Aquaculture exports may reach US$8bln

17:14 | 23/12/2014

VGP – Aquaculture exports was estimated to reach US$750 million in December, up 12% against the same period of 2013, sending this year’s figure to nearly US$8 billion, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported.

Viet Nam is one of the top aquaculture producers and exporters in the world with its products available in 165 countries and territories, said the Ministry.

Tra fish, tuna, shrimp, squid and octopus are Viet Nam’s key aquatic exports.

Last August, four members of a cooperative group in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh have become the first Tra fish farmers in Viet Nam to receive the Global Gap Certificate.

The group is among beneficiaries of a sustainable Tra fish supply chain program realized in the Mekong Delta provinces of Tien Giang, Dong Thap, and Tra Vinh, with funding from European GlobalGap Organization, the World Wide Fund for Nature, GIZ of Germany, IDH of Holland and Anova Seafood of Holland.

This program aims to equip local fish farmers and feed markers with knowledge and practical skills to produce products meeting international requirements.

The Government has approved a fisheries development strategy through 2020, setting the target to raise the value of aquatic exports to US$9 billion by 2020./.

By Hai Minh