Vietnam Aquaculture Expo & Forum to open in Can Tho

Viet Nam exports tuna to 97 countries and territories around the world. — Photo tuoitre.vn Viet Nam’s tuna export turnover has risen 21 per cent year-on-year to hit US$271 million in the first half of 2017. Sharing export details, the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said that tuna fillet brought in the most revenue, accounting for around 48 per cent of total tuna exports, followed by canned tuna (30 per cent) and other processed tuna (15 per cent). The country exports tuna to 97 countries and territories, with the United States, the European Union (EU), Israel, Japan, Canada, China, Mexico and the ASEAN being its key markets. Collectively, these countries accounted for 88 per cent of Viet Nam’s total tuna export value in the first six months of this year. Notably, tuna shipments to Mexico rose 125 per cent, with the country overtaking Canada and China to become Viet Nam’s sixth largest tuna importer. However, despite this impressive growth, tuna exports are encountering difficulties related to raw materials and import duties in some of the key markets. The VASEP has proposed to the Directorate of Fisheries, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to promote and develop purse seine fishing. The association has also suggested that the ministry and the directorate work together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to finalise an agreement with the EU on a quota for tuna exports to…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 4 (VNA) – Vietnam’s tuna export turnover rose 21 percent year-on-year to hit 271 million USD in the first half of the year, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).  Tuna fillet was the key earner, accounting for more than 48 percent of total tuna exports, followed by canned tuna (30 percent) and other processed tuna (15 percent).  Vietnam exports tuna to 97 countries and territories across the globe, with the US, the EU, Israel, ASEAN, Japan, Canada, China and Mexico the major markets. Those countries accounted for 88 percent of total tuna export value in the first six months.  Notably, tuna shipments to Mexico rose 125 percent, with the country surpassing Canada and China to become Vietnam’s sixth largest tuna importer.  Despite the impressive growth, tuna exports are encountering difficulties in raw materials and import duties in some key markets.  VASEP has proposed the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development develop purse seine fishing.  It suggested the Directorate of Fisheries and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development work with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to reach an agreement with the EU on a quota for tuna exports to the market.  VASEP also requested the MoIT consider reducing tariffs on tuna exports to Japan to zero percent like Thailand and the Philippines to improve the competitiveness of Vietnamese products. VNA/VNP ... [read more]

Vietnam’s tuna export turnover rose 21 percent year-on-year to hit 271 million USD in the first half of the year. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s tuna export turnover rose 21 percent year-on-year to hit 271 million USD in the first half of the year, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). Tuna fillet was the key earner, accounting for more than 48 percent of total tuna exports, followed by canned tuna (30 percent) and other processed tuna (15 percent). Vietnam exports tuna to 97 countries and territories across the globe, with the US, the EU, Israel, ASEAN, Japan, Canada, China and Mexico the major markets. Those countries accounted for 88 percent of total tuna export value in the first six months. Notably, tuna shipments to Mexico rose 125 percent, with the country surpassing Canada and China to become Vietnam’s sixth largest tuna importer. Despite the impressive growth, tuna exports are encountering difficulties in raw materials and import duties in some key markets. VASEP has proposed the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development develop purse seine fishing. It suggested the Directorate of Fisheries and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development work with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to reach an agreement with the EU on a quota for tuna exports to the market. VASEP also requested the MoIT consider reducing tariffs on tuna exports to Japan to zero percent …... [read more]

