Vietnam exports first batch of processed bamboo shoots to Netherlands

Friday, 03/12/2021 16:44
Kim Boi Joint Stock Company’s first batch of processed bamboo shoots weighing 28 tonnes, along with 11 other products, has been exported to the Dutch market.

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These products have all been manufactured through stringent procedures from preliminary processing, boiling, and sterilisation. They have been packaged in line with export standards set by Herman Company of the Netherlands, the foreign importer, according to the Voice of Vietnam.

Most notably, the packaging of these products has been carried out in line with the requirements set out by the European Union, meeting the bloc’s food safety standards.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Kim Boi has exported dozens of containers of roughly 300 tonnes of processed bamboo shoots to Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Australia since the beginning of the year.

Loading processed bamboo shoots onto containers for export to the Netherlands. (Photo: NDO)

Ngo Duc Sinh, general director of Kim Boi, said the firm will continue to export an additional 100 tonnes of processed bamboo shoots between now and the end of the year.

The province's agricultural sector has exported several farm products to the European market.

High-school students in Hanoi to be back to school from December 6

Students at senior high schools in Hanoi will return to school from December 6 after a long period of online learning due to COVID-19 impacts.

Under a document signed by Vice Chairman of the city People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung on December 2, the committee agreed with the municipal Department of Education and Training's proposal to allow students in senior high schools (from 10th to 12th grades), vocational training facilities and centres for continuing education in 30 districts and wards without any new COVID-19 infections for two weeks by November 30 to resume direct learning, said the Vietnam News Agency.

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Students from first to eighth grades will continue to learn online, and children at pre-school age will stay at home.

Schools are requested to implement pandemic prevention and control measures in line with guidelines given by the Departments of Health and Education and Training. Students will only attend direct classes for half a day. School canteens are not allowed to operate.

The Steering Committees on COVID-19 Prevention and Control at district, ward and town level will consider the adjustments and suspension of direct learning if necessary.

Results of the scheme will be reported to the city People’s Committee to serve as foundation for the design of a future roadmap to get students back to school in a safe manner.

Flexible combination of online and direct learning will be implemented in localities with different pandemic levels.

Earlier on November 8, the capital city allowed ninth graders in 18 districts and towns to return to schools for direct learning.

Agricultural sector’s annual export target completed in November

Vietnam raked in US$43.5 billion from exporting agricultural products during the past 11 months of the year, representing a rise of 14.2% on-year and fulfilling the export target for the whole year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

November alone witnessed agro-forestry-fishery exports reach US$4.2 billion, a year-on-year rise of 8.9% and up 5.8% from the previous month.

The MARD points out that despite experiencing a recent decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the export turnover of the majority of key commodity groups increased sharply by the end of November.

Specifically, forestry, seafood, and livestock exports surged by 20.9%, 3.5%, and 4% to US$14.3 billion, US$7.9 billion, and US$393 million, respectively, while the group of production inputs fetched over US$1.5 billion in revenue, a rise of 25.9% against the same period from last year.

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Furthermore, the export prices of pepper and rice inched up 54.4% and 6.5%, respectively, while coffee, rubber, and cassava prices also edged up 10.5%, 25.8%, and 13.5%, respectively.

The United States, China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea remain the four largest consumers of Vietnamese agricultural exports.

Notably, farm produce exports to the US reached over US$11.9 billion, accounting for 27.5% of the overall market share, while exports to the Chinese market hit nearly US$8.4 billion, duly making up 19.2% of market share.

The country spent approximately US$39.2 billion on importing agro-forestry-fishery products in the opening 11 months of the year, a boost of 39% compared to last year’s corresponding period.

The US continues to be the largest provider of agricultural products to the Vietnamese market, with turnover recording nearly US$3.5 billion, of which cotton products account for 35.5% of total export value.

Vietnam – Russia direct flights to be launched in 2021

Vietnamese budget airline Vietjet Air will launch direct services between three Vietnamese cities and the Russian capital city of Moscow from mid-2022, its first-ever direct flights to Europe.

Accordingly, the flights will connect Moscow with Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang, using Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

There will be two flights per week between Hanoi and Moscow every Wednesday and Sunday, starting from July 3. Meanwhile, passengers on the Ho Chi Minh City-Moscow flights will transit in Hanoi, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

The Nha Trang-Moscow flights are set to be conducted every Monday and Friday as from July 10.

An airport of Russia (Photo: VOV)

Vietjet’s Managing Director Dinh Viet Phuong said Vietjet stands ready for international air routes, noting that the flights to Russia demonstrate the carrier’s commitments to its products and services.

Vietjet has a comprehensive flight network in Vietnam and across Asia Pacific. Weathering through the pandemic, the airline has resumed its domestic flight network and operated a series of international flights from and to Vietnam while looking to further expand operations across continents in the near future. Vietjet operates a new, modern, and fuel-efficient fleet with technical reliability rated among top operators in the region and the world.

Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. As Vietnam’s largest private carrier, the airline was awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars in 2018 and 2019 by the world’s only safety and product rating website and listed as one of the world's 50 best airlines for healthy financing and operations by Airfinance Journal in 2018 and 2019. The airline has also been named as Best Low-Cost Carrier by renowned organizations such as Skytrax, CAPA, Airline Ratings, and many others./.

Compiled by BTA