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According to a report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in 2023, the Tra fish industry faces numerous challenges due to inflation and political instability. It is estimated that by 2023, the Tra fish farming area nationwide will be around 5,700 hectares (equal to 98% of 2022); output is about 1.61 million tons (equivalent to the same period); Export turnover is estimated at 1.8 billion USD, only 75% of the figure in 2022.

Deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien believes that to achieve the goal of producing 1.7 million tons of commercial Tra fish and reaching a 2 billion USD export turnover by 2024, the Mekong Delta region, especially the provinces of An Giang and Dong Thap, along with processing and exporting enterprises, need to focus on improving the quality of Tra fish fingerlings. They should expedite the implementation of initiatives and research tasks related to selecting and creating desired traits (disease resistance, fillet ratio, product flavor, protein and fat content, salt tolerance, etc.) according to market demand. It is recommended to apply disease prevention technologies such as vaccines and molecular genetics to enhance the quality of Tra fish fingerlings.

Additionally, it is encouraged to build a supply chain from fingerling production, commercial Tra fish farming, processing to export, reduce production costs to enhance competitiveness, and take responsibility for monitoring and overseeing the production process. Establishing an electronic traceability system for the export chain - processing plants - farming facilities, ponds that have been assigned identification numbers is crucial for transparency. Enterprises should continue researching and developing deep-processed products, value-added products, and diversify products according to different market segments, with a particular focus on ready-to-eat processed products to increase the value of Tra fish.

Deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien urges units under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and industry associations to proactively and timely coordinate with relevant authorities of importing countries and related entities to address technical barriers. It is crucial to continue paying attention to developing and connecting markets for Tra fish products, especially in the Islamic and Chinese markets. Regularly updating information on market requirements and trends, providing timely advice, and sharing information with relevant entities will help overcome difficulties and support Tra fish processing and exporting enterprises in the coming period.