US$146 million disbursed for victims of fish kill on central coast
HANOI –The four central coast provinces hit by last April's fish kill had by February 18 disbursed VND3,330 billion (US$146 million), over 70% of VND4,680 billion which the Government has advanced, for victims to cope with the aftermath of the incident.
Concerning the remedy for the Formosa steel project-caused sea pollution which washed ashore more than 100 tons of fish in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces and struck many fish trading firms, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has asked the General Department of Fisheries to step up inspections into compensation payments in these provinces.
The department should work with the ministries of health, and industry-trade to destroy the unsafe seafood still in cold storage facilities. More than 839 tons, over 85% of 966 tons of seafood found unsafe for human consumption in these provinces, has been discarded.
Quang Binh has achieved the highest disbursement rate, 76%, according to the department.
At a meeting held last Friday to review the agriculture sector's performance in the first quarter of 2017, the minister proposed boosting the farming of two key products: shrimp and tra fish (pangasius).
The department will have to complete a master development plan for the shrimp sector by the end of this month so that the ministry can pass it to the Government for consideration.
He said the shrimp farming area should be kept unchanged at 700,000 to 800,000 hectares, and that science and technology should be applied to increase shrimp production and value.
Regarding tra fish, the ministry urged an improvement of tra fish breeds. Despite a slew of difficulties in exports to the U.S. and the European Union (EU), the tra fish export sector has secured big orders from the Chinese market.