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Metro winds up project to help fish farmers

Update: June, 13/2012 - 08:32

HCM CITY — Metro Cash&Carry has wrapped up a two-year programme to help fish farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta maintain proper records and control the use of chemicals, improve farm infrastructure, and farm in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.

"More than 290 fish farmers in nine provinces have been trained, with 70 of them achieving Metro's good aquaculture practices certification," Dao Viet Dzung of the Asian Development Bank, which partially funded the project through its Viet Nam Challenge Fund (VCF), said at a review workshop in Can Tho last Friday.

The US$1 million programme with $250,000 coming from VCF helped set up a sourcing system, cold chain, and distribution centre for fresh fish products in the city where it was based.

The VCF is part of the bank's "Making markets work better for the poor (Phase 2) " (M4P2) project, which receives financial support from the Department for International Development (UK).

It also helped the participants attain Metro's GAP standards for a wide range of fresh water fish species consumed in Viet Nam.

A large agricultural extension system has been created for a wide range of non-export species, the first traceability system has been developed for fish products for the domestic market, and farmers were educated in food hygiene, food safety, and sustainable fishing.

The physical core of the project is a "fish platform" that has been set up in Can Tho with a capacity of 4,500 tonnes of fish per year and 15 tonnes at any given time. — VNS

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