The An Giang aquaculture breeding development centre will send its experts to the Tuol Krosang fish farm in Cambodia’s Kandal province where the “fry” are reared, to provide technical assistance and develop a new variety of fresh water fish.
According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP), this is part of a socio-economic development programme between An Giang province in the Mekong Delta and Kandal province to develop high quality varieties of fish to meet market’s demand and increase Cambodian fishermen’s incomes.
At the start, the An Giang centre will provide Tuol Krosang with 200,000 chub fish fry for breeding. By 2011, the centre will have trained 30-50 Cambodian technicians in methods of raising baby fish. In 2008, Kandal provincial seafood department assisted its An Giang partner to purchase 10,000 breeding catfish of natural origin to produce new generations with improved genes.
At the same time, the An Giang seafood department provided Kandal with equipment to carry out research and train technical staff.
At present, Vietnam’s aquatic products dominate 80 percent of Cambodia’s market.