Vietnam catfish: a major crop in the Mekong Delta

SGS Safe Quality Food Inspection ProgramThe fish raising areas total over 5,000ha. In 2001 the Tra output in the entire Delta was only 100,000 tonnes. The number increased to over 1,000,000 tones in 2009, yielding a turnover of 1.4 billion USD. With advanced method, many farms have received the SQF (Safe Quality Food) Certification from SGS based on training in Good Agricultural Practices, which are developed by the  Global GAP  a non-governmental organization that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe.

Nguyen Huu Nguyen, one of many Tra farmers in An Giang Province has been awarded the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certificate by SGS, the international quality inspection firm.

Raising and processing of Tra in the Mekong River Delta, especially the provinces of Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Can Tho, Dong Thap, An Giang, Soc Trang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau. Since 2000. Tra raising in the Mekong River Delta has made a big leap forward

Tra were originally raised in a family’s pond for daily consumption. When Vietnam opened its doors to the world market, Tra became a commercial product and is now exported around the world.

Since 2000. Tra raising in the Mekong River Delta has made a big leap forward. The fish raising areas total over 5,000ha and have been established in An Giang, Dong Thap, Can Tho and Vinh Long Provinces. In 2001 the Tra output in the entire Delta was only 100,000 tonnes. The number increased to over 1,000,000 tonnes in 2009, yielding a turnover of 1.4 billion USD.

Visiting a Tra farm owned by Nguyen Huu Nguyen in My Phu Commune, Chau Phu District of An Giang Province we saw a system of ponds that included residue ponds and a water treatment system. With this advanced method, his farm was granted the SQF (Safe Quality Food) Certificate in 2003. Nguyen said that over 600 members of An Giang Aquaculture Association had this certificate and most of them had attended a training course on Global GAP (Global Good Agricultural Practices).

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