November 10, 2008


Vietnam's seafood industry is without a master plan


The absence of proper planning in production and processing is affecting the seafood industry, which might not meet its export target for the year, according to an industry official.


Nguyen Huu Dung, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Seafoods Exporters and Processors (VASEP) said seafood exports in the first nine months of this year reached US$3.35 billion, an increase of 23 percent compared to the same period last year, reported AsiaPulse.


Despite this growth, the industry is unstable at present, with both farmers and processing enterprises in considerable trouble.


According to The Pulse, Dung said earlier this year, the seafood industry had experienced major difficulties due to depreciation of the US dollar, increase in input materials price and tightening of bank loans.


Vu Van Dung, head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Developments Aquaculture Department said seafood production was facing difficulties due to the absence of a master plan for development of the industry, the fluctuation in prices and unstable supply of seafood for processing.

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