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Archive for August, 2011

FAO investigates mass shrimp deaths in Viet Nam

Monday, August 15th, 2011

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Health Department, more than 53,000ha of shrimp farms in seven Mekong Delta provinces, namely Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, and Kien Giang, have seen a huge number of shrimp deaths from an unidentified liver disease, creating great losses to the industry.

The Department and the Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 2 sent samples to Arizona University in the US for tests. The results came back in early July, showing no trace of liver and Pancreas necrosis bacteria in shrimp. Intoxication was then concluded to be the main cause of shrimp death. According to Arizona University, further investigation is needed to determine the real causative agents.

Thus, FAO experts decided to come to Viet Nam and help with an investigation course.

They visited the Department’s aquatic disease testing labs and some hatcheries in the three provinces of Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau, talking with farmers, and taking samples of the soil and water in the farming ponds. Later on, FAO will work with the Department to develop a disease monitoring and alerting program.

Source: VASEP

Chile – Viet Nam succesful negotiatión on a trade agreement

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Authorities from Chile and Viet Nam successfully completed the Eighth Negotiation Round for signing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), The meeting was attended by the bilateral director of the Directorate General for International Economic Relations (Direcon) from Chile, Rodrigo Contreras; and the general director of Trade Policy, Ministry of Commerce and Industry from Viet Nam, Nguyen Khien.

In the head of the Chilean delegation’s opinion, as is the case of the pact signed with China, “the FTA agreement is focused on property and the incorporation of the disciplines of Service Trade and Investment was postponed for a second stage.” Khien valued the high spirit of cooperation and understanding between the two delegations.

Once this agreement comes into force, 73 per cent of Chilean exports will enter the Vietnamese market without paying tariffs. The rest of the products will enter the Asian country with a reduced tariff in terms ranging from 3 to 15 years.

As for the sanitary and plant measures, the two parties agreed to facilitate trade between the two countries, establishing the monitoring of the progress of the product access when they need sanitary and plant permission.

In the Asean bloc, Viet Nam is the third destination of Chilean shipments.

In 2010, Chilean exports to Viet Nam totalled US$ 231 million, while imports recorded US$ 107 million, informed Aqua.

According to ProChile, “the growing trend of ‘Westernization’ in consumer habits and a significant number of foreigners residing in the Asian country make the Vietnamese growing market promising for Chilean salmon.”

Source: Vietfish

Pangasius ( Swai ) export to the US increased by 27% in value

Monday, August 15th, 2011

In Jan-June, Viet Nam exported 319,300MT of Pangasius, worth US$828.67 million, up 4.9% in volume and 27% in value over the same period last year.

Pangasius was shipped to 131 markets worldwide, including 23 markets with the import value of more than US$10 million each. The US remained the largest importer with more than 38,800MT, worth US$134.7 million, up 85.5% in volume and 105.5% in value, representing 16.3% of total market share.

Export value to EU keeps on increasing slightly while there was a little decrease in volume. This block accounted for 32.2% total market share.

Source: Vietfish