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 The information was released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Particularly, the price of Vietnam’s 5% broken rice has increased to USD380 per tonne, a record high since December 2018.

According to the MARD, while exports of a number of agricultural products have faced difficulties due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, Vietnamese rice exports have seen sharp increases in both quantity and value.

Agricultural expert Vo Tong Xuan said that Thailand, the second largest rice exporter in the world, is suffering big losses due to saline drought. Rice production in Thailand has decreased by nearly two million tonnes.

Vietnam has also been affected by saline drought but only a small area of about 28,000ha. Thus, Vietnam remains a plentiful supplier of rice.

Mr. Le Thanh Tung, Deputy Director of the MARD’s Department of Crop Production, said that the rice export rise was due to timely supply coinciding with increasing demand in many markets, pushing up domestic prices of rice.

Moreover, Indonesia and the Philippines are facing rice shortages and have had to import a huge volume from Vietnam.

Mr. Xuan also added that the demand for rice reserve is increasing in many countries, particularly China, creating opportunities for Vietnam to boost rice exports./.

Quang Ninh remains safe destination amid COVID-19 outbreak

Quang Ninh is ready to launch a tourism stimulus program to lure a larger number of tourists in the context of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic that has made a negative impact on the local tourism sector.

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Accordingly, the province is going to organize tourism promotion programs nationwide and at international markets such as the Czech Republic and India throughout the year.

In addition, the province will also launch a number of tourism stimulus campaigns in the near future, most prominently the "Safe Trip to Quang Ninh” program.

The tourism industry of the province is seeking to strengthen co-operation ties with major economic groups whilst supporting businesses in implementing the various tourism stimulus packages in the province.

Apart from that, the tourism sector has also launched human resources training courses to strengthen connectivity with tourism partners while organizing cultural, art, and sport events such as the Ha Long carnival and the Ha Long - Quang Ninh Tourism Week 2020.

Despite the complicated development of the COVID-19, the northern province remains a safe, friendly and attractive destination for visitors.

Quang Ninh is striving to attract approximately 3.5 million visitors, including 2 million foreign arrivals, during the course of the year following the implementation of the stimulus package./.

Groundbreaking ceremony of USD213 million wind power plant organized in Soc Trang

The Soc Trang provincial People’s Committee started the construction of Soc Trang wind power plant No.6.

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The plant is built on an area of 7.5 hectares in Vinh Chau Town’s Vinh Hai Commune, with a total capacity of 129 MW.

The first phase of the plant costing VND1.42 trillion (USD61.3 million) with the capacity of 30 MW will be complete in 2021 while the second phase with the capacity of 99 MG will be invested with a total capital of VND3.9 trillion.

According to Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Lam Hoang Nghiep, the plant will contribute to the stabilization of power supply in the Mekong Delta region and the tourism and economic development of the province.

Soc Trang has given priority to call for investment for 21 wind power development projects in the 2017-2020 period./.

Compiled by BTA