Latest blog articles
Award ceremony held to honor farmers using information and technology
First runner of the contest, farmer Bùi Văn Xuân (centre) from Hia Binh Province, receives an award on Sunday. — VNS Photo
HA NOI (Biz Hub) — An award ceremony was held in Ha Noi on Sunday for a contest entitled "Farmers with information and technology".
The contest honored those farmers with basic electronic skills, including using the Internet, sending and receiving electronic mail, seeking to sell in the market, and using information and technology in agricultural production and the breeding industry.
According to the organizing committee, the contest provided a first prize of VND30 million, two second prizes of VND20 million each, three third prizes worth VND10 million each, and 57 consolation prizes of VND3 million.
Speaking at the ceremony, Lai Xuan Mon, Chairman of the Vietnam Farmers Association (VFA), said the VFA always identified IT as a critical tool that aimed to help farmers improve their production to meet the requirements of global integration. Amid this global trend, farm produces in Viet Nam have to fiercely compete. Integration brings with it both opportunities and challenges. The biggest challenge is in the field of agriculture, in planting crops and in raising livestock. If farmers do not gain access to information and technology, as well as advanced methods of production to produce high quality agricultural products, their products may not be competitive in domestic and international markets.
The contest is expected to help farmers, who account for 70 per cent of the nation's population, have an opportunity to learn how to use information and technology to their advantage in production, in order to increase productivity and product quality.
Through the contest, the organizing committee seeks to send a message to 15 million farming families across the country that Vietnam's agricultural products are facing fierce competition worldwide due to the country joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
In many countries, the use of IT in agriculture has taken great strength to liberalise and improve labour productivity for farmers, while developing agriculture into highly-valued goods. Agriculture with ICT applications, also known as "smart agriculture", is becoming a new trend, changing ways of organising production and significantly improving productivity, as well as the quality of agriculture in many parts of the world, he said. — VNSRead on the original site
Dylan expresses awe over Nobel Prize, alludes to Shakespeare
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Bob Dylan has expressed awe at receiving the Nobel Prize in literature and thanked the Swedish Academy for including him among the "giants" of writing.Dylan was absent from Saturday's award ceremony and banquet in Stockholm. But in remarks read by the U.S. ambassador, he alluded to the debate about whether the award should go to a songwriter.Dylan said when Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet," he probably was thinking about which actors to pick and where to find a skull.In his words:… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Why McMaster is only one step toward ending Trump's intel wars
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in some ways symbolizes the very changes that President Trump needs to make to right its tempestuous relationship with the United States intelligence community.General McMaster, Mr. Trump’s pick to be national security adviser, does not hail from an intelligence background. But he has a reputation as a man who has no qualms about speaking truth to power and is seen as a facts-based thinker who is not driven by ideology nearly as much as the man he replaces, retired Lt.… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
World Bank adjusts growth forecast for Vietnam to 6%
The World Bank has reduced its forecast for Vietnam’s economic growth in 2016 from 6.2 per cent to 6 per cent due to negative impacts from both external and domestic factors, according to the Vietnam’s Recent Economic Developments report released on July 19. Domestic and global factors certain to be felt, World Bank report notes, as forecast of 6.2% growth brought down to 6%. Mr. Achim Fock, Acting Country Director for the World Bank in Vietnam, said that even with slower growth this… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
TAP launches Embraer 190 as JetBlue partnership takes off
TAP is continuing to upgrade its service offering to customers, both in comfort through the introduction of the Embraer 190, and an extended route network within the US through a new code-share with JetBlue. The first E190 aircraft took its maiden flight for the airline on route TP488, from Lisbon to Nice, France. The entry of the E190 aircraft is part of TAP’s regional fleet renewal strategy. With capacity for 106 passengers, the E190 offers comfortable seats (known as Slim Seats) in a cabin… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
'Christmas sauna' in Helsinki gives enthusiasts a free sweat
HELSINKI (AP) — Wrapped in a towel and oozing sweat, a steaming man steps outside into sub-zero temperatures enthusing about the sauna which he's just come out of — right in the middle of Helsinki in the city hall courtyard.The Finnish hot room plays an integral part in year-end traditions, and Helsinki decision makers have made sure there's free and easy access to a wood-burning "Christmas sauna" during two weeks of December.Ville Vehmaa says he's probably had a sauna "maybe ... 3,000 times,"… chat_bubble_outline Read More...