|Water world: HCM City’s 3rd Ornamental Fish Festival, from September 20 to 24, is attracting numerous traders and enthusiasts. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
Fifty booths featuring fish breeding equipment and 200 ponds for ornamental fish are on display at the third Ornamental Fish Festival.
Organised by the HCM City Investment and Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC), the annual festival kicked off on Thursday evening (September 20) at the Sports Centre at No 215C Lý Thường Kiệt Street in District 11.
During the festival, visitors and ornamental fish enthusiasts will have a chance to learn more about different species of ornamental fish.
The event is also a chance for businesses and breeders to exchange experiences and expand linkages in production, as well as promote the market for ornamental fish.
HCM City has about 21 establishments and companies that export ornamental fish to 43 countries in the EU, Asia, the US and South Africa.
In the first nine months of the year, the city exported 15.2 million ornamental fish worth US$17.3 million, up 14 per cent in volume and 14.5 per cent in export value against the same period last year, according to the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
It targets production of 180 million ornamental fish this year. Of the amount, 20-21 million ornamental fish would be exported, earning $20-23 million in export value. — VNS
|Shining bright: Small neon fish become visible in the dark. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
|Show stopper: Parrot cichlid decorated with lively painting on its body. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
|Head case: The flower horn, one of the most popular ornamental fish, is noted for its vivid colours and distinctively shaped head. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
|Catching: Discus fish attract visitors with their distinctive shapes and bright colours. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
|Floral touch: A man at a booth displaying many types of aquatic plants. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|