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Ca Mau (VNA) – Exports from the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau rose by 4.8 percent in the first half of 2018 to 441 million USD, with aquatic products making up a majority of the total.

The province’s aquatic exports were estimated at 428 million USD from January to June this year, up 5.1 percent year-on-year. Export markets were expanding, recording a growth of 37.2 percent in value, with significant rises seen in thoses to Australia (up 33.45 percent year-on-year), and Japan (up 16.38 percent).

According to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Lam Van Bi, the province has adopted a number of support policies to help local businesses tackle difficulties, while public administrative reforms have also been accelerated to facilitate production and business development.

Meanwhile, local seafood exporters have invested in more advanced technology and scaled up the production of high value added products. At the same time, they have also put more efforts into market research to look for new markets.

Ca Mau authorities have cooperated with Vietnamese embassies and trade offices overseas to organise business-to-business meetings, connecting local exporters and foreign importers. In addition, the province has actively supported local enterprises in taking part in trade fairs both at home and abroad, and in seeking business opportunities in countries Vietnam has inked free trade agreements with.

Furthermore, the province advised farmers to cultivate shrimps during certain periods that allow them to avoid harvesting shrimps at the same time as other large shrimp exporting countries.

Farmers have paid more attention to shrimp harvesting and preservation to ensure top quality in their products. They have also strictly followed safety rules, not using antibiotics in shrimp farming nor injecting harmful additives in shrimps.

These factors have helped stablise shrimp prices and improve the competitiveness of local shrimp products. –VNA