Shrimp harvesting in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu (Photo: VNA)
Bac Lieu (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu strives to rake in 785 million USD from exports in 2016, up 400 million USD against the previous year.

Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Luong Ngoc Lan said the locality will continue to promote its economic strengths in seafood and rice processing.

A number of measures and policies have been designed to support businesses with capital and technology to sharpen their skills and enable quick access to market information and trade promotion, he said.

Local authorities have encouraged enterprises to step up investment and build new production chains as well as diversify and increase highly-added values of products, especially aquatic ones, he added.

The agriculture sector will prioritise the implementation of combined production models such as rice-shrimp and shrimp-crab-fish and pour grid investment in industrial shrimp breeding on 15,000 hectares in the southern part of the province to meet Vietnam Agriculture Practice (VietGap) standards.

Local businesses and farmers also pay heed to developing large-scale fields according to VietGap standards and embrace links with partners in southern Ho Chi Minh City to sell products and erect a food processing plant for export in Hong Dan district.

Strict management will be conducted on veterinary medicine and seafood trading activities to ensure their origin, while many off-shore fishing groups will be set up, Lan said.-VNA