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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.


“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

More education opportunities for ethnic minority students in Tra Vinh

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

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

Young interpreter helps foreigners visit Tra Vinh

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:06 am

An 11 year old boy with good English skills has become an familliar interpreter for foreign visitors to his hometown in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.


Tran Quang Khai poses with his foreign friends in Tra Vinh Province (Photo: SGGP)

Tran Quang Khai’s mother believed that her father, a retired English teacher, has triggered Khai’s aptitude for English as he usually sang English songs while bathing the boy since the boy was a baby.

Since being at grade 2, Khai was enrolled for an English class at Victory foreign language center of Tra Vinh University, where he became the youngest student.

Up to now, Khai has obtained many international certificates like Cambridge Young Learners English Test-STARTERS, MOVERS and FLYERS and KET Certificate of the Cambridge University in England.

Recalling the path of becoming an amateur interpreter, Khai told during the last Tet holidays, he saw an American man asking to buy a bicycle at a park. However, no one understood what he said.

Thus, Khai guided the man to buy the bicycle. The boy then had lunch with the man and introduced him landscapes in Tra Vinh.

Thenceforward, whenever meeting foreigners, Khai actively gets acquaintance with them to practice English.

Khai has interpreted for hundreds of visitors from the US, Canada, French and Italia. He said he just wanted to help foreign visitors and to improve English.

Besides English, Khai is also good at other subjects, especially mathematics, literature and music with beautiful voice and polish piano performance.

Source: SGGP

US$ 4.5 billion to build economic zone in Tra Vinh

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm

US$ 4.5 billion to build economic zone in Tra Vinh

QĐND – Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:25 (GMT+7)

The Tra Vinh People’s Committee officially agreed on a project invested in by Le Hai Construction and Trade Ltd. to build Dinh Anh Economic Zone and a refinery in the province.

The project to build the economic zone, which was earlier approved by the Prime Minister, covers and area of 30,020 ha in the two districts of Tra Cu and Duyen Hai and costs some US$ 4.5 billion.

The economic zone is organised into two main sections: duty payable and duty free.

The first stage of the project will focus on the construction of a deep-water port and related sub-projects, Tra Cu tourist resort, residential areas, a power center, infrastructure in the duty free section and industrial section.

Under the approved plan, the economic zone will become one of key cultural and economic hubs in Mekong Delta and the two key subprojects are the deep-water port and the refinery.

Source: TPO

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Mekong Delta to export 600,000 tonnes of tra fish in 2010

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 1:08 am

Mekong Delta to export 600,000 tonnes of tra fish in 2010

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:55 (GMT+7)

The Mekong Delta provinces will export 600,000 tonnes of tra fish in 2010, worth 1.5 billion USD, up nearly 160 million USD over the previous year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

To achieve this goal, the region will expand the tra breeding area to 8,600 hectares this year, up 2,440 hectares against 2008. The expansion will be mostly in Dong Thap, An Giang, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Hau Giang, Ben Tre province and Can Tho city.

The Mekong Delta provinces pledge to created favourable conditions for local farmers to boost sales on the domestic market through wholesale fish markets, restaurants and hotels.

To ensure an adequate long-term supply of tra fish, MARD plans to establish four high-quality breeding farms in An Giang, Dong Thap, Ben Tre province and Can Tho city. The ministry will also equip nine tra farming provinces and cities with a laboratory to check on the quality of feeds, fish fries and fish products.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

First Vietnam tra fish company granted GAP certificate

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

First Vietnam tra fish company granted GAP certificate

QĐND – Saturday, April 10, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

The NTACO Joint Stock Company (NTACO) has received the Global Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) certificate, becoming the second seafood business and the first tra fish company in Vietnam to be awarded the certificate.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), the Global GAP certificate was granted by the Dutch food standards agency, the CUC, to the company’s 30-ha farm in My Thoi Ward, Long Xuyen City in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.

With this certificate, the value of NTACO’s products is expected to increase by over 15 percent and the company will have more opportunities to penetrate into strictly controlled markets.

In the first quarter of this year, NTACO’s export turnover reached 3.7 million USD, up 70 percent compared to the same period last year. At present, the company’s tra and basa fish products are sold to more than 40 countries and territories worldwide.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Plan to develop tra catfish industry in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2008 at 2:25 am

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has passed a plan on development of production and sales of tra catfish in the Mekong Delta until 2010, with further orientations towards 2020.

The breeding of tra fish will be developed in favourable water areas such as the Tien and Hau rivers. Water and land areas will be also zoned off for the production of fries and for fish processing factories in Can Tho city and An Giang, Dong Thap, Vinh Long, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces.

The plan aims at increasing the tra catfish farming acreage in the Mekong Delta to 8,600 ha by 2010, and 13,000 ha by 2020 for an annual output of 1.25 million tonnes and 1.85 million tonnes, respectively.

The region’s exports of tra catfish are estimated to increase by an average of 5.9 percent per year, fetching about 1.5 billion USD by 2010 and 2.3 billion USD by 2020.

This increase in fish production and processing will also generate more jobs for local workers, with the number of workers involved in this sector estimated to increase from 200,000 in 2010 to 250,000 in 2020.

According to the MARD, tra and basa catfish have become Vietnam ’s key seafood export staples, with growth rates of 77 percent in volume and 52 percent in value compared to the same period last year. Export turnover exceeded 1 billion USD for the first nine months of 2008.

Over the past nine months, Russia has emerged as the largest market for Vietnam ’s tra and basa catfish, with an import value of 155.6 million USD, representing a year-on-year increase of 188 percent. It was followed by Ukraine , with 104.7 million USD, a year-on-year increase of 255 percent.

Vietnam ’s tra catfish is currently exported to 107 countries and territories. The country is actively diversifying its seafood markets, considering it an important measure to ensure a firm foothold for Vietnamese tra catfish in the global market.

To ensure continued growth in exports of tra catfish, businesses should agree on export prices and ensure high quality of export products, said MARD Deputy Minister Luong Le Phuong.

This year, tra fish exports are expected to exeed 1.5 billion USD.-