Banks disburse VND9 trillion for fishing boat building programThuy Dung HANOI – Commercial banks have disbursed VND9 trillion (US$400 million) to build 761 new offshore fishing boats and upgrade 40 deteriorating ones under a program launched three years ago by the Government. However, the program’s success has been discounted by recent irregularities over the building of steel vessels in central provinces, heard a conference held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hanoi on August 1. At the conference to review the implementation of the Government’s Decree 67/2014/ND-CP dated July 7, 2014, representatives of coastal provinces said 761 fishing boats had been put into use under the program, including 301 steel, 53 composite and 407 wooden ships. Banks have signed credit deals to lend more than VND9.9 trillion to build and upgrade fishing boats, and have disbursed over VND9 trillion. The outstanding loans for fishermen as of now total some VND8.8 trillion, up 15.2% versus the end of last year. Vu Van Tam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and director of the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries, said the program has made significant contributions to the socio-economic development, helping fishermen boost offshore fishing activity. However, many shortcomings have been found. Several steel fishing boats built for fishermen in Binh Dinh, Quang Nam, Thanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan provinces have deteriorated quickly, causing heavy losses for these fishermen and badly affecting the country’s policy. Specifically, 40 steel fishing boats built under Decree 67 have seen their hulls, decks…... [read more]

Tra fish farmers lose ground Ngoc Hung and Pham Thai By Ngoc Hung and Pham Thai - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – While Tra fish processing and exporting firms are expanding production chain thanks to capital and technology advantages, many farming households have given up their business or become workers of enterprises. According to the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Tra fish framing area in the Mekong Delta reached nearly 4,700 hectares as of mid-August, up 4.2% year-on-year. Tra fish output was around 770,000 tons, a 5.3% increase. The number of farming households made up around 40% but most of these households just provided farming service for companies, instead of raising their own fish after incurring losses for several years on end. In Dong Thap Province, Tra fish farming area was nearly 940 hectares as of October, plunging nearly a half compared to the figure of the entire 2012. Last year, the number of farming households declined by 280 ones compared to 2009. A representative of the provincial agricultural department said that 85% of active Tra fish farming households have joined hands with feed producers and processing enterprises. The number of households doing their own business has declined while farming ponds of enterprises have expanded, reaching up to 58% of total farming area in the province. Vinh Hoan Corporation, for example, can produce 50%-70% of its own processing demand, while another major processor named Hung Ca is turning out up to 210,000 tons…... [read more]

Shrimp exports post low growth Cholimex to invest in high-tech shrimp farming in HCMC By Sao Mai and Ngoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – As of March 15, shrimp exports posted a modest year-on-year growth rate of 4.5%, much lower than the growth rates of other key seafood items, according to Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). VASEP said tuna and tra fish exports surged by 23.1% and 15.2% year-on-year respectively in January- March. Meanwhile, shrimp exports as the key item in Vietnam’s fisheries lagged behind, or even contracted 2.4% in the first half of March. VASEP attributed the shrimp export slowdown to a drop in consumption demand for shrimp in big markets. Shrimp exports to EU dropped by 21%, while exports to Canada went down 6.1% and the U.S. fell 1%. Given global economic uncertainty, low purchasing power in major markets namely the EU and the U.S. has dragged down export prices. As of end-March, the price of white-legged shrimp and tiger shrimp exported stateside fell to US$3.92 a pound and US$7.22 a pound from the year-ago level of US$4.4 and &US$7.4 a pound. Vietnam will encounter difficulties in exporting shrimp to the EU, which is struggling in the economic downturn, said Truong Dinh Hoe, general secretary of VASEP. Meanwhile, Asia has emerged as a potential market for Vietnam-grown shrimp. The country earned US$38.82 million in shrimp exports to China and Hong Kong, up 45.4%. It increased by 11.4% its shrimp exports to South…... [read more]

Seafood service firms dominate Vietfish 2014 Ngoc Hung By Ngoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The number of firms providing services and equipment for the seafood sector make up 65% of 173 corporate exhibitors at the ongoing Vietnam Fisheries International Exhibition 2014 (Vietfish 2014) in HCMC. The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), the organizer of Vietfish 2014, said there are more seafood service providers than in previous years. Seafood processors and exporters are other exhibitors at the event, which opened at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in District 7 on August 6. The 16th exhibition is attended by many big local and foreign companies, including from Japan, the United States, Belgium, China and South Korea. Truong Dinh Hoe, general secretary of VASEP, said Vietfish 2014 showcases various seafood products and services as well as equipment and technology for cold storage of seafood. Pham Anh Tuan, deputy head of the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries, said the participating companies have the opportunity to learn about latest market trends and consumers’ needs so as to turn out appropriate products. During the show that lasts until August 8, there are workshops on Vietnam’s seafood industry, production of safe and sustainable seafood in line with the Global GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) standards, the ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) certification for shrimp, and technologies for the seafood sector. In a related development, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued Circular 23/2014/TT-BNNPTNT guiding the implementation of farming, processing…... [read more]

