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VND 850 billion for aquaculture biotechnology

VIET NAM - More than VND 850 billion will be invested in a project to develop and apply biotechnology in the fisheries sector

The project, which begins immediatly will run until 2020, was presented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at a conference in Hanoi on yesterday. It aims to create a breakthrough in aquaculture development and post-harvest technology and so improve productivity and product quality.

The ministry said it hopes the project will help ensure sustainable development of the fisheries sector and improve the competitive edge of Vietnam’s aquatic products.

It's key objectives are to focus on preserving and developing gene sources alongside developing new varieties of aquatic products. It will also support research on feed, disease prevention and treatment, and the management of aquaculture environments.

Control of processed product quality, development of an aquatic biotechnological industry, improving human resources and equipment, and promoting international co-operation are also earmarked for further development work.

Delegates attending the aquaculture conference said the fisheries sector had applied biotechnologies in production and processing, including traditional biotechnologies, however it still faced many challenges.

Key concerns included the application of biotechnology, under funding and a shortage of skilled staff.