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$4.9 million for fisheries extension projects

The National Agricultural Extension Centre will earmark more than VND102 billion (US$4.9 million) for several fisheries projects to be undertaken until 2015.
They will seek to provide farmers with knowledge and technologies required to make aquaculture more efficient and sustainable.

They also aimed to ensure food safety and hygiene, protect the environment and aquatic resources, and contribute to restructuring the rural coastal economy, creating jobs and increasing farmers’ incomes, the centre said.

Priority would be given to projects using modern technologies and with high productivity and quality to raise the prestige of the country’s seafood brands, including those for breeding sugpo prawns, white-leg shrimp, tra and basa fish, and tilapia in Lang Son, Yen Bai, Ha Giang and Son La provinces.

They will conform to GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) standards.

There will also be projects to farm traditional fishes to in Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Phu Tho, Quang Ngai, Soc Trang, Ca Mau and many other provinces.

Farming of fresh and brackish water fish will be strengthened.

On Vietnam Travel Forum : Uniquely New Dance of the Muong, Yen Bai

After few weeks in Europe, I am back.
It seems lazy, but I found this post very interesting about the Muong culture in Yen Bai.

“This dance is for children to thank their ancestors past year has been blessed, sheltered children thriving, having much luck, good weather and air, lush crop, pushed the grain, the healthy children …

Muong Yen Bai residents concentrated in the districts of Van Chan and Tran Yen, Van Yen. The Muong are the traditional rice cultivation from very early to their residence are often the valleys, coastal plains, stream … Treasure of the Muong ethnic culture is rich and diverse dances New traditional dance, drum dance Tu, dancing fairies, dancing booths, dance tube. Particularly in rural New dance Ao Luang II, Son A, Van Chan district can be seen as the most characteristic dances for the Muong and the system is part dance dance “Sacred” because of the presence of his mo.

According to some elders in the village told, cart had long ago, does anyone remember from when. Just know that every year, on the occasion of New Year (3 rd December), people gathered together to dance to invite the ancestors to earth fun, dancing with children. This dance is for children to thank their ancestors past year has been blessed, sheltered children thriving, having much luck, good weather and air, lush crop, pushed the grain, the healthy children …

The festival officially takes place at his home big Mo, Mo Home (exclamation) is his most prestigious Mo in the village. Prior to his house to prepare Mo decorated a tree if many vignettes bring spiritual meaning.

The offerings in the New Dance Festival include: Wheels worship ceremony (in Muong called “Pan Shave”) offerings include: a pig head, bread vegetarian (vegetarian Peng), cake display (Peng securities), gear pipe (tube Peng), rice, sticky rice, vegetarian vegetable, asparagus, papaya leaf, 1 complaint banana wine. And sacrifice is very important in this festival is cotton, Muong language called “Need deck.”

Start the ceremony, Mr. Mo wear traditional clothes, wrapped head to New, hand fans, mats to sit between a regional center. Master Mo behalf of everyone involved in the festival front wheels offer vows, vows of great faith “Today good day good month, the dance festival held visualize New, first thank god, ancestor in the past year bless the children were one year do have much luck, good weather and air, lush crops …”. Dance with the great oracle of the god that he first entered to play with children. Once entered, the oracles will dance tune spinning top wobbles, shaking legs feel like coming up off the ground, he entered the mouth just dance just dance songs quietly.

When I enter the complete mo people started to dance to the rhythm of the first type drums, gongs, dance betel nut (also known as dancing fairies). This dance is invited to the fairy oracles of heaven down to festival fun dancing with her son’s version. The dance is mainly six artisans dressed in traditional cloths, Everything over his shoulder, when the New towel dance will be moved from shoulder to hand to dance props. The artist is holding a musical instrument to create sounds bustling, it’s the long bamboo stick, a wooden tap to the rhythm of 3-4 with the sound of drums and gongs. But some artists out for new songs. In this dance, the dancers are dancing to the music at each other. The dance takes place in about 15 to 20 minutes.

This is New dances, the child was found not to have cured the weights on Tet holidays are invited to stay for dance teachers happy. At this, everyone involved with the dance moves simple, not complex. They move to the rhythm of 2-4 feet squeezed into the hand towel to each region to left and vice versa. People with passionate dance, dance on repeated from the original position to move in a circle and then rotate back.

