Mekong Delta not to build more Tra fish fillet processing plant

The Mekong Delta will not build more plants to process frozen tra fish fillets by 2020, said Nguyen Thanh Tung, head of the Vietnam Institute of Fisheries Economics and Planning on July 10.

Processing tra fish for exports in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)

He was speaking at a meeting to collect opinions for a draft plan on the delta’s tra fish production and consumption by 2020 in Can Tho City.

According to the draft plan, the fish farming area will increase to 7,260 hectares by 2020.

Of these, Dong Thap will farm most with 1,700 hectares, followed by An Giang with 1,430 hectares and Can Tho with 1,100 hectares. Other provinces will capture 300-850 hectares each.

The delta will need 2.54 billion breeding fish. Farming zone must apply the quality certificate VietGap standard or other suitable international certificates.

Basing on the market situation and production capacity, the delta can invest in current plants to produce value added fish products with its capacity of 45,000 tons per year.

Instead of building more frozen fish fillet processing plants, the delta should upgrade the material facilities and renovate production lines of the current ones.

Binh Dai – Translated by Hai Mien

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