The aquaculture sector sets a target of earning 8.5 billion USD from exports in 2015, up 10.7 percent year-on-year.

Speaking at the Directorate of Fisheries’ year-end conference in Hanoi on December 26, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said that the sector will strive for a total output of 6.65 million tonnes, including 3.95 million tonnes from farming.

To achieve the goals, the directorate will focus on controlling diseases, and improving the farming environment, Tam said.

It will also implement tasks mentioned in the sector’s development strategy and plan by 2020, he added.

In 2014, despite difficulties and challenges relating to weather, diseases, market barriers and the East Sea issue, the sector recorded a total output of 6.3 million tonnes, up 4.4 percent against the previous year.

Its exports fetched 7.92 billion USD, rising by 18 percent and surpassing the set target by 11.6 percent.-VNA