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Viet Nam Plans to Build Six Fisheries Logistic Centers

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VIET NAM - The Government of Viet Nam has approved a project to set up six fisheries logistic service centers based on key fishing grounds in many regions throughout the country.

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The project plans to establish a fisheries logistic center in Hai Phong province based on Tonkin Gulf fishing ground, a center in Da Nang province based on the East Sea and Paracel Islands fishing ground, a center in Khanh Hoa province based on South Central Coast and Spratley Islands, a center in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province based on Southeast region, a center in Kien Giang based on South Western, and a center in Can Tho province based on the Mekong River Delta, reports VASEP.

According to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the provinces are choosing experienced consultants to design centers which cover high-tech fishing ports. In the future, these fishing ports can be expanded into international fishing ports which can meet criteria for seafood imports and exports.

Logistics centers encompasses trade services, services of credit, cold stores, fuels, fishing gears, equipments used for offshore fishing operations. The centers include seafood processing plants applied modern technologies. Other functions such as industrial parks, training centers for fishermen will be included in the centers.

From now to 2015, MARD will call for investments in building national fisheries logistic centers in the Central Coast based on traditional fishing ground in Paracel and Spratley Islands. The region has over 46,000 fishing boats and 200,000 workers in fishery sector, 132 seafood processors under industrial scale.

Seafood export turnover by the Central Coast in 2013 hit nearly $700 million. However, almost fishing boats in the locality has small capacity, post-harvest preservation was limited, local workers in the sector are not well trained.

The capital for building the centers will come partly from state budget and the others from enterprises' contribution.

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