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Vinamilk inaugurates first organic dairy farm in Vietnam
The construction of the farm began in 2014, covering more than 70 hectares in the Tu Tra commune of Don Duong District at a total cost of VND200 billion (US$8.8 million).
With a milk cow population of 500, the farm was granted a certification in October last year by the Control Union (Netherlands) recognising it as the first organic dairy farm in Vietnam to meet European standards.
The farm does not use synthesised chemicals and pesticides, food additives or other stimulants while also saying no to genetically modified substances, making its raw milk free from antibiotic residues and growth hormones.
The entire cow population is also fed with organic food.
Vinamilk CEO Mai Kieu Lien said the set-up of the organic farm is the result of a tremendous effort by the company to build a clean and sustainable farming sector.
The dairy producer has so far established ten cow farms throughout the country and is planning to raise the number of farms that meet GlobalGAP and organic standards in the years ahead.
Lien said that the biggest challenge now is the scarcity of land resources and the cooperation of the local authorities is necessary to realise the company’s goals so that Vietnamese people can buy quality milk at reasonable prices.
Secretary Nguyen Xuan Tien of the Lam Dong Party Committee said that the province considered high-tech agriculture as a priority and would take action to support enterprises in dairy farming.
Vinamac Expo 2016 kicks off
The event has attracted the participation of 250 groups and companies from many countries around the world, such as Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Republic of Korea (ROK), the US, Italy, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, China and Vietnam. The event is divided into five thematic exhibitions on metallurgy, iron and steel; welding and machine technology; metals and components; chemicals, paints and coatings; textile printing and inkjet advertising. Deputy Head of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Manuel Valls: man on a mission to save the French left
Paris (AFP) - Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But France's former top cop may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet.All eyes are on the Spanish-born premier after President Francois Hollande on Thursday took the country by surprise by saying he would bow out after a single tumultuous term rather than face possible humiliation at the polls.Valls, a former interior minister, had been waiting in the wings but was showing increasing signs of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
WHY IT MATTERS: Debt
WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The federal government is borrowing about 1 out of 7 dollars it spends and steadily piling up debt — to the tune of about $14 trillion held by investors. Over the long term, that threatens the economy and pocketbooks.Most economists say rising debt risks crowding out investment and forcing interest rates up, among other problems. At the same time, rapidly growing spending on federal health care programs like Medicare and the drain on Social Security balances caused… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
French right-wing presidential hopefuls spar over Trump win
Paris (AFP) - Right-wing French presidential hopefuls faced off Thursday over the repercussions of Donald Trump's election in the last debate ahead of the first round of their US-style primary at the weekend.All eyes in France are on the right-wing nominating contest, whose winner is expected to go on to take the presidency in May in a duel with far-right leader Marine Le Pen.Former president Nicolas Sarkozy, ex-premier Alain Juppe and five other candidates will compete in the first round on… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
A lesson on UN peacekeeping – from Haiti
The Trump administration promises big changes at the United Nations, especially in its peacekeeping missions, which are now in 16 countries. But before the United States moves too fast, it should take note of the news this week that UN forces in Haiti will likely be withdrawn soon, a result of progress in reducing violence on the Caribbean island.The head of UN peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous, said Haiti has made so much progress that he would recommend the Security Council pull out the nearly… chat_bubble_outline Read More...