Basa’s fish industry may run out of equipment for export processing next year

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VIETNAM, December 27 –

Việt Nam’s basa production in 2021 is estimated at around 1.5 million tonnes. —Photo congthuong.vn

HÀ NỘI – The Directorate of Fisheries forecasts a shortage of raw materials for the processing of basa for export in the first quarter of 2022 due to the impact of COVID-19.

NhÆ° Văn Cẩn, head of the directorate’s aquaculture department, said the area of ​​basa farming in the third quarter of 2021 decreased by around 30-55% year-on-year as aquaculture activities have been suspended in many Mekong Delta provinces due to the COVID-19 outbreak. .

With a sharp reduction in agricultural area, the industry is expected to run out of raw materials for processing exports in the first quarter of 2022, according to Cẩn.

Therefore, after Government Resolution 128 / NQ-CP on Temporary Regulations for Safe, Flexible Adaptation and Effective Control of COVID-19, basa ranching activities have been strengthened to meet demand from factories. transformation which restored their functioning.

“The basa producers have proposed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and these localities to create favorable conditions to allow them to expand the agricultural area of ​​basa”, said Trần Văn Hùng, president of the Hùng Cá company.

Nguyễn Ngô Vi Tâm, general manager of the Vĩnh Hoàn Joint Stock Company, said that in addition to the impact of COVID-19, challenges for the basa industry next year included the increase in the price of animal feed. , labor shortages and rising electricity prices.

“Basa fish processors have received support to reduce their electricity bills, but basa fish producers have not. This strongly affected the farmers and the companies producing the basic raw material. Basa fish producers need this support, ”Tâm said.

She also suggested to MARD to launch a support program in terms of fry for producers of basa fish, ensuring the supply of better quality varieties.

By the end of the year, the fishing industry would eliminate the difficulties caused by COVID-19 to restore production. The industry will increase fry production and inputs to supply fry to basa fish producers during the first quarter of next year, according to the ministry.

MARD Deputy Minister Phùng Đức Tiến said: “The industry needs specific, synchronous and timely solutions to develop basic agriculture. This would ensure the quality and safety of food for consumption in the last month of 2021, and raw materials for processing exports. in the first months of 2022. “

Accordingly, provinces must have appropriate policies to develop basa fish farming areas associated with processing facilities and consumer enterprises. This cooperation will help producers to regulate production according to market demand.

Localities must implement solutions to support basa fish producers affected by COVID-19, such as reducing electricity prices, taxes and fees and granting soft loans, to ensure the stability of basa production line and quality control and food safety, Tiến mentioned.

He asked the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Quality Control to control the quality and food safety in the basa agricultural areas, meeting the quality requirements of the export markets. In addition to this, the department should promote measures to recover exports of basa products to the Saudi market.

The Department of Agricultural Product Processing and Market Development updates market information for businesses and farms. This will help producers to have suitable production plans.

Associations, companies and commercial facilities in basa production chains must develop production scenarios in times of pandemic and develop branding and sustainable development strategies.

Meanwhile, Tiến also offered companies to diversify their products according to market needs and promote electronic transactions during the pandemic.

They must also comply with regulations on the use of chemicals and antibiotics in agriculture basa, product quality and traceability.

In addition to this, localities should promote linkages between processing companies and small basa farms to ensure stable production.

According to the General Fisheries Department, production of basa in 2021 is expected to reach around 1.5 million tonnes, the same production in 2020. The value of basa exports is estimated to be over $ 1.5 billion this year.

The basa industry has set ambitious targets for next year of over 1.7 million tonnes of basa production and an export value of US $ 1.6 billion. – VNS


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