(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Along with pangasius and brackish water shrimp, which have been promoted for export, many aquatic species that are farmed in fresh water and in the sea in the Mekong Delta such as tilapia, red tilapia, giant freshwater prawn, eel , frogs, clams, crabs... are purchased, processed and exported by some enterprises. The potential and opportunity to promote the export of these aquatic products is still great if there is a good connection between farmers and businesses.
Production and consumption of aquatic products are difficult due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. All levels, functional sectors and people in the Mekong Delta localities are implementing many timely solutions to stabilize and maintain the development of aquaculture activities. Recently, Working Group 970 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) coordinated with relevant units to organize an online seminar connecting the chain of seafood production and consumption with Mekong Seafood. Connection Co., Lts under Mekong Food Group (MFG) in Ho Chi Minh City. Thereby, many businesses, households, cooperatives and aquaculture cooperative groups and representatives of the agriculture sector in the Mekong Delta regions have timely grasped information about market demand, facilities and necessary requirements to be able to supply, develop and produce a variety of seafood for export.
Currently, Mekong Seafood Connection Co., Ltd under MFG needs to buy about 1,000-1,500 tons of seafood every month. Therefore, the Company has a need to associate with businesses, households, cooperatives and groups of aquaculture in the Mekong Delta. Thereby, this link will help build material areas to form a chain of production, processing and export of aquatic products such as giant freshwater shrimp, white shrimp, black tiger shrimp, pangasius, frog legs, and tilapia, clams, scallops and a number of other products being promoted for trade such as eel, clown knifefish and sea fish...
Aquaculture in the Mekong Delta has affirmed its important role in the structure of agricultural production and contributed more and more to the socio-economic development of the whole region and the whole country. Previously, the aquaculture area of the region was only about 400,000 ha, but in recent years it has reached 800,000 ha, the annual output is more than 3 million tons and is accounting for a very large proportion of the total area and output of aquaculture in the country.
Mr. Le Huu Toan, Deputy Director of Kien Giang Province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said: "By the end of August, farmers in 7 coastal districts of the province harvest about 1,500 tons of aquatic products of all kinds, including 1,056 tons. giant freshwater shrimp, 65 tons of white-leg shrimp, 100 tons of sea crabs, 126 tons of grouper, in addition to blood cockles, cobia... Therefore, the province is continuing to promote the supply-demand connection, supporting people product consumers. The province expects businesses to come to the locality to learn and sign contracts in principle for long-term association. Based on that, the Agriculture sector will direct production, arrange suitable seasons and material areas, and support production cooperatives according to the criteria of the ordering enterprise, ensuring a sustainable supply of raw materials. ".