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Vietnam catfish export to surge this year

VIET NAM - Vietnam is estimated to ship abroad some 1 billion US dollars worth of tra and basa, two most common types of catfish in the country, in 2007, up from 661 million dollars in 2006 and 328 million dollars in 2005.

Vietnam will post an output of some 1 million tons of tra and basa this year, up from 750,000 tons last year. In 2006, up to 46 percent of the Vietnamese catfish was exported to the European Union, 11.2 percent to Russia, 9.8 percent to the United States and 8.7 percent to Southeast Asia.

Vietnam earned nearly 3.4 billion dollars from exporting different kinds of seafood in 2006, up 23.1 percent against 2005. It has targeted an annual seafood export growth of over 9 percent in the 2006-2010 period.

Source: People's Daily Online