The aquatic sector has been deemed the top development priority of the southernmost province of Ca Mau with a targeted 800,000-900,000 tonnes in output and 1.8 billion USD in exports by 2020.

Promotion activities in the sector have been designed to raise local per capita income to 1,600 USD in 2015 and 3,000 USD by 2020.

The province plans to focus on transferring science and technology as well as developing breeding, offshore fishing, and exports.

Training courses offered by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Department of Science and Technology will help local farmers improve their awareness and understanding of aquaculture techniques. Outstanding individuals will be sent to other localities in Vietnam and abroad to learn about effective farming models.

Ca Mau currently boasts 500 farms supplying 7 billion juvenile shrimp a year and meeting 30 percent of demand. It targets to raise the respective figures to 1,000 farms, 18 billion juvenile shrimp, and 70 percent of demand by 2020.

Meanwhile, the province plans to hasten the implementation of Government Decree 67 on encouraging fishermen to build high-capacity steel offshore fishing ships and develop fishery logistics services concurrently to ensure efficiency.

Promotional activities will also be intensified abroad to boost exports. Local seafood is currently exported to more than 50 countries and territories around the world.

At present, Ca Mau has 290,000 hectares of land used for aquaculture and nearly 4,000 fishing boats generating an average annual output of 480,000 tonnes, though the output is widely believed to be far below its potential.

The province saw an aquatic output of 490,000 tonnes in 2014, the highest output recorded and representing an annual increase of 10.3 percent.

Roughly 180,000 tonnes were processed for export, bringing home 1.3 billion USD—a 200 million USD increase from a year earlier, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Van Su told the Vietnamese News Agency in a separate report.

Ca Mau boats a coastline of more than 254 kilometres, equivalent to one third of the Mekong Delta’s coastline, and a fishing ground of 71,000 square kilometres considered to be one of the four key fishing grounds in Vietnam, according to the province’s portal.-VNA