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Discussion with USDA on Catfish inspection program

   3/9/2016

Vietnamese inter-ministerial delegationis working with USDA (Photo: ICD/MARD)

In Mid-February 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development(MARD)establishedan inter-ministerial delegation ledby Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentVu Van Tam to work with the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA),U.STrade Representative (USTR), senior adviser of parliamentarians of the Senate and House of Representatives, relevant U.S organizations and individuals; At the same time, MARD alsoestablishedtechnical groups to discuss in detail and clarifiedthedifferentissues in interpretation, application and preparation of VietNam to meet the new requirements in the final rule(*)  to obtain theequivalent determination from the U.S.

At the meeting, Viet Nam delegation expressed concern about the application of the final rule could disrupt trade and affect the lives and work of millions of farmers, Vietnamese processing and export businesses, American import businesses and consumers, and at the same time,  may affect agricultural trade relations between the two countries.

Viet Nam delegation suggested the US to provide technical assistance and create favorable conditions for Viet Nam to meet the requirements of the final rule, together with a request to extend the transitional period. Viet Nam delegation also informed that the recent issued inspection provisions on catfish of the U.S were inconsistent with the provisions of the Codex on seafood production and processing. Those were not necessary for the Vietnamese catfish which has been presenting in the US market for almost 20 years and already gained US consumers’ trust in food safety. This could be seen as trade barriers to limit the export of Vietnamese catfish to the U.S market and violation of WTO rules and commitments in the TPP. If the export of Vietnamese catfish to the US market is affected, Vietnam may consider the possibility to sue the U.S at the WTO, though this will be the last resort since Vietnam still expects the U.S to review and repeal the implementation of this final rule.

At the working session, U.S Department of Agriculture committed to not interrupt the catfish exporting process from Vietnam to the U.S market and showed goodwill towards expecting both sides to strengthen the cooperation in the implementation process of the final rule. At first, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will send a team of technicians to Viet Nam from 24th to 26th February 2016 to further clarify the function of regulations and provide satisfactory answers to those questions given by Viet Nam. Besides, the two sides will also discuss about the specific content of the technical assistance program to help Viet Nam soon be equivalently recognized by the U.S catfish monitoring system so that the catfish exporting process to the U.S won’t be interrupted. In April 2016, USDA is expected to coordinate with MARD to organize an international conference on the catfish inspection program in Ho Chi Minh City for the representatives of 17 countries which are currently exporting catfish to the U.S and are affected by this final rule.

(*)On 4th December 2015, USDA issued the final rule on the inspection Siluriformes fish (including shark catfish and basa fish), which applies to all countries which are exporting catfish to U.S market. This final rule took effect since 1st March 2016, with 18-month transitional period (until 31st August 2017). It requires the catfish exporting countries to adjust their domestic production system to be suitable with the new rule of the U.S to be able to apply for equivalent determination and maintain the catfish exporting process in the U.S market. Due to the different level in production condition and development between Viet Nam and the U.S, it will be very difficult for Viet Nam to follow this final rule within 18-month transitional period. This may cause interruption in catfish trade industry from Viet Nam to the U.S market with the current average turnover about US$ 340 million per year, affecting millions of Vietnamese catfish farmers and export enterprises.

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One Health Partnership for Zoonosis launched

   3/8/2016

TheMinistry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other relevant agencies, organized the Launching meeting and signing ceremony for the Partnership Framework of the Viet Nam One Health Partnershipfor Zoonosis(OHP)in the morning of 1st March 2016 in Ha Noi.


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   3/7/2016

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   3/3/2016

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   3/2/2016

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   2/15/2016

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   2/2/2016

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   1/6/2016

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   12/29/2015

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3rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management and Related Conferences

   12/29/2015

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Ten agricultural achievements in 2010-2015

   12/15/2015

n 14th November 1945, President Ho Chi Minh signed the Decree on establishing the Ministry of Agriculture (now called the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development-MARD). After 70 years of building and development, Vietnamese agriculture has got many brilliant achievements, which helped change the position of the farmers from poor employees into land owners who could apply science and technology and produce products efficiently.


