Low Price Leads to Drop in Pangasius Production19 July 2013
VIET NAM - In the first half of 2013, domestic pangasius production totaled around 560,000 MT, decreasing by 3 per cent from that reported in the corresponding period of 2011, according to the Viet Nam Department of Statistics.
Some key producing provinces saw a drop in fish farming areas, according to VASEP.
An Giang has 846 hectares, down 3 per cent (130,000 MT of raw fish, down 3 per cent), Can Tho 746 hectares, down 5.1 per cent, (61,000 MT of fish, down 6.9 per cent), Vinh Long 434 hectares, down 10.6 per cent (52,000 MT of fish, down 7.6 per cent) and Ben Tre 416 hectares, down 7.1 per cent (90,000 MT of fish, down 3 per cent).
The drop in production was due to lower price of raw pangasius, rising input costs and quiet trend in demand from importing markets.
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