May 26, 2008

Vietnam's Bianfishco to establish own research institute


The Binh An Seafood Joint Stock Company (Bianfishco) is currently outlining plans to establish a fishery research institute in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, the first privately-run establishment of its kind in Vietnam.


The Bianfishco Pangasius Research Institute is seen to occupy 2,000 square meters of land in Tra Noc Industrial Park II. The facility will conduct research on breeders, feed and technology to improve aquaculture farming techniques and support the seafood processing industry in the Mekong Delta.


The institute is also expected to facilitate the application of biological research in the cultivation of tra catfish in the Delta region, as well as enhance feed quality to ensure safe product hygiene for consumers.


The research firm will jointly venture with other institutes and universities in the region to study and apply new research on raising pangasius (tra and basa catfish).


Bianfishco's Board Chairwoman and General Director Pham Thi Dieu Hien said the company is currently seeking qualified staff for the institute drawn from specialists, academic experts and engineers in the aquaculture field.


Hien told said their studies will be applied to help pangasius suppliers better manage potential diseases that may affect bred species.


The institute's work aims to influence governmental policies in developing the domestic fishery sector, according to Hien.


In June, Bianfishco will expand its fish-rearing area at the Binh An Aquaculture Centre from 40 to 100 hectares, which will supply half of the company's pangasius stock needs.


The establishment of the research institute and expansion of stock supply will help the company take charge of production capacity as well as set up an environmentally friendly aquaculture center, Hien said.


To ensure pangasius supplies meet strict quality and hygiene standards, the center will manage and monitor all stages of production from selecting breeders to treating water and cultivating fish.


Hien also emphasized that the use of chemicals and feed with any additives will be prohibited at the centre.


Bianfishco is currently supplying products for 82 clients around the world with a focus on promoting sales at retail networks of large supermarkets.

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