The WWF has come up with recommendations on fields of its concern which have won the applause of the international community for years. However, the organisation’s decision to place Vietnam’s Tra fish on the Red List of its 2010 seafood consumption report, in which consumers in the world were advised to choose other seafood products instead of Vietnam’s Tra fish, was questionable. Deputy Director of the Directorate of Fisheries Pham Anh Tuan said, “The WWF’s information is insufficient as the fund used one sided and incorrect standards and scientific bases. This would cause many difficulties for Vietnam’s tra raising industry and would adversely affect global consumer trends,” Tra fish products are known as a special food of the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam. Being favored by nature, Vietnamese farmers have developed the Tra fish raising and processing industry for highly valued products. It has been expanded from a small-scale industry to a larger industry with advanced technology, while the breeding areas see a year-on-year increase with thousands of hectares. Vietnam’s Tra fish products are exported to more than 100 countries and territories worldwide, including demanding markets such as the US and the EU. Over the past few years, the quality of Vietnam’s Tra fish was accepted by international consumers. To penetrate the global market, Vietnamese businesses had to abide by all customer regulations on the transparent production processes, water resources environment, feeds, veterinary medicine, processing, preservative and transport. Many foreign customers themselves have conducted fact-finding tours of Vietnam’s fish breeding…... [read more]

The reduction resulted in total earnings of US$327 million compared with the same period last year. Vietnamese tuna products were exported to 100 countries and territories, including the US, Japan, Israel and Canada, as well as the EU and the ASEAN region. From the first day to August 15, the tuna export value to the EU and Japan, two key export markets of local tuna products, fell by 23 % to $65.4 million and by 23.8 % to $12.8 million, respectively, against the same period last year. Meanwhile, the nation gained year-on-year growth of 13.8 % in tuna export value to reach $120 million for exports to the US and 8.8 % to reach $21.6 million for exports to the ASEAN region. According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), tuna exports by this year-end have not shown signs of recovery, while the global demand for tuna has dropped and the supply of tuna has increased. Therefore, this year could be the third consecutive year of reductions in tuna exports, the association said. Truong Dinh Hoe, VASEP general secretary, said the local tuna industry could face difficulty in achieving its export value target of $510 million for this year because at the year-end, it was difficult for the industry to forecast the development of the global tuna market. The industry must wait until the end of the third quarter for a precise forecast before it could determine whether it would achieve its export target, he said. The…... [read more]

During his stay in Vietnam, Mr Powell will answer technical questions related to methods and procedures to assess tra fish production. He will also hold meetings with the Vietnam Associationof Seafood Exporters andProducers(VASEP), reporters and other related parties. In addition, WWF Vietnam has received a list of questions and the results of assessing tra and basa fish. This information has been transferred to the Directorate of Fisheries and the VASEP. WWF Vietnam agreed on the Directorate of Fisheries’ recommendation that the WWF should remove Vietnam’s tra and basa fish from the Red List in their 2010-2011 consumer guidance manual while waiting for the results of the WWF assessment. Future assessments should also be carried out with the participation of all related parties. Although WWF Vietnam is not involved in assessing Vietnam’s tra and basa fish, it said it should be responsible for participating in resolving the issue. Earlier, in the 2010-2011 guidance manual on Vietnam’s tra fish for European consumers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway and Demark, several WWF member organizations have moved Vietnam’s tra fish products from the Orange List (products that can be considered for use) to the Red List (products should not be used). This information has been opposed by tra fish breeders and related seafood agencies in Vietnam as it lacks scientific foundation.... [read more]




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