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Sugarcane farmers bitter as yields, prices crash

 VietNamNet Bridge – For sugarcane farmers in the central and southern regions it has been a double whammy as bad weather and diseases first hit their crop and then low prices reduced their incomes.

Who benefits from Gov't's rice stockpiling plan?

 VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese enterprises started buying one tonne of rice each in March for temporary storage in the Mekong Delta,

Farmers using river water polluted by cassava factories

 VietNamNet Bridge – Farmers in Dak To District's Tan Canh Commune claim they are forced to use polluted water pumped from the Poko River to water their coffee bushes.

Vinh Long farmers expect bumper vegetables Tet crop

Farmers in Vinh Long, one of the main vegetable growing provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, are busy planting crops ahead of Tet (Lunar New Year) next month and expecting a good harvest.

Thailand impeaches Yingluck Shinawatra over rice scheme

 Thai authorities have banned former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office for five years and launched a legal case that could see her jailed.

Alien species pose threat to Vietnamese wildlife

 VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam must improve its ability to control invasive alien species (IAS), participants said at a workshop on Wednesday in Ha Noi.

Insurance still out of reach for many

VietNamNet Bridge – A health insurance law passed in early 2012 told the State to pay 30 per cent of health insurance card costs for farmers, fishermen and salt workers within a certain income range, but its implementation has been slowed down

Vietnam touted as top agricultural producer but farmers still poor

 VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam is a top global producer of many agricultural products, but the farmers don’t pocket as much money as people think.

Farmers unhappy with MARD’s rice-production restructuring strategy

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has set high goals when drafting the rice-production restructuring strategy, which Vietnamese farmers have found “unfeasible” and “unrealistic”.  

Farmers ignore shrimp warning

 VietNamNet Bridge – Farmers in Bac Lieu Province are expanding their white-legged shrimp ponds in unzoned areas despite warnings from local authorities that it could damage the environment and cause outbreaks of disease.

Farmers need better machines

 VietNamNet Bridge – The support industry for building agricultural machines is lacking, head of CIEM's Research Department for Rural Development Luu Duc Khai told Nong thon ngay nay (Countryside Today) newspaper.

Farmers brew sweet success from rare tea

 VietNamNet Bridge – Sweetness supersedes and quickly removes any bitterness from the tea, a specialty from the mountainous province of Yen Bai in northern Viet Nam, that Nguyen Thanh Hai sips.

Delta farmers enjoy biggest catch of the year

VietNamNet Bridge – With the coming of the annual floods, residents in the Mekong Delta are usually able to catch more fish and collect aquatic species like lotuses and lilies. This year has been no exception,

Foreign tourists spellbound by Vietnam’s rice fields

 VietNamNet Bridge – April is the harvest season for the rice fields of central Vietnam. And thousands of foreign tourists come to explore the countryside and Vietnam’s wet rice culture.

Finding a fair deal for farmers

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has resolved to improve farmers' livelihoods, Minister Cao Duc Phat told Countryside Today Newspaper.

Regions prepare for season of harsh weather conditions

 VietNamNet Bridge – The central region's farms and households are facing a severe water shortage because of prolonged heat spells and a lack of rain.

Agriculture must remain the economic backbone

 VietNamNet Bridge – The National Assembly (NA) should adopt a resolution on the development of agriculture, said Vo Thi Dung, an agriculture expert and NA deputy. She spoke with Nong thon Ngay nay (Countryside Today)

Biogas projects reduce carbon emissions

Hundreds of households in the southern city of Can Tho profit not only by converting animal waste to fuel for lighting purposes and cooking but also by contributing to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sell carbon credits.

Restructuring necessary to help farmers enjoy better livelihoods

 VietNamNet Bridge – The key objective of restructuring the agriculture sector is to raise the income of 15 million farmers, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat told Viet Nam Economics Times.

Price falls hit rice farmers despite stockpiling scheme

 VietNamNet Bridge – Farmers bemoan they have not benefited from the nation’s one-million-ton rice stockpiling scheme for the winter-spring crop in 2013-2014 as prices are still edging down even though the scheme still has more than one week to go.