Seven Mekong Delta coastal provinces, namely Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau and Kien Giang, have made plans to expand their mollusc growing area to 28,000 ha in 2015, up 5,600 ha from 2013, said the Steering Committee for the South-Western region.

The provinces have also set a combined target of reaching an output of over 206,000 tonnes of produce and 188 million USD from exports.

Nguyen Phong Quang, deputy head of the committee, said all provinces will apply advanced technologies to their production, towards reaching a minimum average yield of 7.3 tonnes per hectare.

The localities will also further promote a sustainable oyster farming model in several areas that have advantageous natural conditions, he added.

Apart from areas for farming oysters, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang and Ca Mau provinces also pay attention to protecting natural oyster habitats by banning local people from harvesting them in breeding seasons.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has also invested in building facilities for producing breeding blood oysters in Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang and Kien Giang, with a hope of producing 15 billion young oysters per year.-VNA