Processing Tra fish for export (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) –
The Vietnam Pangasius Association (VPA) will take various measures to achieve the stable and sustainable development of tra fish between now and 2019, said its new Chairman Duong Nghia Quoc at the VPA’s second Congress in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on June 19.

Specifically, the VPA will improve the quality of tra fish, from the stage of choosing fries to cleaning breeding facilities, as well as enhance corporate capacity for adapting to strict technical barriers in the future, considering it a top task to the sector.

According to Nghia, the improvement is prompted by the European Union’s demand for quality products and the US’s anti-dumping taxes and Farm Bill Act that set barriers to farm produce imports.

VPA’s members will be guided how to adapt to free trade agreements, particularly the US’s Farm Bill, and expand the growth of promising markets to at least 10 percent.

Improving the value chain, refining databases and launching an information network will be aided by a map of the tra fish sector in the Mekong Delta that is to be devised by the VPA.

Trade promotion programmes, including exhibitions and fairs, will give trade fish breeders and processors a full and correct picture of the markets at home and abroad, Quoc said.

The customs statistics showed that Vietnam raked in 1.44 billion USD from tra fish export to 132 countries and territories in 2015.-VNA