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Accordingly, Ca Mau was the leading province in shrimp exports. The provincial Department of Industry and Trade said that the export turnover of aquatic products, mainly shrimps, in the province in the first quarter of this year hit US$163 million, accounting for 15 percent of the plan, up 6 percent year-on-year. In Bac Lieu Province, the total seafood exports in Q1 were estimated at $163 million, achieving 18 percent of the plan, up 8 percent year-on-year. Of which, frozen shrimps reached $160 million, an increase of 8 percent compared to the same period last year. Similarly, some key shrimp-exporting provinces in the Mekong Delta, namely Soc Trang and Kien Giang, also saw positive growth.

The departments of Industry and Trade of Mekong Delta provinces said that export turnover in Q1 increased compared to the same period last year, thanks to impacts of the advantages of free trade agreements that Vietnam has signed with other countries in the world. Therefore, shrimp exports to these markets rose sharply. Especially, shrimp export turnover of Ca Mau into the European market jumped by 154 percent; that into Canada edged up by nearly 15 percent; that into Australia surged by nearly 41 percent; that into Switzerland rocketed by 568 percent.

Besides the improved shrimp exports, the prices of raw shrimps have also been at fairly high levels so farmers are extremely excited. According to statistics of Ca Mau Province, tiger shrimps sized 12 pcs per kilogram fetched VND210,000-VND220,000 per kilogram; white-leg shrimps sized 100 pcs per kilogram raised in plastic-lined ponds were sold at VND103,000-VND113,000 per kilogram while those raised in conventional ponds were sold at VND101,000-VND111,000 per kilogram.

Vietnam aims to become world leading forest product trading centre

The Prime Minister has recently approved the Vietnam Forestry Development Strategy for the 2021-2030 period with a vision to 2050, said the Nhan Dan newspaper.


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The strategy targets that by 2050 the forestry sector will truly become a modern, effective and highly competitive economic - technical branch; bring into full play the potentials and advantages of tropical forest resources with modern and environmentally friendly technology; and create diversified products and services with high added value while deeply participating in global value supply chains, thus contributing further to the sustainable development of the country.

In terms of economics, the strategy aims to develop forestry in a sustainable manner, bring into full play the potentials and advantages of tropical forest resources, striving to become one of the leading centres of forest production, processing and trade in the world while making an increasing contribution to the country’s socio-economic development.

Regarding society, the forestry sector will make an important contribution to building a safe and prosperous country; green economy development will be associated with forest resources, preserving the traditional cultural identities and living spaces of ethnic minorities; and firmly maintaining national defence and security.

In regards of the environment, attention will be paid to sustainable forest management and long-term conservation of natural resources and biodiversity; ensuring environmental security, water source security, minimising land degradation and negative impacts of natural disasters, proactively responding to climate change, and providing forest environment services; and participating in an active and responsible manner and fully implementing the signed international commitments.

In order to achieve the above objectives, specific solutions have been outlined such as reviewing and completing the forestry policy system on the basis of the Law on Forestry in 2017; reforming mechanisms and policies to mobilise diversified resources for forestry development in general and forestry development in association with sustainable poverty reduction in extremely difficult areas with abundant forests; and enhancing legal education on forest protection and development and raising people’s awareness on forest protection, among others.

Phan Thiet Airport starts its construction

Phan Thiet Airport in the south central coastal province of Binh Thuan started its construction.

In accordance with the aviation transport development plan until 2020, with a view to 2030, Phan Thiet will be an aerodrome with a reference code 4E, which will be used for military and civil purposes, said the Vietnam News Agency.

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It will receive international flights with a runway and a terminal having a design capacity of 2 million passengers per year, along with serving military and national defence purposes, contributing to the socio-economic development of the province and the region at large.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Defence Sen. Lieu. Gen Tran Don asked the Air Defence - Air Force to ensure progress and quality of the construction and devise measures to implement tasks synchronously, firstly in unexploded ordnance disposal and land clearance.

Agencies under the Ministry of Defence are responsible for steering the Air Defence - Air Force in the implementation of the project./.

Compiled by BTA