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Vinh Long produces breeding tra fish in Global Gap standard

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:26 am

The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long has carried out two key projects to enhance tra fish breeds for the catfish development program by 2020.

Farmers harvest tra fish in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)

Accordingly, the first project is estimated to cost VND300 million (US$15,000) and will produce breeding tra fish in the Global Gap standard, at Vinh Long aquatic breeding farm.


The second is to join the Vinh Long Agriculture Seed Center’s project, which will hand the technology to produce high quality tra fish breeds over to provinces in the delta.


Global Gap is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of production processes of agricultural (including aquaculture) products around the globe.

Source: SGGP

Tra fish farmers earn big bucks with exporters

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 9:26 am

While most fish farmers in the Mekong Delta are anxious about World Wildlife Fund putting Vietnam’s tra fish on “Don’t buy” list, those in Dong Thap Province’s Hong Ngu District still enjoyed a booming yield thanks to the cooperative model.

(Photo: http://www.hungvuongpanga.com)

“I have just harvested 1,000 tons of small fishes weighted 750-850 gram per one and earned the highest-ever net profit of more than VND3 billion (US$150,000) from selling to the seafood exporter Bianfishco at the price of VND23,000 per kilogram,” said farmer Ho Thi Kim Tho of Hong Ngu District.


Tho said she made a big profit of more than VND8 billion from nearly 3,000 tons of tra fishes so far this year as local exporters bought at high prices.


“I earned more than VND5 billion from selling 2,000 tons of fishes to Bianfishco. This is the amount that I’ve dared not to dream of before,” Nam Phuc, another farmer in the district, said.


Farmers said the cooperation with local seafood exporters helped them made good profits this year. “Since we cooperated with seafood firms, we’ve not been worried about finding buyers, while they helped us to improve our breeding methods,” said a fish farmer in Hong Ngu District.


Bianfishco, also known as Binh An Seafood Co., said it bought fishes from farmers in the Mekong Delta’s provinces of Can Tho, An Giang and Vinh Long to export into the U.S. and Euro.


The cooperative model with farmers directly selling fishes to seafood enterprises was proving to be an adequate way to boost the seafood industry’s growth, said deputy minister of agriculture and rural development Luong Le Phuong.


The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development asked relevant units to shut down the seafood plants, which are not qualified for hygiene standards.


The Ministry also instructed the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) to adjust their seafood firms ranking, relying on quality instead of quantity.


Raising exported pangasius price
At a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s 20 leading seafood exporters came to an agreement to raise the exported price of tra fish white fillet to $3 per kilogram and red fillet to $2.05 per kilogram. The increase will not be applied to the U.S.’s buyers.


Raising exported prices will encourage local exporters to buy tra fishes at the price of VND21,000 per kilogram or more, which will ensure farmers can make good profits, according to VASEP.


Statistics from the State Bank of Vietnam show that the outstanding loans for agriculture sector reached more than VND358 trillion ($17.9 billion) in the first ten months of the year, of which loans for tra fish farmers rising by 10.5 times of 1998’s figure.

Source: SGGP

Floor price for Tra fish comes into effect

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm




Floor price for Tra fish comes into effect


QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The floor prices for exports of Tra fish will be enforced by the first quarter of next year, said Duong Ngoc Minh, Deputy Head of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).


This is the result of a meeting between 20 largest Tra fish exporters of VASEP at the end of last week.


Floor prices are now US$3/kg for white meat Tra fish and US$2.05/kg for the red meat. The prices for Tra fish bought from farmers must be more than US$1/kg.


These prices will not be applied in the US market due to the difference in payment methods relating to anti-dumping taxes.


Minh also said that the demand for Tra fish in the EU market is still rising despite being listed on the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) red list. EU customers want more Tra fish for fear of short in supply from Vietnam in the future.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Giant fish caught in Mekong River

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 11:21 am

Tra and basa fish need branding

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm




Tra and basa fish need branding


QĐND – Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

Seafood exporting and processing businesses and agro-forestry-aquatic product quality centres in localities need to have specific commercial brands for tra and basa fish when exporting overseas from December 31.


This decision was recently announced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Under the decision, businesses should choose authentic names for tra and basa fish when exporting their products.


They should work with importers to name their products for each country and get licensed to export their products to these markets as required.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Agency seeks clarification on cause of mass fish deaths in Dong Nai River

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

The Vietnam Environment Administration and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment ordered on June 29 that Ha Nam, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh provinces to explain the mass deaths of several fishes in the rivers that run through these regions by July 10.

