Seafood association proposes dialogue on tra fish decree

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep) has proposed the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to hold a direct dialogue with tra fish businesses on a  decree of  tra fish farming, processing and export.

A tra fish processing plant in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)
The government decree on tra fish farming, processing and export has been issued this year and is implemented by the ministry in efforts to streamline the overdeveloped and out of control tra fish industry.

Tra fish processing and exporting companies in the Mekong Delta have raised objections against some regulations in the decree.

Vasep has many times suggested in writing that the Prime Minister and the ministry should change some unsuitable regulations on the fish quality and procedures. However, it has not received any respond yet.

Therefore, the association one again proposed the Prime Minister to instruct related agencies to organize a public dialogue between leaders from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and tra fish enterprises in the Mekong Delta in early September.

The talk will be attended by representatives from the Ministries of Industry and Trade, Finance, and Justice, the Government Office, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and people’s committees from tra fish farming provinces, according to the proposal.

The dialogue is to prevent wrong information and incorrect evaluation about the businesses’ opinions and find reasonable measures.

According to the decree, tra fish farming locations will be reorganized. By the end of next year, all farms must meet VietGap quality standards.

Businesses are required to register their export contracts with the Vietnam Pangasius Association and get the association’s confirmation for customs clearance.

The decree comprises a floor price regulation to prevent losses for farmers.

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By Cong Phien – Translated by Hai Mien

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