Vietnam Farmers’ Union held “Head for the open sea” festival in Haiphong 2017.
10:09 - 31/03/2017
VNFU Website – March 31st 2017 at Cat Hai district, Haiphong province, Vietnam Farmers’ Union hosted the “Head for the Open Sea” festival, this is the first festival organized in collaboration with Hai phong People Committee with the aim in calling people to join hands in protecting the marine environment and securing sovereignty over the sea and its islands.

 
Mrs. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Member of the Party Central Committee, Vice President; Mr. Lai Xuan Mon, Member of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Vietnam Farmers’ Union; Mr. Leu Vu Dieu, First  Vice Chairman; Mr. Luong Quoc Doan, Vice Chairman; leaders of Hai Phong City Party Committee, People's Committee, leaders of VNFU departments and centers; leaders of 28 coastal provinces Farmers’ Union and people in Cat Hai district attend the ceremony.

 
Talking at the festival, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh said, the sea always plays a very important role and position in the defense and protecting the country. It is necessary to preserve and promote the value of the sea and the role of the fishermen farmers in developing our strong country, farmers can enrich themselves from the sea and securing sovereignty over the sea. Recently, the movement of agricultural and fishery programs and activities to support fishermen, increase investment in resources, cultural festivals developed.
Mr. Lai Xuan Mon, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Farmers’ Union affirmed that the sea has been a living space and livelihood for millions of coastal people in many years ago, creating a large class of Vietnamese residents from the North to the South, protect the the frontier, keeping up the traditional fishing grounds, significantly contribution to the country's development and security and defense.

 
The festival included activities like an incense offering ceremony to memorise those who died at sea, a whale worshipping ceremony and the release of baby shrimp/ fish into sea in the city’s Catba Island District. Hai Phong Farmers’ Union and Haip Phong People’s Committee teamed up to give local fishermen national flags to fly on their sea trips.

A fleet of fishing boats steamed off to the high seas, traveling around Catba Bay and representing the hope of bumper catches.

The festival also aimed to honour fishing activities, fishermen and their contributions to the country’s economy and national defence. “To fishermen, “Head for the open sea” celebrates their life and their pride. During smooth or rough seas, they keep going, not only seeking economic benefits but also affirming Việt Nam’s sovereignty over sea and islands,” Talk by Chainman Lai Xuan Mon. The festival is also expected to call on further co-operation among relevant parties including sea guards, navy, marine police and enterprises to support fishermen “head for open sea” and bring home bumper catch, and this festival will be held every year, he said.

Thu Lan – by Mai Huong

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