Illustration photo. (Photo: VNA)
Tra Vinh (VNA) – Three more Tra fish breeding facilities in Tieu Can District of the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh have earned the Global GAP certificate.

The three facilities - Tieu Can in Hung Hoa Commune, My Kieu in Tieu Can town and Kim Loan in Tap Ngai Commune- produce a combined 11.5 million fish fry a year.

Director of Tra Vinh aquacultural breeding centre Le Tan Thoi said the centre has assisted local small-scale breeding facilities in adapting to international standards in aquaculture, particularly in breeding Tra fish.

The fish is an export staple of the province, which is facing technical barriers in many markets in the world. The supply of fish fry meeting international standard will help ensure the quality of products for export, Thoi said.

In 2014, a cooperative of Tra fish farmers in Tra Vinh became the first small-scale fish farm in Vietnam to be awarded the Global GAP certificate for their 1.2 ha fish farm.

However, dropping prices of tra fish have discouraged local farmers. Last year, only 20 households in the province raised the fish on a total area of 10.4 ha, producing an output of 4,300 tonnes.-VNA