The Mekong Delta has exported 377,000 tonnes of tra fish, worth 1.1
billion USD so far this year, to 133 countries and territories across
This represents a drop of 3.2 percent
against the same period last year, according to the Mekong Delta’s
steering committee for tra fish production and consumption.
The US, EU and ASEAN currently consume 59 percent of the region’s total tra fish exports.
This year the region has produced 833,000 tonnes of tra fish, which
were reared in over 3,000 hectares of fish farms, with an average
productivity of 265 tonnes per hectare.
of fish farms has increased by 66 percent and productivity is up 25
tonnes per hectare over the same period last year.
However, the sector is facing a wide range of difficulties including a
decline in prices since the end of March this year and a shortage of
To deal with these difficulties, the
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has instructed the Mekong
Delta to retain a minimum of 5,500 hectares for breeding this year.
It is essential for regional provinces to pay more attention to the
quality of the fry and the fish food when breeding, while developing the
market for tra fish.
The ministry has also proposed
that the Government introduces a series of supportive measures for
businesses, including extending the deadlines on loans and providing
businesses that have capital difficulties with access to loans.-VNA