Archive for July, 2011

Tuna exports, Jan-Apr, 2011

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

In April, tuna export soareg by 59.3% year on year to over US$44 million, bringing the four months figure to the all time high of US$148 million, up 36.5% compared to the same period last year.

The US continued to be the largest importer of Viet Nam’s tuna in the first four months, claming over half of the market share. However, some other markets such as Japan and Iran were closing the gap as their import skyroketed by respectively 59% and 704%.

Source: VASEP

Jan – May: Pangasius export reaches 263,170MT

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

According to the Viet Nam Customs, in Jan – May, Viet Nam earned approximately US$672 million from exporting 263,170MT of Pangasius, up 24.7% in value and 4.7% in volume.

Pangasius export is expected to hit a record US$800 million in the first six months of the year.

In order to stabilize the supply of raw material and export price from July to the end of the year, Vasep Freshwater Fish Committee (VFFC) held a meeting with 25 biggest Pangasius exporters and Dong Thap and An Giang Fish Farming Associations to set the floor prices for export.

Accordingly, price of trimmed and untrimmed Pangasius fillet shipped abroad (except US) were fixed at US$3.3/kilo and US$2.3/kilo, respectively.

The participants also agreed to buy raw fish at VND26,000 at minimum.

Between July and November, farm-gate price is expected to be higher due to increasing input costs the lower supply.

Vasep also warned any exporters, which involve in frauds, will be inspected and punished.

Source: VASEP

Shrimp farmers hope for clean start

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Farmers in the coastal province of Bac Lieu, the second hardest-hit locality after Soc Trang Province, decided to resume production in some areas after their ponds were carefully sterilised. Cultivation at other southern provinces also resumed.

An official from Bac Lieu Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said the recent unprecedented death of many shrimp had occurred only with industrial farming. Household farms have not been seriously affected.

According to the department, as of July 7, about 1,495 of 6,072 ha of shrimp farms in the province, which had been severely affected by the epidemic, had resumed production. The province estimates that the total number of farms affected by the disease cover 16,720 ha.

Farmers in Soc Trang Province have also begun producing and selling breeding shrimp after careful sanitation tasks.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, more than 19,000 out of nearly 26,000 ha of shrimp farms have resumed production, accounting for 76 per cent of shrimp farm in the province.

Shrimp prices remain high and nearby processing factories are facing a severe shortage of raw materials.

Since early this year, about 10 processing factories in Bac Lieu have collected only 647 tonnes of shrimp for production.

Ca Mau’s 36 shrimp processing factories had been operating about 50 per cent of their capacity due to a serious raw material shortfall.

Industry insiders predict the shortage will remain for several months.

Shrimp farmers are employing more sanitary measures, experts said.

Foreign experts said they had not identified the cause of the massive number of dead shrimp in the delta.

However, Luong Ngoc Lan, head of Bac Lieu Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that international experts concluded that contaminated farms had caused the deaths.

Farmers have not followed strict sanitation procedures and regulations because they wanted to quickly earn profits at a time when shrimp prices are high.

Unsanitary methods had left bacteria in ponds and had harmed developing shrimp, Lan said.

Many farmers, even those who experienced consecutive losses of batches of shrimp, continued to improperly use sanitary methods.

Farmers who performed proper sanitation earned big profits and their shrimp was not affected by the disease outbreak, he added.

Lan said his department had sent experts to epidemic hardest-hit areas to inform farmers the reason of the massive fatality and sanitation procedures before releasing breeding shrimps.

By early May, shrimp farmers in seven coastal provinces of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta had suffered unprecedented losses of tiger shrimp and white-leg shrimp on 52,000ha of farm area.

The losses on shrimp farms also occurred in the provinces in the northern and central regions, including Quang Ninh, Thai Binh, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Ninh Thuan and HCM City.

The ministry estimates total losses in the 17 areas at over 53,000 ha. Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta suffered the worst losses.

Lan said farmers need cash allocation to quickly resume operating their farms.

Source: Vietfish