The Mekong Delta provinces shipped 237,000 tonnes of tra fish in the first five months of this year, earning a revenue of 616 million USD, down 6 percent over the same period last year.

The largest importers of Vietnamese tra fish were the EU, ASEAN, the US, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, China and Hong Kong.

In the five-month period, tra exports saw reductions in price and volume in many traditional markets.

The regional provinces zoned off 5,700 hectares of water surface for tra fish breeding and supplied 390,000 tonnes of material tra fish for processing factories.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, local breeders still face difficulties as production costs are higher than selling prices and they find it hard to access bank loans.

To help the farmers, the provinces have sent technical staffs to guide them how to produce tra fish meeting standards for export. They have also encouraged the breeders to apply new farming measures in order to raise the fish quality.-VNA