The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development plans to build five fisheries centres across the country between 2015-2020, heard a conference held in Rach Gia city, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on December 16.

Located in northern Hai Phong city, central Da Nang city, central Khanh Hoa province and Kien Giang, the centres will include fishing ports and logistics facilities. The Khanh Hoa centre is expected to commence next year.

The ministry will also invest nearly 6.4 trillion VND (299.4 million USD) in building storm shelters for fishing vessels. A report delivered at the conference showed that between 2010 and 2014, the country invested in 70 storm shelters, mainly in the Tonkin Gulf and the central, southeastern and southwestern coastal areas. Of which, 42 were completed, accommodating over 31,000 fishing ships.

According to the ministry’s General Department of Fisheries, during the above-said period, around 244 billion VND (11.4 million USD) from the State budget was poured into upgrading and expanding Quy Nhon, Phan Thiet, Binh Dai, Lach Bang and Sa Ky fishing ports.

In addition, another 17 fishing ports in the country were also upgraded thanks to a 30 million USD loan from the World Bank.-VNA