Fishes of 52 floating fish cage farming households in Dong Nai River are all dead. (Photo: SGGP)

They also ordered these provinces to investigate the operation of manufacturing firms, which directly discharge wastewater into the rivers, evaluate damages to environment and economy and present solutions.


This move was made after Sai Gon Giai Phong Daily reported that fishes of 52 floating fish cage farming households in Dong Nai River were all dead.


In related news, representatives of Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park said that Hao Duong Leather Co., which has been continuously reported for discharging untreated wastewater, is in the process of connecting their own structures to the park’s central wastewater treatment system.


The park requested that wastewater treated by Hao Duong Co. must meet level C standard before joining the central system. Then, it would upgrade the wastewater into the level B category before discharging it into the Dien River, at a cost of VND5,000 per cubic meter.

Source: SGGP

Thousands of tons dead fish force farmers into debt

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Thousands of tons of fish raised by farmers in cages in southern province of Dong Nai have died, causing losses of tens of billion VND for dozens of fish breeders. However, the cause of death of the fish has yet to be determined.


A first wave of fish deaths occurred in the beginning of June.


Dead fish have forced many fish breeders to liquidate because their property was used to secure loans.

Masses of dead fish float densely on the water’s surface in a cage on the Dong Nai River. (Photo:SGGP)


At present, farmers of the Thong Nhat Ward are worrying about their livelihoods because total losses are too great to overcome, said a breeder.


According to a report from the local authorities, the amount of dead fish totals 56,000 tons so far, causing the farmers to lose tens of billion VND.


A somber, anxious atmosphere covers fishing households in the ward, Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper’s reporters recorded. Moreover, farmers’ anxiousness increases whenever their harvest comes near.


Vu Thanh Tuyen, a fish breeder said in nearly two weeks her family lost nearly two tons of fish while harvest was approaching. She said her family expended a great deal of money and effort in order to generate those fish.


Tuyen said her family has just been watching the fish die off and their dead bodies seem pile up in the cages.


The same situation occurred with other families in the ward, Tuyen said, adding, they do not know what to do.


The situation is forcing farmers to accumulate debt upon debt, said Tuyen.


Breeder Nguyen Duc Thang said his family has lost four tons of fish with total losses estimated around VND200 million (US$10,500). If fish continue to die in droves, his family would not be able to pay their debts, he said.


Thang’s wife remembers massive fish deaths of 2007, when her family had to sell land to pay debts. The same situation occurred again this year she has no more land to sell, she added.


Among fish breeders in the ward, Tran Duc Can’s family has suffered the greatest losses, estimated at VND1 billion ($53,000).


With surly face, Can said his family invested VND3 billion ($155,000) into dieu hong fish, breeding them over a total area of 5,000 square meters. However, from June 23-24, six tons of fish died, creating losses estimated at VND300 million ($15,700), not including the amount of fish that died from June 6-8.


With the situation of masses of fish dying, workers do not have anything to do, but many families still pay salaries. This has caused Can’s family and other families to face numerous difficulties, especially unpaid debts, he said.


According to Dong Nai Province’s Environmental Protection Department, the large amount of dead fish could adversely affect the quality of the local ecology and the lives of residents in adjacent areas.


According to people who feed and manage the fish farm, the main cause of fish die-off may be pollutants discharged from factories affecting the quality of water in the Dong Nai River.


Residents hope that the local authorities will resolve the issue as soon as possible in order to help famers continue breeding fish.


The Dong Nai river system plays an extremely important role in the development of 12 provinces and cities, including HCM City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Long An, Tay Ninh, Lam Dong, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan.
 
Approximately 60 industrial and export processing zones are located along the Dong Nai river basin, but just one-third of them have waste water treatment systems. The remaining discharge waste water goes into the river, causing serious pollution.

Source: SGGP

Scorching heat kills fish, vegetables in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Hundreds of fish breeders along the edges of Tam Giang Lagoon have been watching their fish die off en masse due to heat and pollution in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue over the last few weeks.

A farmer in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue examines a dead fish found in his Quang Dien District pond.

At Dang Phuoc Chut’s five fish ponds in Quang Phuoc Commune of Quang Dien District, groups of dead fish floating at the surface of the water are now emitting a foul smell.


Chut said the deaths had cost him over VND70 million (US$3,684).


Fish breeding is the main livelihood of hundreds of the commune’s households. Many fish bred in about 100 out of 170 local fish ponds have died, leaving farmers to accumulate debt upon debt.


