The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) held a discussion with the People’s Committee of central Khanh Hoa province on June 2 regarding the construction of a fisheries centre in the South Central region this year.

The 46-hectare fisheries centre will be built between 2015 and 2018 at a total cost of over 1.56 trillion VND (71.7 million USD), including 184 billion VND (8.4 million USD) of Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) fund, 732 billion VND (33.56 million USD) from the State budget, 120 billion VND (5.5 million USD) from the local budget and 528 billion VND (24.2 million USD) from the private sector.

Located at Da Bac Port in Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province, the project is intended to assist local fishermen in logistics to improve the quality and value of fish and other aquatic species caught at sea.

MARD Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam stressed that once completed, the South Central fisheries centre would serve as an example for the construction of the remaining centres approved by the Prime Minister.

The provincial People’s Committee should work closely with relevant bodies to prepare necessary paperwork and draw up a detailed plan for the project, he said, adding that the centre should include proper shelter for fishing vessels during storms.

Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee Dao Cong Thien noted that the province has been working on a plan to upgrade the Da Bac fish port to first class standards.

The south-central fisheries centre is among five centres to be built nationwide from 2015-2020. The remaining are located in Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Kien Gian provinces, Da Nang and Hai Phong city.

Each will have a wholesale market, a refrigerated fish-storage area, a fresh fish storage area, a fishing port and other facilities.

The fishery centre ports are expected to be capable of accommodating vessels weighing up to 20,000 tonnes and offer a storm shelter for fishing boats.-VNA