Mekong Delta farmed-pangasius. (Photo Credit: VASEP)
New tra association created to support industry
Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 05:00 (GMT + 9)
This weekend saw the creation of the Vietnam Tra Fish Association (VTFA) at a congress held in the province of An Giang in the Mekong Delta. The association was established as part of an effort to strengthen the tra sector’s development and growth.
Among the 47 members elected, Nguyen Viet Thang, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, was elected to be the association’s chairman for the 2013-15 term. VTFA currently consists of 143 members from provinces and cities across Vietnam.
Reports released at last weekend’s congress reveal that areas used for growing pangasius in the Mekong Delta have declined by 1.03 per cent annually between 2008 and 2012. These tra farming areas now stand at about 6,000 ha, mainly stretched along Tien (Anterior Mekong) and Hau (Posterior Mekong) rivers.
VTFA is working to achieve a tra output of 1.2 to 1.5 million tonnes by 2015, including 800,000 tonnes of Vietnamese catfish products destined for export and 150,000 tonnes for domestic consumption. These figures would bring in an export turnover of USD 1.8 billion to USD 2.25 billion and create 23,000 jobs, VNS reports.
Nguyen Huu Khanh, former Secretary of An Giang Party Committee and ex-chairman of Vietnam Fishery Association, said the association, which was founded after 10 years of struggle for the industry, would help defend farmers’ legitimate rights and encourage healthy and fair competition among them, VOV reports.
In 2012, Vietnam made USD 6.15 billion from seafood exports, of which more than USD 1.74 billion originated from tra fish exports, according to data from the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Xinhua reports.
In January 2013, Vietnam made over USD 163.2 million from pangasius exports, up 40.7 per cent from January 2012.
The European Union (EU) was the leading importer with USD 37.2 million in sales, up 17.4 per cent and accounting for 22.8 per cent of the market. Next came the US at USD 26.7 million in sales, up 31.3 per cent year-on-year and making up 16.3 per cent of sales.
In third place came Brazil with USD 13.3 million in imports, up 86.7 per cent from January 2012 and representing 8.1 per cent of the market. Mexico followed with USD 13 million, up 2 per cent and representing 8 per cent of sales.
Ranking fifth were Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries with USD 11.3 million in tra sales, up 82.2 per cent year-on-year and taking up 6.9 per cent of the market. Next came China and Hong Kong at USD 7.4 million, up 108.2 per cent and hogging 4.5 per cent of sales, followed by Colombia with USD 6.4 million, down 0.8 per cent and taking up 3.9 per cent of the market.
In eighth place was Saudi Arabia with USD 4.6 million, up 119 per cent and taking up 2.8 per cent of sales.
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By Natalia Real