According to the South West Region’s Steering Committee, the Mekong Delta produced 2.8 million tonnes of aquatic products during the first nine months of this year, of which 1.8 million tonnes came from aquaculture.

The output increased by 140,000 tonnes compared to the same period last year, helping the region earn more than 3.4 billion USD from aquatic export, up by 19 percent year-on-year.

The provinces of Kien Giang and Ca Mau produced the most, with a combined 830,000 tonnes.

The provinces increased their offshore fishing fleet and aquacultural production areas to 800,000ha. The Safe Quality Food 100 (SQF 100), Vietnam Good Agricultural Practice (VietGAP), and Global GAP models are being applied, enterprises are encouraged and helped to update technology and train their workers to improve their skills and to meet the requirement of international markets.

Additionally, water management, post-harvest, processing, and export activities of aquatic farms and processing factories have been put under strict management in accordance with international standards.

Moreover, the provinces are creating conditions for producers to sell their goods more efficiently at markets and restaurants in the Mekong Delta region, with 1,500 tonnes of fresh and frozen seafood being traded a day.-VNA