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Fisheries Ministry focuses on ecology and export

The Ministry of Fisheries has placed emphasis on measures to protect ecology, ensure food security and promote exports in its 2006-10 aquaculture strategy.

Minister Ta Quang Ngoc said at a two-day conference that opened in Ha Noi on April 13 that the ministry will take immediate steps to expand outlets and mark off areas for special products in order to supply raw materials for the export-oriented processing industry.

He also called for investment in breeding, feed production, and especially application of advanced technology.

Ngoc said his ministry has proposed that the Government increase budget allocations to infrastructural facilities for aquaculture as well as to science and technology, especially bio-technology.

All this is aimed at promoting aquaculture on an industrial scale and ensuring standard waste treatment and fish disease prevention.

Aquaculture has been developing across the country, including mountainous areas such as the Central Highlands, the conference reported.

Areas used for aquaculture have more than doubled over the past six years to 960,000 ha in 2005, representing an average increase of 13.8 percent a year. Meanwhile, catches from aquaculture increased more than two-thirds in the period to 1,437,000 tonnes. Aquaculture has brought much higher incomes for farmers compared to rice growing. In the Red River Delta province of Hai Duong, for example, a one-hectare aquatic product field yields an annual average of 88 million VND, or 6.8 times higher than that of rice.

VNECONOMY - (14/04/2006)

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