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Delta needs aquaculture funds

Update: December, 25/2013 - 08:21

Red tilapia bred in a farm in Mekong Delta Can Tho Province's Thot Not District. The region requires over VND2.6 trillion (over US$123 million) for 56 aquaculture projects in the 2013 – 2020 period, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong

CUU LONG DELTA (VNS) — The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta of Viet Nam requires over VND2.6 trillion (over US$123 million) for 56 aquaculture projects in the 2013 – 2020 period, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said.

According to reports released at an aquaculture development seminar held in Kien Giang Province on Friday, the projects feature tra fish, shrimp and mollusc breeding; seafood catches; production of breeders; and projects in infrastructure and human resource development for the region's aquaculture industry.

Along with rice and fruits, seafood is one of the major products of the Mekong Delta region.

However, aquaculture and exploitation has not developed as well as expected, according to representatives of MARD at the seminar.

The region's aquaculture sector must be re-adjusted so that it can be better developed with diversified products and higher added value. Organised by MARD, the Steering Board of the Southwest Region and the People's Committee of Kien Giang Province, the seminar was held to promote investment in the Mekong Delta's aquaculture industry.

According to MARD, the master plan for the development of the country's aquaculture industry towards 2020 with a vision to 2030 was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in August 2013.

It required the establishment of a fishery centre in Kien Giang Province to serve the Southeast Region fishing grounds.

The plan also calls for the establishment of an aquaculture centre in Can Tho to support the aquaculture areas in the Mekong Delta. — VNS



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