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MARD to Find Viet Nam's True Fisheries Potential

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VIET NAM - The fisheries sector needs an overall strategy to ensure sustainable development and make the most of its full potential, said an official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Discussing the need for such a strategy for the sector until 2020, at a seminar in Hai Phong on Mar. 31, Prof. Dr. Le Tieu La, deputy director of the Vietnam Fisheries Economics and Planning Institute under the MARD, said that the lack of a development strategy had caused many difficulties to farmers. He also pointed out the sector’s poor infrastructure and low competitiveness.

To achieve this year’s objectives, the MARD has asked all localities to ensure standards of hygiene and food safety in aquaculture areas, expand shrimp raising areas, re-structure the production of tra catfish and shrimp and make a great effort to attract investment.

Over the past 20 years, the fisheries industry has developed remarkably with an annual growth rate of 6-10 percent in the 1985-2008 period, increasing its output from 1.16 million tonnes in 1985 to 4.6 million tonnes in 2008. This year, the industry is aiming for an export turnover of US$4 billion.

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