Fishermen need to band together

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat spoke about a proposal to form fishing fleets into more efficient groupings.

Does the ministry have policies about the development of groups of fishing boats in coastal provinces?

The ministry encourages fishermen to join fishing groups so that they can support each other in coping with natural disasters, share logistics work and fishing. Read more of this post

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MARD proposed to the PM the establishment of Pangasius Fund

On April 21st in the official letter No 1075/BNN-CB to the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) proposed to establish a fund for Pangasius export development. 

The fund aims to finance the efforts to protect Vietnamese Pangasius from trade barriers and promote the fish brand name in the global market. It will be also used for marketing, PR, lobby ativities, lawyer fees, and international consultation services in response to the regulations of import markets. Read more of this post

Seafood exports to hit US$8 billion by 2020

Seafood exports are forecast to grow by 8-10% per year, with annual export value to grow from a current level of about US$5 billion to US$6.5-6.7 billion by 2015 and US$8 billion by 2020, said deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam.

The US, EU and Japan would continue to be the three main export markets for the nation’s seafood, accounting for 60-65% of total exports.

To meet the targets, the industry would move beyond its reliance on current key products like tra fish and shrimp and develop the export potential of other seafood products, including tuna, tilapia, shellfish and seaweed, Tam said. 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

Conference of planning whiteleg shrimp farming

On April 26th in Soc Trang Province, The MARD, Directorate of Fisheries in conjunction with Soc Trang People’s Committee celebrated a conference of planning whiteleg shrimp (vannamei) farming.

In Vietnam, whiteleg shrimp, originated from South America, was farmed for testing in 2002. After a trial period, in 2008, MARD laid down whiteleg shrimp farming development  as a policy.

Accordingly, Southern provinces were allowed to farm whiteleg shrimp but they must ensure planning area, irrigation systems, infrastructure for intensive shrimp farming. Particularly, the coastal provinces from Binh Thuan to Quang Ninh were allowed to raise in local areas. Read more of this post

Establishment of a fund for pangasius export: MARD initiative

On April 21st 2011 in the Official Letter No.1075/BNN-CB, MARD proposed to the Vietnamese Government to establish a fund for pangasius export development

Accordingly, the nonprofit fund will work on the principle of consensus among Vietnamese pangasius export enterprises and their voluntary in response to the sustainable development of pangasius industry in Vietnam.The fund is expected to come from Read more of this post

Conference of planning whiteleg shrimp farming

On April 26th in Soc Trang Province, The MARD, Directorate of Fisheries in conjunction with Soc trang People’s Committee celebrate a conference on planning whiteleg shrimp farming (vannamei)

In Vietnam, whiteleg shrimp, originated from South America, was farmed for testing in 2002. After a trial period, in 2008, MARD laid down whiteleg shrimp farming development  as a policy. Read more of this post

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.

• Aquaculture Version 4 is product of public consultations with more than 500 comments received from Read more of this post

Pangasius industry should prioritise quality over quantity: govt

Seafood importers’ purchasing decisions are increasingly being influenced by the environmental impacts of aquaculture and whether seafood is being produced sustainably. Fish farmers and processors should thus apply strict standards to make all their operations less environmentally harmful, suggested Pham Anh Tuan, deputy director of the General Department of Fisheries, at a conference in HCM City. Read more of this post

High costs lead to poor profits for seafood exporters

Vietnam’s seafood export revenues in Q1 totalled Us$ 1.1 billion; a 22% rise yoy. 

But higher revenues did not translate into profits for exporters because the costs of basic materials and production have been steep, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

While some seafood companies will break even, most of them will suffer sharp losses, said General Director of Agifish Nguyen Van Ky.  Read more of this post

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