Vietnam - Sri Lanka to strengthen bonds in fisheries
Vietnam and Sri Lanka have agreed to strengthen bonds in the
fisheries sector and agreed to further boost cooperation in aquaculture
and product marketing.
This was highlighted during discussions between Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources Development Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne and Vietnam
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cao Duc Phat and senior
Vietnam ministry officials during Minister Senaratne's recent visit to
According to Minister Senaratne, the Vietnam government highlighted
the importance of cooperation between the two countries.
The minister participated in the VIETFISH 2012, the 14th
international seafood exhibition organised by the Vietnam Seafood
Exporters and Promoters (VASEP) held in Ho Chi Minh city.
The minister held discussions with VASEP Chairman Prof Nguyen Huu
Dzung, VASEP Secretary General Truong Dinh Hoe and industry leaders at
the event. Minister Senaratne participated in an inspection tour of
catfish farms and processing plants in the Mekong delta, the key area of
catfish production in Vietnam which has an annual export value of US $
1.8 billion. According to sources, the value of the total seafood
exports from Vietnam stood at US $ 6.2 billion last year.
The minister also visited Nha Trang Research Station where he was
received by its Director Dr Bao Van Tri. This station provides technical
expertise in seaweed and sea cucumber culture and marketing, and lobster
Under the Sri Lanka- Vietnam technical cooperation programme in
fisheries, the revised work plan was endorsed and signed at the third
Joint Committee Meeting in Hanoi recently.
Sri Lanka's focal point for the cooperation programme is National
Aquaculture Development Authority. Vietnamese experts have already
visited Sri Lanka and identified the location for a sea cucumber
hatchery in Mannar.