CAN THO (VNS) — The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development met with Can Tho University representatives and authorities of several Mekong Delta provinces last Friday to reach an agreement on building a fisheries centre in Can Tho City.
|A tra fish breeding village in An Giang Province's Chau Doc Town. — VNS Photo Hoang Vu
Can Tho centre, the first pilot project of its kind in the country, aims to build fishery markets for the Mekong Delta, to establish an aqua-product processing complex, a freshwater aqua-product trading floor, and a fishery-supporting industry for the region.
The centre will include fishery research institutes and a human resource development centre for the region, and a fishery entrepot for the Mekong Delta, and the domestic and overseas markets as well.
Representatives of other Mekong provinces agreed with the plan to locate the fishery centre in Can Tho. However, they proposed that the centre's facilities should be located in localities that have advantages in each sector.
They also proposed building a facility that will conduct research to prevent and combat diseases that affect tra fish.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the coastal cities of Hai Phong, Da Nang and Can Tho and the provinces of Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Khanh Hoa have been chosen as locations for five fishery centres. — VNS