Aquaculture output grows 4.17 percent to 4.75 million tonnes hinh anh 1A shrimp farm in Tran De district, the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam's aquaculture output is estimated at 4.75 million tonnes this year, rising by some 4.17 percent from 2020, according to the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Of which, the output of tra fish, a major foreign currency earner, stood at 1.5 million tonnes, equivalent to last year's figure.

The directorate predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic may continue developing complicatedly in 2022, directly affecting logistics and subsequently production and business activities of the fisheries sector. Processing firms may face material shortages in the first quarter of next year.

Given this, MARD will order localities to press on with farming so as to ensure sufficient supply of materials for processing in 2022, the directorate added.

This year’s aquatic product exports are estimated at 8.89 billion USD, posting a year-on-year increase of 5.7 percent, data from the Directorate of Fisheries show./.