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Characteristics of the sector

I. Over view

Pangasius have been raising and developing mostly in 10 Mekong Delta River provinces of Vietnam, including: An Giang, Dong Thap, Tien Giang, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Ben Tre, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Kien Giang, and two provinces (Tay Ninh and Quang Nam) with total farming area of 5,547 hectares (in 2016) and expected to rise up to 7,600 – 7,800 hectares in 2020. Provinces of Can Tho, An Giang and Dong Thap are the leading culture regions of Pangasius in the Mekong Delta, account for over 75% of the total national Pangasius production. Pangasius industry is selfcontrolled in raw material sources toward sustainable production chain.

Pangasius products are produced in compliance with strict international food safety and international quality management standards such as GlobalGAPASC and BAP..

Pangasius is more and more popular in the world thanks its heath and nutrition. The fish has been exported to 138 countries and territories in 2016, including demanding markets as the EU, Brazil, USA, Australia and Canada.

There are nearly 100 pangasius factories in Vietnam. Mostly locate in the Mekong Delta. The majority of these establishments are equipped with advanced equipments and technologies which allow to automating several stages of production line and producing added value products.  

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II. Production​


In 2016, Vietnam’s pangasius production estimated at 1,198.3 thousand MT, up 3.3% compared to 2015. Of that, the output in the Mekong Delta provinces accounted for 99.2% of total production, with 1,189 thousand MT, increasing by 4.2% over the year before. In particular, the volume in Dong Thap province reached 403.4 thousand MT, up 0.8,% and that in An Giang province hit 280.5 thousand MT, up 12.8%.

In 2016, Vietnam’s pangasius was destined to 138 markets around the world. The export turnover in 2016 totaled US$1.71 billion, increasing by 9.6% over 2015.

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