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Dong Thap to bring 1,225 hectares of tra fish up to GAP standards

By Trung Chanh

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CAN THO – The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap plans to apply the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standards to 1,225 hectares of tra fish culturing areas with an expected annual export turnover of US$980 million.

As part of the plan, the area for culturing tra fish will cover 2,450 hectares with a yield expected to hit 555,000 tons. About 1,225 hectares of the total will meet the GAP standards.

From now to the year 2025, the annual export turnover is expected to reach US$980 million.

Moreover, the fish farms will see investments in technology transfers to better control the quality of breeding and supplies.

At a meeting on promoting tra fish production and quality, Huynh Minh Tuan, vice chairman of the Dong Thap People’s Committee, shared that Dong Thap topped the localities farming tra fish in the Mekong Delta, accounting for 33% of the total rearing area and 35% of the total productivity in the region.

Dong Thap is now home to 76 farms for breeding and 1,104 farms for hatching tra fish, he added.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP), last August saw US$187 million tra fish exports, an increase of 114% year-over-year.

In the first eight months of this year, tra fish exports have brought in US$1.8 billion, an increase of 81% over the same period last year.

The tra fish exports to countries stand at a high growth rate, except only Russia, due to its ever-complex situation.

Vietnam exported tra fish worth US$500 million to China, rising two-fold over the same period.

And US$428 million was brought in from the U.S. market.

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