Vietnam tightens measures on aquatic animal health

(VOV) - Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam delivered a keynote address on January 20 at the opening ceremony of the third OIE Global Conference on Aquatic Animal Health in HCM City.

As a member nation of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Tam said, Vietnam has committed to co-ordinating with the international community to effectively implement measures on aquatic animal health and tighten controls over epidemics and antibiotics residues.

Vietnam’s aquaculture sector has played a fundamentally important and critical role in the country’s economic development with the sectors annual output increasing 4-6% on average.

However, if the sector is to develop sustainably then it must take drastic measures to effectively prevent epidemics and control antibiotic residues in seafood products.

General Director of the OIE Bernard Vallat in turn echoed Tam's view and added that aquaculture has been recognised as the world’s fastest growing food production sector with nearly 50% of the supply source coming from aquatic products.

However, epidemics have caused remarkable damages to aquaculture production, making a negative impact on the economies in some nations and the region.

He stressed the need to strengthen state management over aquatic animal health and implement veterinary measures effectively, obey OIE standards to prevent epidemics.

Mr Vallat underscored the importance of the conference which he said helps raise member nations’ awareness about the need to control veterinary services and aquatic animal health in the private and public sector.