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Monday, 09 November 2015 16:28

VIETRADE -The Government has recently approved the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) plan to amend Decree 36/2014/ND-CP, a move that domestic pangasius processing enterprises and farmers have been waiting for.


Decree 36, which took effect since June 20, 2014, regulated standards on rearing, processing and exporting tra fish (pangasius) products. However, businesses and state offices in provinces have found many unsuitable points in those regulations as when implementing the decree, reported.


The online newspaper quoted MARD as saying that some provinces had slowly approved specific schemes for areas of tra fish growing and processing. That affected the plan to grant codes for pond rearing of pangasius fish and confirm registration of applying the Vietnamese Good Agriculture Practice (VietGap) for production and export of pangasius.


Following the decree, all pangasius rearing areas nationwide must get the VietGap standards and other international certificates not later than the end of 2015. However, only half of them had received a VietGap certificate thus far.


Therefore, the ministry petitioned the Government to extend the deadline for pangasius farms to obtain VietGap and international certificates until December 31, 2016, instead of the end of this year.


The ministry also proposed the State to remove the regulation which required enterprises to register for export contracts as a condition to complete customs clearance procedures, and exempt fees on export contract registrations for businesses.


Statistics from the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers showed out that the country’s pangasius exports experienced a year-on-year decrease of 9.2% to US$1.08 billion from early this year until September 15, with some large markets such as the US and the EU witnessing drops of 3% and 17%, respectively.


Experts suggested that the creation and development of a powerful brand name would help the pangasius sector secure a firm foothold in export outlets, especially in the EU, one of its major consumers.


Deputy Head of the General Department of Fisheries Pham Anh Tuan told Vietnam News Agency said the EU was an important market for the pangasius industry. Despite the recent reduction in imports due to the economic recession, EU countries still needed Vietnamese pangasius products in the long run, he added.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Vietnam Fisheries Association Nguyen Viet Thang called on enterprises to diversify processed products to sharpen their competition.

Thang emphasized the need for the pangasius fish sector to satisfy consumer requirements to stand firm in both easy-going and strict markets.

Currently, Vietnamese pangasius products are being sold in 128 markets.

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