Vietnam Tra Fish Association established

(VOV) - A congress founding the Vietnam Tra Fish Association was held in the southern province of An Giang on March 2.

The congress elected 47 members to the association’s Executive Committee. Former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Viet Thang was chosen as Vietnam Tra Fish Association Chairmanfor the 2013–2015 term.

Reports suggest the Mekong Delta’s tra farming areas have declined around 1.03 percent annually over the last five years. It demonstrates the region’s farming area hovers at approximately 6,000 hectares, meaning the focus should be on increasing tra fish quality and value.

The association is aiming for a tra fish output of 1.2–1.5 million tonnes by 2015, with 800,000 tonnes for export and 150,000 tonnes for domestic consumption.Its other goals include earning an export turnover of US$1.8–2.25 billion, generating jobs for 23,000 workers, and improving the reputation of the Vietnamese tra fish trademark on international markets.

Former Provincial Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Huu Khanh said the newly formed association will help defend farmers’ legitimate rights and encourage healthy, mutually beneficial competition.