Vietnam ’s tra fish exports were worth 828.6 million USD in the first half of this year, the Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters has reported.

It represents an increase of 27 percent year-on-year, while volume was up 4.9 percent.

The average export price in June was 2.79 USD a kilogramme compared to 2.15 USD a year earlier.

Exports to the US have rocketed this year, nearly doubling to more than 118 million USD by June 15.

Exports to South American countries and ASEAN members were also sharply up, including a 137 percent rise in shipments to Brazil , and 42 percent to Singapore , Thailand and the Philippines .

Speaking at a meeting held in Can Tho last week, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said the production and consumption of tra in the first half had exceeded targets.

Tam attributed this to the sector's focus on quality rather than quantity, the improving global image of Vietnamese tra, and the close co-operation between farmers and processors.

By the end of June the area under tra fish farms had risen by 385ha year-on-year to 3,980ha. Of this, 1,933ha have been harvested, yielding 597,324 tonnes./.