Vietnam: climate change the most serious risk to aquaculture

study conducted on the analysis of stakeholders’ and shrimp farmers’ perceptions in Vietnam’s Ca Mau and Bac Lieu provinces determined that they find climate changes the most serious risk.

Small scale farmers and other stakeholders involved in shrimp aquaculture have been suffering the effects of climate changes via frequent extreme weather events. Read more of this post


Minh Phu largest processing unit to be open in April

Minh Phu Seafood Company has announced that the VN$1 trillion (US$46.5 milllion) Minh Phu-Hau Giang plant will go into operation in April.

The plant is expected to process 40,000 tonnes of processed shrimp per year. Read more of this post

Vietnam: Seafood industry, a year of blooming harvest

In 2010, Viet Nam’s fisheries industry achieved its targets in almost all fields of business with the total fisheries output reaching 5.2 million tons, including 2.8 million tons from aquaculture and 2.4 million tons from capture fishery.

Although the global financial crisis has come to an end, clear improvements haven’t been seen in the global economy in the first few months of the year 2010. Some European countries have been on the verge of debt- triggered crisis, thus causing panic and worries among their citizens. The consumers’ demands for staple foods, however, have gradually become stable. Food import, including seafood import, in many markets has flourished and developed better and better since the beginning of the year, which helps a great number of countries to empty their 2009 inventories and boost production in the year 2010. Read more of this post

Binh Dinh Province: 133 ha of shrimp breeding

According to Binh Dinh Aquaculture Division, local farmers have stocked shrimp in a water surface of more than 133 ha so far.

Shrimp are mainly farmed in the districts of Phu My (69 ha), and Hoai Nhon (43 ha). However, due to unpredictable weather conditions as longlasting cold, shrimp disease might outbreak. Read more of this post

Vietnam: Tightens Down on Food Safety Inspections after Violations

The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) has warned shrimp processors that inspections are going to increase in 2011.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has urged people’s committees in key provinces in the Mekong River Delta to step up oversight of processing plants.  It also told local authorities to work closely with relevant agencies to penalize violators, especially those that inject “extraneous materials” into raw shrimp.  These incidents have been reported widely in Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Kien Giang provinces, with NAFIQAD saying 25 processing plants, mostly in the four provinces, were caught doing it in January 2011!  MARD has ordered NAFIQAD to coordinate inspections with local agencies in the four provinces to make sure that products do not contain extraneous matter.

NAFIQAD will set up a process for inspecting all shrimp products for quality and safety and MARD will then approve all products before they are exported!

Following an inspection of 30 Vietnamese processing companies last month, Ukraine’s State Committee for Veterinary Medicine approved only ten of them.  Analysts said Ukraine’s high quality requirements could pose a big challenge for Vietnamese exporters.


Source: Shrimp News


Pangasius become a “catfish again”? Serious possibility for US media Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal in an editorial on Tuesday took aim at U.S. Department of Agriculture’s efforts to reclassify pangasius as a catfish so it might regulate the import of the fish, presumably to the benefit of domestic catfish growers, who appear largely unable to compete with the fish.

“The problem is that the pangasius is an entirely different species of fish. In an earlier bout of protectionism, Congress even passed a law making it illegal to call pangasius “catfish” for marketing purposes. Since that hasn’t deterred American consumers from buying pangasius, Washington is willing to call the Vietnamese fish a catfish again if that makes it easier to ban,” the editorial said. Read more of this post

Can Tho: New tendency for Pangasius farming in Tan Loc commune

Pangasius is now sold at VND 24,500 per kilo, the record high in Tan Loc Commune, Can Tho Province, Mekong Delta.

Tan Loc used to be the largest Pangasius farming area in Can Tho. At the peak in 2008, there were 150 Pangasius farming households with total area of 400 ha. However, the decreasing Pangasius price in 4 consecutive years had forced many farmers out of business. Read more of this post

Vietnam: Seafood export targets by 2020

As the year 2010 is over, the Seafood Export Development Program in the period 2005- 2010 approved under the decision No.242/2006/QD-TTg dated October, 2006 has accomplished its final steps. It is time to go behind what has been achieved and what has not so as to set targets for the next 5 and 10 years.

Great achievements.

First of all, it is undeniable that the fisheries sector in the past years has still maintained its inherent growth, playing a leading role in the industrialization and modernization of the agriculture and rural areas, as well as drastically transforming itself into a major producing industry in the country’s economy in general. Read more of this post

River pollution kills 36 tons of fishes

Pollution in the Dong Nai river has killed 36 tons of fishes in Thong Nhat Ward of southern Bien Hoa city, the farmers association said in a report sent to authorities Monday.

The association said 33 families practicing fish cage culture had claimed to have lost hundreds of millions of dongs due to the death of their mature freshwater fish, including carp and hemibagrus. Read more of this post

Circular No.01: Start applying new C/O form E from 1st March, 2011

On 14th January, 2011 the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued Circular No.01/2011/TT-BCT 36/2010/TT-BCT on amending Circular dated on 15th November, 2010 of the Ministry of Commerce on implementing the amended Procedure Rules of origin issue and check and the rules for specific items under the Harmonized System 2007 of the ACFTA Agreement. Read more of this post

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