The worst damages occurred in Mai Duong, Phuoc Lam and Phuoc Ly hamlets.


The hot and muggy weather has also coupled with diseases to kill a slew of shrimp bred in the province. As of now, shrimps bred on nearly 2,000 hectares of farms have died to ineffectual breeding methods.


In addition, several vegetable crop fields have yellowed and withered in the heat, putting over 1,200 Quang Dien District households in financial straits.


The district provides the market an average of 2,000 tons of fresh vegetables annually.


Farmer Nguyen Chinh said farmers have been forced to water their vegetables fields at 3am, when the electricity is not cut off, in the desperate hope of saving their crops.

Source: SGGP

Fish and shrimps run adrift into Da River shore

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 at 10:25 am

A strange phenomenon began occurring June 2 at the Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam in the lower Da River, mysteriously causing massive amounts of shrimp and fish to drift ashore.  It is unclear why the river is expelling so many shrimp and fish.

Massive amounts of shrimps and fishes drift Da River ashore on June 2. (Photo:vfei.vn)


The number of fish and shrimp washed up along the river is so gargantuan that people stand upon the embankments, easily able to gather over ten kilograms of seafood apiece.


Hundreds of people in Hoa Binh City flock to the river to watch in awe and bring home fish; some individuals have profited up to VND10,000 million (US$526) as a result of the surreal river incident.


According to some people within the Tan Thinh Ward, the culprit responsible for the bizarre development is heavy rainfall that has oversaturated the forest, which in turn has caused the river to become abnormally congested with tree leaves. As the theory goes, the washed up fish and shrimp experience an odd sensation from the overflow of foliage, and evict themselves from the river amidst their confusion.


Hoa Binh Province authorities have yet to examine the issue scientifically, while people continue to “catch” bounties of bewilderedly dead fish without forbiddance.

Source: SGGP

Ocean fish could disappear in 40 years: UN

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

NEW YORK (AFP) – The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 unless fishing fleets are slashed and stocks allowed to recover, UN experts warned.


“If the various estimates we have received… come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish,” Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program’s green economy initiative, told journalists in New York.


A Green Economy report due later this year by UNEP and outside experts argues this disaster can be avoided if subsidies to fishing fleets are slashed and fish are given protected zones — ultimately resulting in a thriving industry.

Fishmongers prepare bluefin tuna before an auction at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in February 2010. (AFP file)

The report, which was opened to preview Monday, also assesses how surging global demand in other key areas including energy and fresh water can be met while preventing ecological destruction around the planet.


UNEP director Achim Steiner said the world was “drawing down to the very capital” on which it relies.


However, “our institutions, our governments are perfectly capable of changing course, as we have seen with the extraordinary uptake of interest. Around, I think it is almost 30 countries now have engaged with us directly, and there are many others revising the policies on the green economy,” he said.


Environmental experts are mindful of the failure this March to push through a worldwide ban on trade in bluefin tuna, one of the many species said to be headed for extinction.


Powerful lobbying from Japan and other tuna-consuming countries defeated the proposal at the CITES conference on endangered species in Doha.


But UNEP’s warning Monday was that tuna only symbolizes a much vaster catastrophe, threatening economic, as well as environmental upheaval.


One billion people, mostly from poorer countries, rely on fish as their main animal protein source, according to the UN.


The Green Economy report estimates there are 35 million people fishing around the world on 20 million boats. About 170 million jobs depend directly or indirectly on the sector, bringing the total web of people financially linked to 520 million.


According to the UN, 30 percent of fish stocks have already collapsed, meaning they yield less than 10 percent of their former potential, while virtually all fisheries risk running out of commercially viable catches by 2050.


Currently only a quarter of fish stocks — mostly the cheaper, less desirable species — are considered to be in healthy numbers.


The main scourge, the UNEP report says, are government subsidies encouraging ever bigger fishing fleets chasing ever fewer fish, with little attempt made to allow the fish populations to recover.


The annual 27 billion dollars in government subsidies to fishing, mostly in rich countries, is “perverse,” Sukhdev said, since the entire value of fish caught is only 85 billion dollars.


As a result, fishing fleet capacity is “50 to 60 percent” higher than it should be, Sukhdev said.


Creating marine preservation areas to allow female fish to grow to full size, thereby hugely increasing their fertility, is one vital solution, the report says.


Another is restructuring the fishing fleets to favor smaller boats that — once fish stocks recover — would be able to land bigger catches.


“What is scarce here is fish,” Sukhdev said, “not the stock of fishing capacity.”

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Source: SGGP