France supports Viet Nam in building geographical indication system

   12/14/2015

The total budget for the supporting project on the development of geographical indications in Viet Nam funded by French Development Agency (AFD) is US$1.3 million, of which AFD contributes US$1,097,400 million, and the rest is sourced from the Vietnamese government’s counterpart funding.

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WB supports $200 million for Viet Namese environment

   12/11/2015

More than 5 million people living in the poorest rural and mountainous areas of Viet Nam are expected to benefit from improved access to sanitation and water supply due to the $200 million-worth credit recently approved by the World Bank (WB). The $200 million credit was approved and provided by the International Development Association (IDA), World Bank with the most preferential level. The Government of Viet Nam will provide an additional $25.5 million to finance the project.


Viet Nam joins the 3rd APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry

   12/11/2015

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   12/10/2015

Promoting cooperation and replicating the smart agriculture for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) are the main contents discussed at the Viet Nam – Netherlands Roundtable on CSA: “Green Growth and combat food waste” between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Economy of the Netherlands.

In 2013, Vietnam along with the Netherlands, South Africa and the US proposed the establishment of the Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), which was introduced to public at a session of the UN Summit on climate change in New York in September 2014.


2 more priority projects under Climate change support program

   12/8/2015

The Prime Minister agreed to add 2 projects in Ninh Thuan and Nghe An into the list of priority projects under the Support Program on Response to Climate change.


Viet Nam commits to cut greenhouse gases 8% by 2030

   12/4/2015

Using national resources, Viet Nam has committed itself to an 8% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to a “business-as-usual” scenario. This could increase to 25% on condition of international support. This commitment is in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) of Viet Nam.


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   12/3/2015

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Food Safety Forum: Viet Nam – Australia 2015

   12/2/2015

“The Food Safety Forum Viet Nam Australia 2015” was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Embassy of Australia in Viet Nam on 11th November 2015 in Ha Noi. The forum was an opportunity for the Vietnamese and Australian participants to learn and share information about the management process of food safety in two countries; find out the challenges in applying the food safety systems, technologies and processes; share practical experiences on food safety; identify areas for future cooperation to build capacity for food and agriculture sector in Viet Nam.


Viet Nam and Middle East-Africa boost economic cooperation

   10/22/2015

International Conference on “Prospects for economic cooperation between Viet Nam and Middle East and African nations” aimed to create a forum for exchanging experiences and specific measures to promote cooperation between Viet Nam and other countries in this region in the fields of trade, investment, labor... This conference was also considered a basis to prepare the cooperation policy between Viet Nam and Middle East - Africa nations in the near future.


Public-Private Partnerships: Key to fostering rice sector

   10/19/2015

The ASEAN Rice Future Forum, organized by Bayer CropScience, in partnership with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Vietnam Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD), aimed to discuss how public-private and value chain partnerships are essential in encouraging the adoption of farming technologies, and thus, improving food security.


Viet Nam – Japan Economic Forum 2015

   10/19/2015

With the theme "Strengthening Vietnam - Japan Cooperation - Towards International Economic Integration", the Vietnam - Japan Economic Forum (VJEF 2015) and organized by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in cooperation with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the forum attracted around 300 delegates, who are mainly government officials, economists, business leaders and media agencies from the two countries. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai attended and gave a direction speech.


Breaking the bonds of rural poverty, once and for all

   10/14/2015

With the theme of “Social Protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”, the official ceremony of the World Food Day 2015 will take place in Expo Milano 2015. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will attend this event.


Viet Nam, New Zealand cooperate in food value chain development

   10/14/2015

The Seminar on “The development of sustainable food value chains – from local creation to global consumption” was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and New Zealand Government to Government (G2G) Partnerships Limited.


Science and technology application supported for rural and mountainous areas

   10/14/2015

The Prime Minister has approved the program on “Supporting scientific and technological application in rural and mountainous areas during the period 2016 - 2025”.


Basic contents of TPP Agreement

   10/13/2015

On 5th October, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries, including Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Viet Nam, announced conclusion of their negotiations.  

TPP will help Viet Nam expand the potential for cooperation and deepen the relations between Viet Nam and global and regional leading partners.


Prime Minister directs to enhance agricultural restructuring

   10/13/2015

Directive No. 26/CT-TTg dated 6th October 2015 by the Prime Minister on promoting the implementation of the agricultural restructuring project in order to create a visible change in the implementation of the restructuring according to the contents and measures in the overall project and 12 thematic projects and plans in the fields and sectors which have been issued.


