The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu hopes to earn 447 million USD from exporting agricultural products in 2015, a 47 million USD increase from 2014.

According to Luong Ngoc Lan, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bac Lieu will focus on promoting aquaculture and offshore fishing, while implementing effective models of shrimp, rice-shrimp, and shrimp-crab-fish farming.

Additionally, emphasis will be placed on intensifying intensive and semi-intensive shrimp farming, as well as developing large-scale rice field models which apply the Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice (VietGap) in the year.

In an effort to realise this lofty target, local authorities have taken measures and implemented incentives related to capital, technology, and training, as well as enhanced trade promotion activities to further support local exporters. They have also encouraged processing enterprises to apply the latest technologies to their production lines to create higher quality products.

Veterinary medicine trading and breeding production within the province will be strictly inspected and managed.

Thanks to the State’s support policies, Bac Lieu harvested 282,000 tonnes of aquatic products in 2014, 109 percent of the yearly target, earned more than 430 million USD from seafood exports, 4 percent above the 2014 goal.-VNA