Seafood processing fuels export in Tien Giang hinh anh 1Processing Tra fish for export (Photo: VNA)

Tien Giang (VNA) – Agricultural exports in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang hit 1.14 billion USD in the first half of 2017, up 25.4 percent year on year.

According to Ngo Van Tuan, director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, shipments of processed seafood, particularly Tra fish, drove the export growth.

The 6-month export value of local fishery commodities, of which 90 percent were Tra fish products, increased 5.3 percent from last year to 132.6 million USD.

Tien Giang Tra fish has to date been exported to 50 markets across the globe.

Rice exports were also a highlight, growing 50 percent during the period compared to last year, with more than 115,000 tonnes of rice shipped overseas, reeling in 55.7 million USD.

Tuan said the outcomes are a good start for Tien Giang to realise its export goal of 2.35 billion USD for 2017. The target represents a year-on-year climb of 11.4 percent.

The outcomes also reflects efforts from local authorities and business communities, he noted, adding that the province is working to overcome trade barriers by overhauling local production assembly lines to ensure food safety and goods origins.-VNA