The Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is planning to promote the Thai fishery industry and pushing the country as a seafood hub of ASEAN in 2015.

According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Siriwat Kajornprasart, a strategy to that effect has been devised since October 2012, giving emphasis to food quality control, sustainable production of marine lives and processed products, and research and development to reduce costs

Under the strategy, quality control measures will be improved to match the global standards in every step of production to give the competitive edge to the exports of Thai seafood products.

The Deputy Minister said the establishment of cooperation between Thailand and other ASEAN nations is also included in the strategic plan to conserve marine populations while being able to sustain the production of seafood.

Joint fishing ventures will be promoted among ASEAN members while world-class exhibitions will be organised in the country to publicise Thai seafood products to the world.

Fisheries bring in 200 billion THB in revenue to Thailand annually, accounting for 1.5 percent of the GDP.-VNA/NNT