Processing tra fish in Dong Thap (Source: VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) – The
fisheries sector needs to clear barriers for tra fish in the US, the European
Union (EU) and China, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Vu Van Tam.



Tam suggested the sector
rearrange production to meet US standards as the US remains a major importer. For
the EU, it should get ready for the upcoming bilateral free trade agreement and
to tackle barriers, including dealing with inaccurate media reports about tra
fish.



Regarding the Chinese
market, further attention should be paid to product quality management and
ensuring fairness for businesses involved in official and cross-border trade.



He also underscored the
need to continue marketing products in Japan, Brazil, ASEAN and several other
markets.



At home, he proposed
developing new products that suit domestic consumers’ taste, ensuring supply of
high-quality varieties and making it easier for enterprises to work with
scientists and research institutes to churn out quality tra fish for breeding.



Nguyen Ngoc Oai, Deputy
Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s
Directorate of Fisheries (DOF), said negotiations against the US’s Farm Bill
will be a priority between now and the year’s end.



DOF statistics showed that
total tra fish exports surpassed 500 million USD in the first half of this year,
up 2.7 percent year-on-year.



Total tra fish farming area
in the Mekong Delta is 3,100ha with total output of more than 500,000 tonnes,
up 1.3 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.-VNA