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30 per cent Aquaculture to be VietGap Certified by 2015

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VIET NAM - By 2015, 30 per cent of intensive and semi-intensive aquaculture systems will be VietGAP certified and this percentage is expected to grow to 80 per cent in 2020.

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The application of VietGAP standards is considered a crucial measure to minimise the negative impacts of aquaculture, to develop sustainable farming, to enhance product value and to promote export activities, reports VASEP.

Pangasius and shrimp, two major farmed species, are equally economically efficient. Pangasius production reached 1.1 million MT with a total farming area of 5,200 ha while brackish water shrimp yield was 550,000 MT from the total farming area of 666,000 ha.

Mekong Delta is the largest area of farming for these species.