Norway and Vietnam agree major aquaculture co-operation

NORWAY and Vietnam have agreed to work closer together on the development of industrial scale aquaculture.

The two countries, both major fish farming nations, took part in a special webinar at the weekend. Norway is of course well known as the world’s largest salmon farmer, while Vietnam exports tilapia and shrimp to all parts of the world.

The news outlet Vietnamplus reports that the participants included the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam, Innovation Norway and the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Deputy Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Phung Duc Tien told the digital gathering that Vietnam’s strategy over the next decade and beyond was to expand aquaculture into an industry producing large volumes of products both for export and home consumption.

But he also pointed out that Vietnam’s fish farming industry faced challenges in a number of areas, including infrastructure, technology and on biological issues.

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Vince McDonagh