TPP agreement completed – Advantages and Challenges of Viet Nam

   10/13/2015

In an interview granted to the Viet Nam News Agency following the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang had some comments on the advantages and challenges that Viet Nam would face when participating in the agreement. The summary of Minister Hoang’s answers is as follows.


UN supports to improve food security and nutrition for children and vulnerable group in Viet Nam

   10/12/2015

The project on “Integrated nutrition and food security strategies for children and vulnerable group in Viet Nam” by Viet Nam Government and United Nations (UN) aims towards the most disadvantaged ethnic minorities, those living in poverty and seek to reduce inequity gaps with a goal to improve the nutritional status of more than 36 million women of reproductive age and 7.1 million boys and girls under five in Viet Nam.


Mr. Parameswaran Iyer awarded Campaign medal “For Agricultural and Rural Development”

   10/12/2015

On 5th October 2015, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural development (MARD) signed the Decision on awarding the campaign medal “For Agricultural and Rural Development” to Mr. Parameswaran Iyer, Former Program Leader overseeing the Water, Urban, Energy, Environment and Transport sectors of World Bank (WB) in Viet Nam for his efforts and contributions to the Viet Nam’s agricultural and rural development.

This medal represents a great appreciation of MARD on significant contributions and close cooperation of Mr. Parameswaran Iyer to Viet Nam’s Agriculture and Rural development sector in during his working term in this country since 2012-2015


OECD hails Viet Nam’s impressively agriculture reform

   10/12/2015

On 30th September 2015 in Ha Noi, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) held a workshop on “OECD Review on Agricultural Policies in Viet Nam”. The worshop’s presentations and discussions mainly focused on “improving the investment environment and enhancing the efficiency of agricultural policy implementation”.


Strategy for International Economic Integration for Agriculture and Rural Development sector up to 2030

   10/12/2015

The Prime Minister has approved the “Strategy for International Economic Integration for Agriculture and Rural Development sector up to 2030”with a common objective: to promote the comprehensive role of international economic integration to create good environment, increase resources, expand markets for efficient and sustainable agricultural development in Viet Nam whereas job creation and people's income improvement are assured.


Policies support salt production and trade

   10/9/2015

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed a Decree draft on salt production and trading in order to protect and develop this sector.

According to the draft, salt producing and processing is special prior field for investment for both industrial salt handicraft salt productions.


The 9th APEC Senior Disaster Management Officials’ Forum in Iloilo, Philippines

   10/7/2015

The 9th Senior Disaster Management Officials’ Forum (SDMOF) of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC), with the theme of Whole-of-Economy Approach: A Paradigm Shift to Adapt to the “New Normal” aims for building the “APEC Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction” to create new collaboration opportunities in the implementation of internal plans. The Framework will be presented to the APEC Ministerial Meeting for consideration and decision.


USAID provides Viet Nam financial and technical support to prevent pandemic threats for human and animal

   10/7/2015

A signing ceremony to celebrate the commencement of the project “Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT2): Risk Mitigation and Management of Human Health Threats along Animal Value Chains” is taking place in Hanoi with the presence of FAO Viet Nam, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and USAID Viet Nam. The Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) Programme within FAO Viet Nam will support MARD, specifically with the Departments of Animal Health (DAH), Livestock Production (DLP), National Agriculture Extention Centre (NAEC) and CITES Management Authority of the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry to implement this new project.


UN supports Viet Nam to build the National Zero Hunger Challenge by 2025

   10/7/2015

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to hold a consultation workshop in Ha Noi to get comments on the draft of the National Action Plan to achieve Zero Hunger by 2025.


Durban Declaration on “Vision 2050 for forests and forestry”

   10/6/2015

The theme of WFC 14 was “Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future”, showed that investing in forests is investing in our people to get a result as investing in sustainable development. WFC’s outcome is the Durban declaration on “Vision 2050 for forests and forestry” with 3 main points:  (1) forest doesn’t only provide wood forest but also is the basis for food security and livelihood improvement; (2) forest should be managed by general land use method; and (3) forest is vital solution for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change.


