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Hanoi (VNA) –Total tilapia fish farming area nationwide is set to span 33,000 hectares with the volume of breeding cages reaching 1,500,000 cubic metres by 2020.

By 2030, the figures are expected to stand at 40,000 hectares and 1,800,000 cubic metres, according to a plan recently approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Under the plan, tilapia will be reared in areas in the northern midland and mountainous region, the Red River Delta, the north and south central regions, the Central Highlands, and the west and east southern regions.

Vietnam currently boasts 600 aquatic product processing facilities with total yearly capacity of 2.8 million tonnes.

Vietnam is eyeing 60 countries and territories for export with an estimated volume in excess of 32 million USD, including major markets of the US, Spain and Colombia.

Tilapias for export are processed into skin-on fillets, skinless fillets and frozen whole fish.-VNA