Ben Tre preparing for the 6th fruit and tree festival, 2006

Ben Tre Province is planning to hold the 6th Fruit and Tree Festival 2006 in the time between May 27 and May 31, 2006. The traditional occasion is purported to assess and review a year of production and innovation of garden owners and traders in the seedling and ornamental flowers and tree business; and at the same time to introduce the province's economic potentials as well as to take chance for commercial and investment promotion activities.

The woman of pearls in Ben Tre: Interview

In 2002, comments and discussions were spreading among locals in Con Tien (Tien Long Commune, Chau Thanh District, Ben Tre) about a woman who had invested almost a billion dongs (VND) in cultivating fresh water oyster, or manodonta. Her name was Nguyen Thi Thu Cuc. She had succeeded with pains and hardship in this business. She even established a private company of her own - the Boi Ngoc Company Limited - to cultivate and sell the pearls. Her company's pearls have recently won 2 gold medals, of classes AAA and AA, at the International Women Trade Fair organized in Ho Chi Minh City by Vietnam's Labour Union. On the event, our reporter interviewed Ms Thu Cuc in Ben Tre.

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