Illegal manganese mining has resumed in Ha Tinh Province’s Can Loc District after a period of inactivity since the end of June.
The ore is transported and sold in Nghe An Province at VND300,000-500,000 a cubic meter, depending on quality.
Nguyen Dinh Lan, director of Ha Tinh Manganese Minerals Co., told SGGP that his company has set up patrols but failed to stop the illegal mining since the miners are aggressive and usually go around in large groups.
They steal 30-40 tons of manganese daily, he said.
“We have reported it to the commune People’s Committee and police but it continues,” he complained.
Manganese ore reportedly fetches a good price across the border in Laos which has set off a mining frenzy in the area.