PPP in agriculture sector applied

   10/6/2015

On 4th September 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development (MARD) issued the Document No. 7256/TB-BNN-VP on announcing the direction of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat on the application of PPP projects in the agriculture sector.

The Minister decided to pilot 6 projects which are able to be directly supported by the State budget when private sector invests in.


Low-carbon rice farming experiences sharing in Viet Nam and GMS Countries

   10/2/2015

Following the Framework for the GMS agriculture cooperation is guided by the Core Agriculture Support Program Phase 2 (CASP 2), ICD-MARD in collaboration with the DARD in Thai Nguyen, organized the workshop on “Low-carbon rice farming experiences in Viet Nam and GMS Countries” on 20th 23rd September 2015, in Thai Nguyen province and the Farmer field day on “SRI farming” in Bao Cuong commune, Dinh Hoa, Thai Nguyen.


Seek for agricultural development solution in Southeast Asia

   10/2/2015

The Roundtable on Inclusive Agribusiness in Southeast Asia was built through the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Grow Asia initiative through strengthening the connection between the existing networks, sharing knowledge, encouraging new cooperation and research, finding creative and practical solutions to deal with the challenges faced by the Agribusiness enterprises in Southeast Asia (including farmer households and small-scale enterprises).


Mr. OKIURA Fumihiko - JICA Vice Chief Representative in Viet Nam awarded Campaign medal “For agricultural and rural development”

   9/30/2015

On 11th September 2015, Minister of Agriculture and Rural development signed the Decision on awarding the campaign medal “For agricultural and rural development” to Mr. OKIURA Fumihiko, JICA Vice Chief Representative in Viet Nam for his efforts and contributions to the Viet Nam’s agricultural and rural development.


Viet Nam ranked 31st for CO2 emissions

   9/29/2015

At the Conference, Mr Pham Van Tan, Deputy Director of Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate change (MONRE), Deputy Head of the Standing board of Vietnam’s Climate change Negotiation group said: Viet Nam is currently ranked 31st for total CO2 emissions which severely affect the poor people of the country.


Public-private partnership promoted to develop fisheries sector

   9/10/2015

Initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Directorate of Fisheries, the agreement was co-founded by the German International Co-operation Agency (GIZ), Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), Viet Nam Institute of Fisheries Economics and Planning (VIFEF), Viet Nam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS), World Wide Fund for Nature Viet Nam (WWF Viet Nam) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


Viet Nam targets $300 billion export turnover by 2020

   9/4/2015

The project on the development of regional markets in the 2015-2020 period with a vision towards 2030 has been approved by the Prime Minister in the Decision No. 1467/QD-TTg on 24th August 2015. Accordingly, Vietnam aims to reach 300 billion USD in export turnover by 2020 with an annual average export growth rate of 11% to 12% over the 2015-2020 period. Depending on export characteristics and situations in each market, the specific export targets are determined as follows: United States and Spain are approximately $60 billion, Europe is also about $60 billion, Southeast Asia is about 30 billion US dollars, and West Asia is about $18 billion, etc...


Venezuela and Vietnam sign agreement on boosting agricultural cooperation

   9/4/2015

Coming at Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros and his spouse paid an official visit to Viet Nam from 30th to 31st August in order to further strengthen the friendship and comprehensive partnership between the two countries. Strengthening agricultural cooperation was one of the focuses in President N. Maduro’s first visit to Viet Nam since he took office in April 2013.


Vietnam rubber latex processing plant inaugurated in Cambodia

   9/4/2015

In the morning of August 26th 2015, a rubber latex processing plant of the Tan Bien-Kampong Thom Development Company was formally inaugurated in Kampong Thom province, Cambodia.


5-year implementation results of support policy on agricultural loss reduction

   8/31/2015

Almost the last 5 years of implementing Resolution 48/NQ-CP dated 23/9/2009 and Decision 68/2013/QĐ-TTg, it shows significant results of the implementation through the enhanced introduction of agricultural mechanization, particularly in the fields of rice cultivation and harvest. This outcome has been contributed to the change of rural society, motivating people to make investment in agricultural equipment and machinery for further development of production activities, preservation and processing of agricultural, forestry and fishery products, upgrading equipment and technology.


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