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Tra Breeding Industry to be Developed

5 March 2013, at 12:00am

VIET NAM - The Viet Nam Tra Fish Association (VTFA) has been established to boost the development of the tra fish breeding industry.

The congress elected 47 members for the VTFA’s Executive Committee, with Nguyen Viet Thang, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, as the association’s chairman for the 2013-2015 term, reports VNS.

Reports show that areas under tra fish breeding in the Mekong Delta have declined by 1.03 per cent annually between 2008 and 2012.

Areas under tra fish breeding in the Mekong Delta now stand at about 6,000 hectares, mainly located along Tien (Anterior Mekong) and Hau (Posterior Mekong) rivers, with farmers’ efforts focused on enhancing tra fish quality and values.

The association is targeting tra fish output of 1.2 to 1.5 million tonnes by 2015, with 800,000 tonnes of tra fish products for export and 150,000 tonnes for domestic consumption, said the newspaper.

With these targets, the country’s tra fish sector can earn export turnover of US$1.8 to $2.25 billion, and create employment opportunities for 23,000 labourers.

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