Law & Legal Updates / Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fishery /

Target program on sustainable aquaculture development approved

Nov 18, 2017 204
Target program on sustainable aquaculture development approved

The average aquatic product export value will annually increase by 6 percent to reach USD 8-9 billion by 2020.

These objectives are set in the target program on sustainable aquaculture development for the 2016-20 period which was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on September 22 under Decision 1434/QD-TTg.

Shrimp rearing on an industrial scale in An Minh district, Kien Giang province

To obtain the target of reaching a total aquatic product output of 6.5-7 million tons in 2020, the fisheries sector will prioritize aquaculture development through enhancing breed research capacity and modernizing commercial breed production, focusing on key staples like tiger shrimp, whiteleg shrimp, tra catfish, tilapia and clam.

The Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) will be applied in intensive farming zones in areas with comprehensive infrastructure in the Mekong River delta, Red River delta and central coastal localities. The move aims to ensure that all farms and farming zones, especially those raising and producing tra catfish, brackish water shrimp, mollusk and tilapia, will meet advanced quality and food safety and hygiene standards.

Investment will be made in marine farming infrastructures in conformity with socio-economic and environmental conditions in coastal areas and offshore islands, thus facilitating lobster, seawater fish and univalve and bivalve mollusk farming.

In addition, three environmental monitoring and aquatic animal disease warning centers and centers for inspection, testing and assay of aquaculture supplies and aquatic animal breeds will be established.

The program also aims to build and develop a number of strong trademarks for Vietnamese aquatic products, first of all shrimp, tra catfish, mollusk, tilapia and tuna. Aquatic product processing by traditional methods at traditional craft villages will be restored and promoted while quality of processed aquatic products will be strictly controlled to meet demands of both domestic and overseas markets.

To achieve these targets, the program introduces four main solutions, including reviewing the program’s investment plans and projects; formulating and applying technical regulations and requirements; expanding international cooperation to call for ODA and FDI capital as well as assistance from international and non-governmental organizations; and reorganizing aquaculture by creating a value chain with interlinked stages.

The program also sets the tasks of developing aquatic resource exploitation, protection and development, among others.