Giang Official Suggests Trademarking Mekong Delta Catfish | Business

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An Giang (VNA) – Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) of An Giang Province, Nguyen Sy Lam, suggested that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) work with relevant agencies to accelerate the construction of a trademark for tra fish (catfish) in the Mekong Delta.

He made the proposal during a February 23 working session with a MARD delegation led by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien, who reviewed the situation in the province. production in 2021 and launched tasks for 2022.

An Giang Province has 1,230 hectares of catfish farming of which affiliated enterprises and households account for 1,049 hectares producing 400,000 to 450,000 tons of catfish per year. There are 21 processing plants with a capacity of 323,000 tons of catfish in the locality.

The province’s aquaculture production last year is estimated at 520,000 tonnes, a reduction of 6,000 tonnes from that of 2020, DARD reported, adding that it is expected to increase to 564,000 tonnes this year.

To turn A Giang into a rice and aquatic variety production hub in the Mekong Delta, the province needs help to carry out an approved project to produce high-quality young catfish in the region, Lam said. .

He called on MARD to soon propose to the government to initiate a price stabilization fund for rice and catfish products because these are the flagship products of the country, the Mekong Delta in general and the province of An Giang in particular. He believed it would help the rice and Catfish the industry avoid the adverse effects of the market, the realization of sustainable development in the future.

It is necessary for MARD to coordinate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade to conduct surveys and forecast market demand for domestic consumption and for exports, Lam said.

Solutions should be adopted as soon as possible to stabilize the price of raw materials to facilitate the development of the catfish industry, he added.

While praising his efforts in agricultural restructuring, Tien said An Giang should take advantage of the domestic market to create a link on the sale of agricultural products, especially placing them in wholesale and traditional markets. , especially the Ho Chi Minh City market.

To harness the agricultural advantages and make agriculture a driving force to promote the province’s socio-economic development, Tien suggested to An Giang to accelerate the change of mentality in agriculture, build processing factories, to develop large-scale agricultural farms as well as to promote the application. of high technology./.

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