Young people in HCM City take part in a project to plant trees in Đắk Nông Province. — Photo sggp.org.vn HCM CITY — Tree-planting projects to protect the environment have become increasingly popular among young people from HCM City. Their projects have not only contributed to increasing forest coverage on barren hills but also brought economic benefits to local people. The project 'Garden-Forest' was launched by JOY (Journey Of Youth) - a volunteer group in collaboration with the group named 'Planting one million trees per year' and Bù Gia Mập National Park to plant trees on farmers' land in Central Highlands provinces. The volunteers have also worked with agricultural experts to teach organic farming techniques to farmers, helping them have a stable income. Before planting trees, the young people studied the local climate and soil to choose suitable trees and lived with the farmers to understand the steps … [Read more...] about Young people join hands to keep Central Highlands green
A pig farming household in HCM City’s Củ Chi District. – VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Anh HCM CITY — HCM City plans to move its pig farming industry away from breeding for pork and increase the number of pigs raised for breeding purposes in the next five years. It will develop nuclear farms for producing high-quality piglets for supply to farmers in the city and elsewhere. It will seek to expand household pig farms into large–scale farms that breed operate on an industrial scale, use high–tech breeding techniques to ensure safety and achieve Vietnamese good agricultural practices (VietGAP) standards. It has 2,280 pig farming establishments with more than 200,000 head. It plans to sustain this size until 2025. Most of the farms are in the five outlying districts of Củ Chi, Hóc Môn, Bình Chánh, Cần Giờ, and Nhà Bè. The number of farms that do not comply with safety standards, especially … [Read more...] about HCM City to switch from pork production to pig breeding
Medical officials perform the COVID-19 tests. — VNA/VNS Photo HCM CITY — HCM City authorities have ordered all non-essential services and entertainment, cultural and sports activities to be suspended from noon on Tuesday amid continuing COVID-19 transmission. All beer clubs, pubs, karaoke parlours, bars, discotheques, beauty salons, massage parlours, saunas, gymnasiums, cinemas, theatres, and gaming and wedding facilities will remain closed until further notice. Religious events with 20 or more people gathering has been banned. The chairman of the city People’s Committee, Nguyễn Thành Phong, made the announcement following a meeting with the city Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Monday. Those offering essential goods, petrol stations, pharmacies, and healthcare facilities can remain open but need to fully comply with the Ministry of Health’s pandemic preventive measures. The Nguyễn … [Read more...] about HCM City orders closure of non-essential services, amusement places amid rising Covid transmission
People visit a trade fair displaying One Commune, One Product (OCOP) Products and other specialties of southern provinces held in Hà Nội late in December last year. VNA/VNS Photo Phương Anh Tố Như HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội authorities plan to accelerate trade promotion to drive 'One Commune, One Product' (OCOP) product consumption domestically and for export, said Chu Phú Mỹ, Director of Hà Nội Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He said doing so would be vital to improving the lives of rural people. Đỗ Thị Kinh Thông, director of Kim Thông Trade, service, tourism, import and export Cooperative, said in the past, few people knew about the co-operative’s products. However, after being certified for OCOP and supported by authorities in terms of communication work, they have won the trust of many consumers who are willing to use the products. “When our new products are brought to the market, authorities support the co-operative to introduce them at conferences … [Read more...] about Hà Nội boosts ‘One Commune, One Product’ programme
Gold is expected to rise back to over $2,000/ounce levels in 2021. — VNS Photo Hồ Hoàng By Ly Ly Cao HÀ NỘI — With uncertainties caused by COVID-19 persisting, gold, stocks, and real estate are promising investments for Vietnamese investors in 2021. Gold is still a safe heaven The price of gold in international markets has been on a downward trend since the second half of last year as many investors have turned to the US dollar as a new safe haven and COVID-19 vaccines are developed and manufactured. However, the gold price is expected to bounce back to US$2,000/ounce in 2021, so the precious metal is still a good investment for idle money. The successful trials of COVID-19 vaccines have taken away some of gold’s appeal, but the rapid spread of new variants of coronavirus, which have been found in Việt Nam recently, and prospects of more stimulus packages from central banks and governments to kick-start economies after the health crisis will support the … [Read more...] about What to invest in this year?