|PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc visits the high-tech tra fish farm. — Photo baochinhphu.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Úc Group last week opened a high-tech tra fish (pangasius) farm in Vĩnh Hòa Commune, Tân Châu Town of the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.
The farm covers more than 100ha, has a capacity of 1 billion pangasius fingerlings per year and was built with a solar energy system to provide electricity.
It is expected that by April 2019, Việt Úc Group will start selling fingerlings.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc voiced his hope that Việt Úc Group would continue to reap success, helping An Giang be a centre for producing pangasius and building brand name for Vietnamese tra fish.
Việt Úc is the only company in Việt Nam using high-tech programmes to monitor fish and producing analyses with the software, allowing it to select breeds with the best genetic material.
The programme has chosen breeds less prone to disease and with a faster growth rate which have adapted to the province’s environment.
An Giang’s tra fish production in 2018 is estimated to hit 346,000 tonnes, a rise of 61,000 tonnes compared to last year, reported the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
This year, the province has 1,138ha of tra fish farms, 408.7ha of which meet quality standards like GlobalGAP, ASC and VietGAP.
According to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, An Giang exported 73,385 tonnes of tra fish products in the first 10 months of this year, worth more than US$177 million. — VNS