Vietnam has affirmed its strong commitment to the Colombo Declaration and Strategy to develop aquaculture in Asian countries towards food security, nutrition and economic development.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam made the affirmation in his speech delivered at the Meeting of Asian Ministers in Charge of Aquaculture, opened in Colombo , Sri Lanka , on July 28.

Tam and other Vietnamese delegates joined discussions on sustainable development of aquaculture for food security, nutrition and economic development.

The meeting was jointly held by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) in coordination with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Sri Lanka.

On the sidelines of the event, Deputy Minister Tam held talks with Sri Lankan Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Rajitha Senaratne on boosting bilateral cooperation in fisheries following the 2010-2013 working plan signed by the two countries in Hanoi in October 2009.

The two sides agreed to initially focus on farming lobsters, seaweeds, sea cucumbers, and brackish water prawns and setting up a joint working group to quickly and effectively realise what had been agreed./.