VIETNAMESE SEAFOOD PRODUCTION RISES
Vietnamese seafood production rises. According to the report of the Directorate of Fisheries, seafood production in the first 6 months of 2019 has developed quite well due to the increasing demand of the market.
Total fisheries production is estimated at 3.79 MT, up 6.2% compared to the same period in 2018, the production value of aquatic products increases by 6.5%. In which, the fishing output reached 1.88 million tons, up 5.4%; aquaculture production reached 1.92 million tons, up 7.0%.
Notably, in the first 6 months of 2019, the Directorate of Fisheries has actively implemented the application of good aquaculture practices and food safety control.
Up to now, 5,174 hectares of farming areas have been granted GAP certificates; in which the area of pangasius farming applied VietGAP was 1,847 ha, white leg shrimp area was 1,432 ha, other GAP application area (GlobalGAP, ASC, BAP) reached 1,894 ha. VIETNAMESE SEAFOOD PRODUCTION RISES
In the last months of 2019, the fisheries sector has set a number of main objectives such as GDP growth rate will reach 4.65%; production value growth rate will hit 4.69%; export turnover will reach US$10.5 billion.
Vietnam has more than 600,000 hectares of shrimp farming with two main species of black tiger shrimp and whiteleg shrimp.
Vietnam is the leading producer of black tiger shrimp in the world with a production of 300,000 tons per year. This is the traditional species in many past years while whiteleg shrimp has been cultivated in different provinces in the country since 2008.
Farming areas are concentrated in Mekong Delta provinces. Top 5 provinces having largest shrimp farming area include Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Ben Tre and Kien Giang.
Pangasius have been raising and developing mostly in 10 Mekong Delta River provinces of Vietnam, including: An Giang, Dong Thap, Tien Giang, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Ben Tre, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Kien Giang, and two provinces (Tay Ninh and Quang Nam) with total farming area of 6,078 hectares (in 2017) and expected to rise up to 7,600 – 7,800 hectares in 2020. Provinces of Can Tho, An Giang and Dong Thap are the leading culture regions of Pangasius in the Mekong Delta, account for over 75% of the total national Pangasius production. Pangasius industry is selfcontrolled in raw material sources toward sustainable production chain.
Pangasius is more and more popular in the world thanks its heath and nutrition. The fish has been exported to 132 countries and territories in 2018, including demanding markets as the EU, Brazil, USA, Australia and Canada.