Japan invests $1 million in high-tech indoor farm in Ha Nam

16:25 | 09/04/2015

VGP – Japanese group Showa Denko’s general director Daiken Murakami has decided to build a factory producing safe vegetables in the northern province of Ha Nam, with a total investment capital of US$1 million.

At a working session with the provincial People’s Committee on April 8 at which Murakami explained the details of the proposed ‘plant factory’ and introduced the technique of using LED lights for growing vegetables indoors.

The factory, to be built in Duy Tien District’s Dong Van II Industrial Zone, will adopt a cultivation system that uses LED lighting instead of sunlight.

It is expected to be in full operation by the end of the year.

The technique purportedly helps increase the productivity of vegetables by 2.5 times, compared to those grown outdoors in natural light.

Murakami said that Showa Denko has put up dozens of such factories and plans to replicate the model in Viet Nam.

Provincial Party Committee Secretary Mai Tien Dung said the project suits the province’s policy to develop industrialised agriculture.

He affirmed that the province will invest in transport and infrastructure to facilitate the group’s project implementation.

By Vien Nhu

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Mekong Delta's export earnings near US$2.5 bln in Q1

15:29 | 08/04/2015

VGP – The Mekong Delta gained US$2.46 billion from export earnings in the first quarter of 2015, down 1.6% against the same period last year, according to the Southwest Steering Committee.

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The region’s import increased by 6% compared to the same period last year, reaching US$3.71 billion.

Provinces saw high growth in exports such as Tra Vinh up 56.1%, Tien Giang up 22% and An Giang up 12%, attaining US$94.1 million, US$363 million and US$213.5 million, respectively.

Rice, agro-aquatic products, and garments were the main export items of the region.

In 2014, the region’s total export and import were US$10.3 billion and US$4.9 billion, respectively.

By Thuy Dung


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Quang Ninh welcomes over 2.9 million tourists in Q1

16:03 | 07/04/2015

VGP – The northern province of Quang Ninh welcomed more than 2.9 million visitors in the first quarter of this year, according to the  provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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Of the figure, 790,000 came from foreign countries, up 1% compared to the same period last year and more than 850,000 stayed overnight, showing a 3% increase year on year.

Quang Ninh is now carrying out preparatory tasks for a new tourism season with a wide range of attractive activities, such as 2015 Ha Long Carnival Festival, and  Japanese cherry blossom festival.

The province is also doing its utmost to improve its service quality, diversify tourism products, ensure visitors’ safety, and keep prices stable.

By Vien Nhu


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New Mekong Delta highways to cut travel time to HCM City

15:45 | 06/04/2015

VGP – The most important segment of the Mekong Delta highway system, the My Thuan – Can Tho highway, will kick off by the end of the year.

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The highway in the delta will link the region with HCM City and the southern key economic region.

The project has been adjusted from four lanes and 27.5 meters wide at a cost of VND12 trillion (US$564 million) to two lanes and 13.75 meters wide at VND6 trillion (US$282 million).

The project is planned to be built in the fourth quarter this year and will be completed by 2018.

The Ministry of Transport’s No 7 Project Management Unit is also setting up a construction project for No 2 My Thuan bridge, which will allow travel on the Trung Luong – My Thuan highway.

The management unit plans to open the bridge in 2018, along with the Trung Luong – My Thuan highway.

It means that by 2018, along with the 51.5-km Trung Luong – My Thuan highway, which was built in February this year, My Thuan – Can Tho highway will help cut travel time from HCM City to Can Tho to 1 hour and 45 minutes instead of the current four hours.

In addition, in the fourth quarter, the 55-km Lo Te – Rach Soi (from Can Tho to Kien Giang) will start construction.

The Republic of Korea’s government has agreed to sponsor US$200 million for the project. Another US$94 million will be provided by the Vietnamese government.

In the first stage, two lanes will be built but later it will be expanded to a highway.

By 2017, the road will connect with Vam Cong bridge, which links Dong Thap and Can Tho provinces, and Cao Lanh bridge.

When completed, these projects will create the second key road system along with the current National Road No 1./VOV./.

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Vietjet increases HCM City – Bangkok flights

16:32 | 03/04/2015

VGP – Vietjet will increase the current flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok (Thailand) from two to three round trips per day and 7,560 tickets every week will offer guests a more flexible travel schedule starting from May 18, 2015.

The new schedule will now see Vietjet flights departing Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at 08:30am and 02:00pm (VietNam time).

Returning flights will depart from Bangkok every day at 11:30am, 01:50pm and 07:55pm (Bangkok time). The flight duration is around one hours and 30 minutes.

Customers can purchase tickets from April 2 through its website http://www.vietjetair.com/, www.facebook.com/ vietjetairvietnam, hotline:19001886, and its ticket offices nationwide.

As scheduled, Vietjet Air will receive additional aircrafts to meet the increasing travel demand of passengers.

                                                                                                                    By Vien Nhu

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