Followed by dancing “Wedding Season” (eventually acquired) or Spirit to play first. This is the best swing dance, dance meant that the fairy in the sky have heard words of worship professed descendants should have entered the earth the same play. Oracles at this time dancing with everyone just has to name all together for fun, join the dance.

The Spirit dances down the earth happy with this, there is a very special part is the “shadow” of the oracles, the girls are very excited to welcome this forward by the words of Master Mo said some of the beautiful girl, sure was, cleverly and work involved preparing the cotton will be selected and said he was the best skill that makes the most beautiful flowers.

After a fun dance, Mr. Mo would signal to people switch to describe the dance and sports games, the games are mostly throwing, swinging, tug of dance beats … Done enter final test the teacher, this time he stood up Mo dance movements with different views of the movements were dancing before, the teasing of the girls and the girls were chasing the sun.

End, all gather together, wish each cup of wine and appointments in the fairy will come back happy with the Muong.

New dance festival is traditionally carry great significance in cultural and spiritual life of the Muong ethnic minority here. The aspirations and dreams of life freely to reach prosperity, happiness and love praising the Muong couples were introduced into the tune’s long arms and will remain in existence before the flow of time “

Buddhist architectural traces uncovered in Yen Bai

A 13th-15th century piece of Buddhist architecture has just been unearthed in a garden in the north-western province of Yen Bai.
Atop two hills in the province’s Van Chan District, archaeologists have found various remnants of stone, brick, tile and ceramic decoration in the form of lotus flowers. These floral motifs appear similar to ones used in Buddhist buildings of Tran dynasty (1225-1400).
On the Pu Chia Chua Hill, bricks and tiles have been uncovered just below a 35-40cm layer of soil. Experts suggested that the area served as a workshop for producing materials for a nearby Buddhist structure.
The excavation team have asked permission from local authorities to enlarge the area of investigation, hoping to find a Buddhist architectural complex from the Tran era.
If they are right, the building would be the only remnant of Tran Buddhist architecture ever found in the west of the province.

tea trees in Suoi Giang (Yen Bai Province)

tea in Yen Bai

Tea Plantationtea in Yen Bai

There are thousands of old Shan-tuyet tea trees in Suoi Giang. The oldest tree is over 300 years old and is listed as one of the six oldest tea trees in the whole world.

Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai : You have to visit it one day in your life!!

Mu Cang Chai : Terraced rice fields

Mu Cang Chai Rice fields terraced

Mu Cang Chai - rice fields terraced

The popular attraction of Mu Cang Chai lies in its terraced rice fields which are primarily situated in the district’s Che Cu Nha, La Pan Tan and De Zu Phinh villages. These imposing fields draw a large number of both Vietnamese and foreign travelers who love to take pictures of and indulge themselves in the amazing beauty of the national heritage site.

Visitors do not have to exert much effort to view the natural wonder; they can see a picturesque range of terraced fields along National Road 32 after going through Khau Pha Pass, which winds more than 20 kilometers when coming from Hanoi.

That is the option for those who do not have enough time to wander up and down hills and mountains of the terraced fields. Of course, when one is further from the road, the more beautiful terraced rice fields are visible.

It is normal to see ethnic minority mothers use cloth as a cradle to carry their infants on their back when they are harvesting paddy in the fields in the northwest of Vietnam. Children of the farmers run here and there in the fields, chatting with their parents and giggling in tune with the joy of their parents during the harvest season.

It is in late harvest season that visitors can distinguish the atmosphere of terraced fields in the rice harvest season and off the season. The real charm of yellow fields and the fields without paddy, and above all the type of soil and the attempts of the farmers to produce paddy, are most obvious at this time.

There in Mu Cang Chai, terraced rice fields rise and fall around hillsides and mountainsides as well as streams and rivers, making them look like giant yellow staircases for people to step from earth to heaven.

Terraced rice fields have been not only a source of food and income for the Mong people; they are an intrinsic part of their culture and Mu Cang Chai, which is itself a quiet town on the bank of the Nam River.

Fashioned over many centuries, the yellow terraced fields are now a symbol of the mountainous district and make it one of the top destinations for those who seek to look into the life of ethnic minority groups in the countryside and the natural surroundings.

Mu Cang Chai is about 300 kilometers from Hanoi, and can be accessible only by road.