Norway seeks aquaculture projects

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 07:38

A farmer harvests shrimp in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong

Representatives from 17 Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture companies visited HCM City from November 7-15 to explore business opportunities and promote co-operation on sustainable aquaculture.

The companies also took part in a Norway - Viet Nam seminar on fisheries processing and aquaculture organised in the city on November 13-14.

The seminar was attended by more than 120 representatives from the Directorate of Fisheries, local departments of fisheries, local fishing vessel owners and the Viet Nam Sea-Culture Association.

The seminar was organised by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Innovation Norway in coordination with the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

The seminar introduced Norway’s technologies and products for fisheries and fishing vessels, hatcheries, marine and pangasius farming, harvesting and processing.

It also aimed to connect Vietnamese and Norwegian businesses in the sectors of fisheries, pangasius farming, marine fish farming, intensive shrimp farming and lobster farming;

The event discussed how to apply advanced technologies in the value chains of fisheries, aquaculture and processing in Viet Nam.

Tran Dinh Luan, deputy general director of the Directorate of Fisheries, said the seminar introduced Norway’s technologies that could help Viet Nam achieve sustainable fishing and aquaculture.

He said the fisheries sector would focus on improving seafood quality, fish health, water treatment and traceability, and at the same time reduce mortality and use of antibiotics.

Harald Naevdal, commercial counselor of Norwegian Embassy in Ha Noi, said: “The marine business segment is one of the most important elements in the business relations between Viet Nam and Norway.”

“Norway has one of the most developed aquaculture industries in the world,” he said.

In recent decades, the co-operation between Norway and Viet Nam in the fisheries sector has contributed to the development of Viet Nam’s first law on fisheries and profitable and sustainable fish farming in the country.

In addition, Nha Trang University has also benefited from 20 years of academic co-operation with several prestigious universities in Norway with high competence in the marine sector, with the support of the Norwegian government. — VNS

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