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Nguyen Quang Hung, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that seafood export turnover in 2021 is estimated at 8.89 billion USD, up 5.7% over the same period last year and increased by 4.6% compared to the plan.

In order to achieve the above results in the face of difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Directorate of Fisheries regularly monitors localities’prodution, proactively and promptly reports to the Ministry for guidance and direction for localities.

Typically, the Directorate of Fisheries adjusts aquaculture production seasons, strengthens control of fishing vessels at ports, ensures pandemic prevention and control without affecting production activities while maintaining growth and increasing the value of seafood production.

The Directorate of Fisheries has advised the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to promptly organize conferences on removing difficulties and promoting production to ensure seafood production and unbroken supply chains in 2021 and the year 2022.

In particular, the world’s shrimp import demand in 2021 will increase again, especially in major markets such as Europe, the United States, Japan, China and South Korea. While shrimp supply from some countries such as India and some other suppliers will decrease due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam’s shrimp production will continue to grow well due to advantages from Free trade agreements, ensuring stability in commercial shrimp farming and seafood processing.

In addition, functional units of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development actively worked with the US Food Inspection Agency (FSIS) to identify Vietnam’s Food Safety Management System and implement regulations in Vietnam’s Tra fish production, processing and export chain to ensure that Vietnam’s Tra fish is eligible to continue exporting to the United States.