HCM CITY — The National Agricultural Extension Centre will earmark more than VND102 billion (US$4.9 million) for several fisheries projects to be undertaken until 2015.
They will seek to provide farmers with knowledge and technologies required to make aquaculture more efficient and sustainable.
They also aimed to ensure food safety and hygiene, protect the environment and aquatic resources, and contribute to restructuring the rural coastal economy, creating jobs and increasing farmers' incomes, the centre said.
Priority would be given to projects using modern technologies and with high productivity and quality to raise the prestige of the country's seafood brands, including those for breeding sugpo prawns, white-leg shrimp, tra and basa fish, and tilapia in Lang Son, Yen Bai, Ha Giang and Son La provinces.
They will conform to GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) standards.
There will also be projects to farm traditional fishes to in Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Phu Tho, Quang Ngai, Soc Trang, Ca Mau and many other provinces.
Farming of fresh and brackish water fish will be strengthened. — VNS