Hanoi (VNA) – There are now many favorable conditions for shrimp exportincluding rising prices – an important factor for processors and exporters to recover quickly after a long time social distancing period.
Deputy Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Phung Duc Tien made the remark during a teleconference on December 10.
He said the free trade agreements that Vietnam has joined will create chances of improving production under value chains and the traceability of origin.
Productivity and quality are essential to promote the competitiveness of shrimp products, Tien noted, adding that relevant agencies and localities should pay attention to inputs, especially young fry and infrastructure in the production chain.
Tran Cong Khoi, deputy director of the aquaculture department in the Directorate of Fisheries, said that despite the many difficulties and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s brackish water shrimp farming area further increased by 0.5% compared to 2020 to reach 740,000 ha, including 630,000 ha of tiger prawns and 110,000 ha of white-legged shrimp.
Highlighting some problems and shortcomings, he said localities need to step up inspection and review of food safety in aquaculture to ensure product quality.
In 2022, the sector will improve connectivity between shrimp farming localities, take measures to simultaneously develop agriculture and cope with the pandemic, stimulate the application of scientific and technological advances to increase productivity and quality, and increase environmental monitoring to issue timely warnings to minimize damage caused by climate change.
Total farmed shrimp production this year is estimated at 970,000 tonnes, up 4.3 percent from 2020. Shrimp exports brought the country $ 3.2 billion in the first 10 months of this year, a 2 percent year-over-year increase./.