MEP Struan Stevenson at the meeting with VASEP leaders

The MEP and Senior Vice President of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee, Struan Stevenson has visited pangasius farms, hatcheries and processing plants in Mekong Delta.

Pangasius farmers and producers were waiting for his visit in processing facilities to show him the development of Vietnam pangasius industry and to make him recognize that his negative comments and criticism over the industry last time were totally wrong.

At the meeting, Mr. Dzung had a presentation on the development of Vietnam seafood industry, especially the booming of pangasius industry and its development steeps over the past 15 years, the achievements and efforts of Vietnam to satisfy international standards and to look towards the sustainability. Read more of this post


Agro-forestry, fisheries exports top 10 billion USD

The nation’s agro-forestry and fisheries axport revenues were estimated to exeed 10 billion USD in the first five months of the year, a yoy rise of 41.5%, the MARD said.

The five-month agricultural products export turnover recorded a year-on-year surge of 59 percent, followed by seafood products, 27.3 percent and forest products, 19.1 percent.

In the review period, the country exported more than 3 million tonnes of rice for almost 1.5 billion USD, year-on-year rises of 20.6 percent in volume and 23.6 percent in value. Indonesia, Cuba and Malaysia remained Vietnam’s major rice importers. Read more of this post

Globalization increases risk, but imports are industry responsibility

Food Quality News – Industry, not government, should take ultimate responsibility for the safety of imported ingredients, said a presenter at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) general meeting in New Orleans.

Speaking at the ASM meeting on Monday, Michael Doyle of the University of Georgia said that an increasing quantity of imported food and food ingredients from developing nations is increasing the risk of food contamination in the United States. However, he added that consumers should not rule out ingredients from entire countries as ‘unsafe’, pointing out that most food manufacturers will only import ingredients if they can verify that they have been produced in sanitary conditions. Read more of this post

Seapriexco No4 to invest in raw material supply

In Q.1/2011, Seapriexco N04’s sales increased 150 percent and its net profit was up 41 percent against the same quarter of 2010,” the company said.

At the 2011 Annual General Meeting of shareholders, shareholders agreed to adopt the project to construct a feed factory and a fishmeal mill with using the rest of processed pangasius which was expected to locate beside Dong Tam processing plant. The total investment in this project rose to VND120 billion. Read more of this post

CA MAU: 18,670ha of efficient shrimp-rice model

The project on improving the performance of shrimp-rice production models in Ca Mau in 2009-2012 and toward 2015 have delivered promising results so far.

Thanks to effective application of advanced techniques in farming, juvenile selection, environment treatment, and disease prevention, shrimp and rice productivity were high, respectively 6.3MT per ha per crop (industrial farming model) and 5.2MT per ha per crop. Read more of this post

HOANG LONG SEAFOOD: VND40Bln after-tax profit in Jan-Apr

Despite numerous economic difficulties, Hoang Long Seafood still strives to fulfill its yearly plan approved at the shareholders meeting.

Currently, Hoang Long Seafood involves in multiple businesses, ranging from seafood, tobacco, and fertilizers to transportation, natural resources exploitation, real estates, construction, water supply. However, from the beginning of the year, the company set to focus on development aquaculture and seafood processing for exports. Read more of this post

Binh Dinh: Seafood exporters lack of raw materials

Currently, seafood processing factories for export in Binh Dinh province are facing the shortage of raw materials, only operating at about 70-80 percent of designed capacity.

This is due to less fish stocks, rising gasoline price and high interest rates which influences on fishermen’s fishery farming. So far this year, capture fisheries production in the province has only reached 41,859 MT, down 10 percent over the same period last year. Besides, the shrimp diseases are occurring on a large scale, with 33.4 hectares, up 8.5 percent, harvested shrimp area decreased 21.7 hectares. Read more of this post

Strong growth in tuna export to Iran

By the end of Q1, Vietnam had shipped 2,286 tons of tuna (mostly raw tina 889.6%)) to Iran, worth over US$ 3 million.

After a decline in February, tuna export bounced back in March with 9,345 tons (+17.5% y-o-y) worth US$43.4 million (+45.1%) being shipped abroad. As a result, in the first quarter, total tuna export hit 22,000 tons, worth US$104 million, up respectively 13.3% and 28.6% year on year. Read more of this post

Raw pangasius price: Reflect real market value and ensure benefits for the whole

In recent days, some local press posted information relating to the reduced price of pangasius causing confusions for both farmers and importers, especially European importers after the largest seafood exhibition in Brussels just ended.

At time of European Seafood Exposition happened from 3rd – 5th May 2011 at Brussels, Belgium, pangasius raw material prices were at record high. Raw pangasius cost paid by local processors was at VND29,000 per kilogram. At this time, frying price increased highly and harvesting was not at full season. Read more of this post

Scots MEP welcomes lessons learned on Vietnam aquaculture visit

Having previously raised concerns over standards in the Vietnamese fish farming sector, Struan Stevenson MEP, Senior Vice President of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee, has now acknowledged that EU consumers and aquaculture businesses have little to fear from growing imports.

With imports of Vietnam’s pangasius fish reaching 230,000 tonnes in 2010, Mr Stevenson had raised concerns over standards of hygiene, welfare, feed and fish health at many of the 1600 fish farms in the country’s Mekong Delta. Read more of this post

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