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Aquaculture promotion in mountainous regions

VIETNAM - Aquaculture promotion will be accelerated in mountainous areas where most ethnic minority people live, said Director of the National Aquaculture Promotion Centre Tran Van Quynh on Jan. 11. </b> <br><br> Fish and other aquatic products with high economic value such as grouper, madras snapper, flatfish, lobsters, oysters, clams, sea crabs and seaweed will be expanded. Aquaculture promotion will be carried out together with production in order to reduce prices, protect the environment and resources, and ensure food hygiene. <br><br> Quynh said that his centre has worked with relevant agencies to devise 10 key aquaculture promotion programmes for the 2006-2010 period that will be submitted to the Government for approval. They include programmes on shrimp, tilapia, tra and basa catfish, clams, seaweed, and brackish and freshwater fish breeding as well as seafood processing and preservation. <br><br> Thanks to aquaculture promotion, fish rearing has developed rapidly nationwide and aqua farmers have access to new techniques. From 1999 to 2005, more than 377,240 ha of land have been shifted to aquaculture. <br><br> <i>Source: VNEconomy</i>

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