The Mekong Delta plans to export 600,000-650,000 tonnes of tra catfish (pangasius) for 1.55 billion USD in 2011, 150 million USD more than last year’s figure.
File photo shows a catfish processing factory in the Mekong province of Dong Thap
Additional 6,000-6,300 ha of water surface in the Mekong delta, mainly in Dong Thap, An Giang, Ben Tre and Can Tho City, will be marked out for tra fish raising in order to increase its output to 1.3 million tonnes.
The figure will help enlarge the region’s total aquaculture area to 800,000 ha, including 50,000 ha of black tiger shrimp and 195,000 ha of fresh-water shrimp and fish.
The region expects to harvest 2.4 million tonnes of seafood this year, a year-on-year increase of 160,000 tonnes.
To the target, the province will enhance personnel training in seafood raising, tapping and processing and assist businesses in technological renewal as well as expand its market information, promoting and marketing system.
In the meantime, they will continue building the irrigation system for fresh and brackish water, promote quarantine work and increase the management of water environment, the quality and food safety in accordance with international standards.