Boosting aquaculture to improve value of aquatic products

Thursday, 2021-06-10 18:25:05
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Vietnam is expected to achieve a total aquatic output of 8.5 million tonnes in 2021. (Illustrative image/THANH NHA)
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NDO - The agricultural sector will continue to reduce fishing while increasing aquaculture, especially marine farming, and reducing post-harvest losses to enhance the quality and value of aquatic products.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien made the statement at an online meeting on solutions to improve the efficiency of fishing, processing and consumption of aquatic products held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in Hanoi on June 10.

Tien noted that the aquatic sector is drastically implementing the Fisheries Law 2017 and the European Commission's recommendations on fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

The MARD will also focus on investigating resources and forecasting fishing grounds as well as managing fishing vessels and fishery infrastructure and logistics.

Tien said that the ministry is proposing the Government loan projects for fisheries infrastructure to ensure the sustainable development of the sector.

He also emphasised the importance of marine conservation to serve exports and sustainable increases to the value of marine products.

The agriculture sector should synchronously implement all three pillars of exploitation, conservation and cultivation in alignment with the processing of aquatic products in order to achieve the goals set for 2030 with a vision to 2045, Tien added.

Vietnam is expected to achieve a total aquatic output of 8.5 million tonnes in 2021, including 3.61 million tonnes of fishing output and 4.9 million tonnes of aquaculture output, with total aquatic export revenue of US$8.6 billion.

The country has 620 industrial-scale seafood processing establishments, including 415 factories meeting export standards to Japan, the US, the EU and other fastidious markets.