Localities in the Mekong Delta region plan to produce up to 1.3 million tonnes of tra fish this year, aiming for 650,000-680,000 tonnes in export volume and 1.75 billion USD in value.

According to the Vietnam Tra Fish Association, in order to reach the target, the region will expand its farming area to 5,500-6,000 hectares, focused in the major aquaculture provinces of Dong Thap, An Giang, Ben Tre, and Can Tho city.

Meanwhile, the localities have upgraded tra fish breeding production facilities to raise their breeding capacity to 2.5-3 billion fry per year. They will also sign contracts with processors to ensure stable markets for tra fish, the association said.

Local producers will also broaden the domestic market, while increasing the application of advanced technologies used in production, enhancing the quality of tra fish and diversifying processed products, it added.

In addition, local governments will help farmers and enterprises update the situation of global and domestic markets and strengthen the market forecast in order for them to make proper adjustments.

Environmentally-friendly farming models will also be encouraged, the association added, proposing that the government issue national technical standards in the field as soon as possible, creating a basis for the management of tra fish quality and allowing farmers to apply international standards in tra fish farming.-VNA