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Can Tho, (VNA) – The Mekong Delta region will have a centre for aquaculture in Can Tho city and a fishery centre in Kien Giang province, according to the national master plan for aquaculture development until 2020 with a vision to 2030.

The plan aims for the fast, strong and sustainable development of the region’s fishery sector.

Attention will be paid to attracting investments, promoting technology transfer in aquatic farming and processing, and drawing high-quality human resources from centres, institutes and universities to fishery development.

Head of the Southern Sub-Institute of Fisheries Planning Tran Hoai Giang said that the intensive development of the Mekong Delta aquaculture means promoting advantages and production capacity, and using natural resources and potential in accordance with the nation’s economic development orientations.

Aquaculture product processing and trading hold an important role in ensuring the sustainable development of aquatic farming, Giang stated, asking for the improvement of the processing and consumption system with regard to market demands and food hygiene and safety.

The Mekong Delta region boasts nearly 800,000 hectares of aquatic farming. It is home to more than 300 exported aquaculture product processors, accounting for nearly half of the nation’s total number, with a total processing capacity of over 1.2 million tonnes a year.

Fishing vessels in the region amount to 22,000, catching 1.2 million tonnes of seafood per year.-VNA