) is known as a place where many households raise backyard chickens.

The hamlet has formed a well-established production cooperation group to ensure food supply chain linkage, stable consumption and a source of income for local farmers.

The total of chicken farmed in each period can be up to 100,000. Normally, chicken is raised for 3.5 months. When it reaches about 1.7 kilograms, chicken can be slaughtered for sale. The cost of feed for a flock of 1,000 chicken is about VND55 million. To raise chicken in garden effectively, farmers need to master the farming technique, provide vaccination sufficiently and feed them with proper nutrition.

Plantation:

After 25 years of researching, Pham Van Nhut, living in Phong My Commune, Giong Trom District, Ben Tre Province, has successfully hybridized 10 rice varieties, including purple rice from Japan.

He said that purple rice can be grown with organic methods for three crops a year, with each crop of three months.

Last year, 3 hectares of his organic purple rice was all pre-ordered by traders before harvest. Pham expects to expand this year’s crop to an area of 5 hectares. He is now working with other local farmers to expand the total material area to 25 hectares.

Pham was honored as “The farmer who selects the best rice varieties and conserves biodiversity” in the period of 2010 to 2015.

Fruits:

Many people are surprised with rambutan orchards of red and delicious fruits in Quang Tri Province. The area has been known to be a land not for growing rambutan.

Smart and daring farmers have brought Thai and southern rambutan varieties to grow in Quang Tri Province many years ago. As of today, this sweet fruit ripens in this region right on the occasion of the traditional Lunar New Year with high selling prices.

Rambutan trees are very suitable for the soil and climate of western communes in Gio Linh District. This year, rambutan crops ripe early. Despite that high selling prices, there are not enough to meet the needs of consumers during the Lunar New Year. The model of growing rambutan for family economic development has been a success in Quang Tri Province.

Farmers, Agriculture, Countryside:

Agricultural and aquatic products are traditional Vietnamese products for export to China. They account for a large proportion (about 20%) of the total export turnover to this market.

China is also the largest agricultural and aquatic consumer market of Vietnam, accounting for an average of about 27% of Vietnam’s total agricultural and aquatic export to the world. In particular, there are many items with large turnover such as vegetables, cashews, coffee, rice, cassava as well as products from cassava, rubber and aquatic products.

The Import and Export Department of Vietnam recommends that if the coronavirus epidemic is prolonged, the traffic at border gates between Vietnam and China is limited. Therefore, import and export through borders to China will be significantly affected.

Living and Environment:

In recent days, tourists visiting Long Khanh beach (Long Khanh A Commune, Hong Ngu District, Dong Thap Province) are especially interested in having the opportunity to watch a “huge” flight of swallows. The flight might have tens of thousands of swallows residing in local residents’ houses.

According to people working for tourism at the beach, this flight of swallows began to reside in this place for more than 6 months. However, on days near the Lunar New Year, the number of swallows has increased sharply.

Around 18:00 every day, this “giant” flight of swallow begins to fly, then each lands on a string set by local residents to attract visitors. Many people are excited to see this rare miracle with their own eyes.

Pet, Flowers and Ornamental Plants:

Playing South American iguana is originated from the tropical regions of South America, then entered Thailand. The hobby is now brought to Vietnam. On the outside, iguana might look dangerous, but it is a gentle animal.

From the love for iguana as a “pet” with wild shapes, some young people in An Giang Province have built their own iguana farm to satisfy their passion and develop economy.

Currently, there are people who own about 20 iguanas capable of reproduction. Each year, they give birth to about 600 iguanas providing to many places inside and outside of An Giang Province. Depending on age, color, and shape, each iguana will be varied in prices, from several hundred thousand to tens of millions of Vietnamese dong.

Aquaculture:

My Xuyen District, Soc Trang Province has a special condition: 6 communes in the district have 6 months of saltwater, and 6 months of fresh water. To adapt to this condition, local farmers often utilize saltwater for shrimp farming in the dry season. In the rainy season, when water is coming from upstream, people wash out alum and pump out saline water to cultivate rice. Just like that, the shrimp – rice rotation model in My Xuyen District is stable from year to year.

Specialized shrimp-rice farming area of ​​My Xuyen District has been formed and developed since 20 years ago. Accordingly, about 10,000 hectares are maintained annually by farmers, rearing from 1-2 shrimp crops and rotationally growing one rice crop.

In recent years, shrimp production in My Xuyen District has been constantly increasing. If in 2015, it was just over 30,000 tons of shrimp production, the statistics reached 33,600 tons in 2018. However, the most exciting thing is that the rate of shrimp losses has decreased sharply. With the shrimp crop 2019, only about 8% of the shrimp-farming area was damaged. Thanks to an efficient production, the shrimp-rice model helps improve the ecological environment for shrimp to develop sustainably.

Processing, Import and Export:

In 2019, events where chefs processing Phu Yen wild tuna (Phu Yen tuna) was held at different places and attracted special attention from the public.

The owner of My Way Seafood Restaurant (on Hoang Ngan Street, Hanoi City) first pioneered a culinary performance with a bluefin tuna. The event took place in Hanoi City, which was attended by local residents, international tourists and press.

At the Ho Chi Minh City International Tourism Fair held in October 2019, the PYTOPIA Convention Center and the Phu Yen Tourism Association also jointly organized a show called “Processing Tuna from Phu Yen Province” at the Bui Vien Walking Street.

Most recently, at the Can Tho International Tourism Fair, members of the Phu Yen Tourism Association organized a grand show processing wild tuna in front of thousands of domestic and international tourists. Although fish-processing shows are new, they have attracted a lot of attention from the public and gourmets.

By Sonia LV

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