CAN THO (VNS) — Localities in the Mekong Delta are striving to reach a total tra fish output of 1.6 million tonnes and a revenue of US$2.5-3 billion from exports by 2020.
Under a plan for tra fish production and consumption in the region, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development requires the localities to expand the total farming area to 7,260 hectares of the Viet Nam Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) standards by 2020.
Head of the Directorate of Fisheries Pham Anh Tuan said at a meeting in Can Tho on Thursday that to introduce the plan by 2015, the region will farm 5,270 hectares of tra fish each year, striving for 1.2 million tonnes in total output and 650,000-700,000 tonnes of processed products worth $2-2.3 billion in export value.
According to Tuan, to achieve these targets, the localities have worked out plans to invest in infrastructure, choose higher-quality strains, and improve the chain of farming, purchasing, processing and consumption.
The region is now home to 94 tra fish processing factories with a total capacity of nearly 1 million tonnes per year.
During the 2014-15 period, local factories will focus on renovating their production chains in order to improve the quality of products and reduce production costs.
In the 2016-20 period, they will apply new technology to the production of tra fish by-products to meet the demands of both domestic and foreign consumers.
To expand foreign markets for tra fish, ministries, authorities and Mekong Delta localities will work on trade protection measures to adapt to commercial disputes and international technical barriers, especially in the US and European Union markets, while promoting tra fish in EU countries, China, Russia, Mexico, the Middle East and India.
Localities will also boost direct exports to distribution systems and major shopping centres and supermarkets in order to reduce intermediary stages. — VNS