October 20, 2007
Catfish exports expected to reach $1bn in 2007
`Tra' and `basa' catfish exports are likely to bring in US$1 billion this year, according to an official from the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP).
Local producers have recorded strong gains in markets such as the European Union, the US, ASEAN states and in the Ukraine, in spite of their strict requirements on food safety and hygiene, said Nguyen Huu Dung, VASEP Vice President.
The Mekong Delta province of An Giang alone has so far this year registered year-on-year increases of 62 per cent and 60 per cent in the value and volume of exports, respectively.
The province expects to ship 120,000 tonnes of tra and basa catfish, worth US$320 million, in 2007.
To date, local seafood producers have earned a foothold in 75 countries and territories around the world.
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