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VINAPA proposes increasing tra fish output
By Trung Chanh
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VINAPA proposes increasing tra fish output

By Trung Chanh

Workers process tra fish at a factory in Can Tho City - PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH

CAN THO – Tra fish (pangasius) exports to China may see slower growth this year, so local farmers should boost tra fish yields and reduce the selling price of the product to enhance competitiveness, said Vo Hung Dung, vice chairman and general secretary of the Vietnam Pangasius Association (VINAPA).

At a seminar, titled “Product quality - basis for tra fish sustainable development,” held in Can Tho City today, January 18, Dung remarked that the Chinese Government had tightened control over the informal export of tra fish to its market. 

In addition, the northern neighbor has encouraged the farming of tra fish, and it may establish tra fish associations to protect its tra fish farmers and enterprises, thus creating obstacles for Vietnamese tra fish exporters.

Although Vietnam has set up tra fish value chains and domestic farmers and firms are experienced in responding to price fluctuations, it is necessary to increase the tra fish output to reduce the selling prices and improve the competitiveness of local products, Dung noted.

As of December 12 last year, Vietnam had exported US$2.15 billion worth of tra fish, up 26.3% year-on-year. The largest importers of Vietnamese tra fish were the United States, at US$525 million; China, US$505 million; and the European Union, US$231 million.

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