Cafatex Corp to promote pangasius certificated GlobalGAP

In the next two months, a pangasius farm of Cafatex Fishery Joint Stock Corporation (Cafatex Corp) will be certificated GlobalGAP.

The farm is located at Cau Ke district, Tra Vinh province on Hau river with the area of 8 hectares and annual production of 5,000 MT of raw pangasius. In the upcoming time, GlobalGAP certification and other international standards will be carried out by pangasius farms of the company with total area of 150 hectares. Read more of this post

Docifish: 20-hectare pangasius farm to be certificated by ASC

Two pangasius farms with the tune of 20 hectares are expected to be granted ASC certificate in 2012. If they are certificated, 6,000 MT of raw pangasius per year – equivalent to 2,000 MT of finished products will be labeled ASC, Docifish Corporation (Docifish) reported.

In late 2010, the company was granted GlobalGAP certificate for its 5 ponds with the total area of 5 hectares which provide 1,500 MT of raw pangasius (500 MT of finished products). However, the supply of GlobalGAP-certificated pangasius only responded to a small part of Docifish’s demand of 6,000 MT of fish for export to the EU market per year. Therefore, the company strives to get certification for 100 percent of its pangasius farms to meet the requirements by its traditional partners and to follow the global trends. Read more of this post

Vietnam: 45 pangasius farms GAP certified

Up to 12th May 2011, 45 pangasius farms with the total area of over 1,000 hectares in Vietnam have been certificated by GlobalGAP. These farms belong to 24 enterprises.

GlobalGAP sets voluntary standards for certification of agricultural products (livestock, aquaculture..) around the globe to ensure food safety and hygiene. The standards cover the process of the certified product from farm inputs until the product leaves the farm. The increasing number of certificated pangasius farms proves that improved quality of the fish. The certification makes great contribution to bolster global consumers’ confidence in Vietnam pangasius products, to expand more potential export markets for the fish. Read more of this post

Viet Nam – WWF meeting on sustainable development of Pangasius

This is a part of the cooperation agreement signed among the 4 sides in December 2010 for improvement of environmental/social responsability of the Pangasius industry in Vietnam. 

The Viet Nam Directorate of Fisheries (D-FISH), VINAFIS, VASEP, and WWF Viet Nam met with WWF International from April 12 – 14 in Switzerland to discuss the Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP) for Viet Nam Pangasius industry for the period 2011 – 2015. Read more of this post

Tra Vinh to develop black tiger shrimp farming according to Global GAP Practices

Agriculture and Fishery Extension Center in Tra Vinh (a northern province in Vietnam) has established two models of black tiger shrimp farming according to Global GAP Practices with an aim to increase shrimp productivity, output, quality serving for consumption and export, ensure safety and hygiene for raw material resources for processing and exporting, earn more foreign currency to the country in 2011.

Models are carried out in Hiep My Dong (Cau Ngang district) and Hiep Thanh commune (Duyen Hai district) with two hectare area and 4 households.

Farmers participating in the model, must have area of 0.25-0.5 hectare and commit to using suitable feed and chemicals in compliance with GAP Practices. These farmers will be supplied 100 percent of seeds and 30 percent of feed cost. Besides, they are provided with training courses, necessary seminars. Read more of this post

D-FISH and GlobalG.A.P signed cooperation agreement

At the European Seafood Exhibition, on 05 May, Pham Anh tian, Vice General Director of the Directorate of Fisheries (D-Fish) and Ms. Valeska Weymann on behalf of GlobalGAP signed a MoU to improve GAP application in aquaculture and step by step benchmarch VietGAP with Gloabalgap.

The signing ceremony was observed by Industry and Trade Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Bien, Viet Nam Ambassador to EU/Belgium Pham Sanh Chau, DG Sanco Director Eric Poudelet, former Seafood Source Editor in Chief Mike Urch, and VASEP Standing Deputy Chairman Mr. Nguyen Huu Dung. Read more of this post

GLOBALGAP: Presentation, Videos and Pictures of News Conference at European Seafood Exposition 2011

GLOBALG.A.P presents in 2011 the new revised Version 4.

For the Aquaculture Scope, a 4-year intensive revision work has led to a standard that provides any aquaculture operation worldwide the opportunity to demonstrate good aquaculture practices across major categories, e.g. any finfish, crustacean or mollusc farming activity can now apply for GLOBALG.A.P Aquaculture Certification. Read more

VINH HOAN CORP: Striving to assure 100 percent of raw material demand

Vinh Hoan Corp held a shareholder meeting on 25 April 2011. 

Ms. Truong Thi Le Khanh, CEO and President, said the company earned US$32 million in export turnover in Q1/2011, up 9 percent against the same period last year. Its after-tax profit reached VND72 billion out of a revenue of VND800 billion.   Read more of this post

Vietnam gets serious about pangasius education

Vietnam’s pangasius industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 10 years. Totaling less than 35,000 metric tons in 2003, the country’s pangasius exports now exceed 600,000 metric tons annually, nearing 660,000 metric tons in 2010. Roughly three-quarters of pangasius exports go to the EU market, while about 12 percent end up in the U.S. market.

Perhaps a consequence of the industry’s explosive growth, education about the catfish-like species has lagged. But the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) is trying to do something about it. Read more of this post

GLOBALG.A.P presents expanded opportunties for aquaculture operations to apply for certification

GLOBALGAP has presented the new revised version 4.for the Aquaculture scope, a 4-years intensive revision work has led to a standard that provides any aquaculture operation worldwide the opportunity to demonstrate good aquaculture practices across major categories, e.g any finfish, crustacean or mollusc farming activity can now apply for GLOBALGAP Aquaculture certification. 

Aquaculture Version 4 is product of public consultations with more than 500 comments received from stakeholders representing 116 organizations worldwide that comprise certification bodies, retailers, research centers, universities, NGOs, suppliers, farmers, Read more of this post

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