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Govt intends to create brand identifying Vietnamese shrimp

by August 17, 2016 General

Vietnamese shrimp exports. (Photo: VASEP)

Govt intends to create brand identifying Vietnamese shrimp

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 23:10 (GMT + 9)

Vietnamese authorities consider it necessary to identify shrimp as a national strategic product to boost farming, enhance quality and build a globally-recognised Vietnamese shrimp brand.

The statement was made by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường in the framework a conference gathering shrimp producers and processors from 28 coastal provinces and cities, Viet Nam News reported.

The Minister stressed the potential the country has for shrimp production without forgetting the challenges they must face such as scattered farming, shortage of quality raw materials together with the lack of a comprehensive development strategy and value chain.

“The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, for the long term, will join hands with relevant agencies to build up a strategy for shrimp farming and processing towards a world-recognised Vietnamese shrimp brand,” pointed out Cường.

In addition, he urged local authorities at the Mekong Delta to enhance management towards all shrimp farming stages, from breeding to disease prevention, while shrimp farmers apply new farming techniques and technologies to improve shrimp quality.

Experts at the conference said that developing breeding shrimp became critical to boosting shrimp farming, adding that heavy reliance on imported breeding shrimp existed as a major challenge.

For his part, Đặng Quốc Tuấn, deputy director of Việt Úc Seafood, a leading shrimp farming company, said Việt Nam had a great opportunity to become one of the world’s biggest shrimp producers, given the chances coming from the participation in free trade agreements (FTAs) such as the ASEAN Economic Community and Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Meanwhile,Nguyễn Hoàng Anh, president of Bình Thuận Province Shrimp Association, stressed the fact that the quality of breeding shrimp will decide up to 70 per cent of the output of shrimp farming and ensured that the failure in controlling the origin and quality of breeding shrimp as well as managing the uses of chemicals were badly affecting shrimp quality.

The association proposed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development attach greater attention to shrimp breeding to ensure quality and promote domestic breeding.

Official statistics show that Việt Nam currently needed around 130 billion breeding shrimp every year, but local breeding could meet only 40 per cent of the demand. Besides, farming of whiteleg shrimp remained heavily reliant on imported breeding shrimp, mainly from the US, Singapore, Thailand and Mexico.

On the other hand, statistics from the Directorate of Fisheries revealed that as of June, Việt Nam had 1,750 giant tiger prawn breeding farms and another 510 white-leg shrimp breeding farms.In the first half of this year, shrimp output reached 191,000 tonnes.

The Việtnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers early this month forecast that Vietnamese shrimp exports would top USD 3 billion this year, after achieving USD1.4 billion in the year’s first half.