CAN THO – PANGASIUS CLUSTER
Pangasius production as an aquaculture sector in Vietnam has grown dramatically in the last 15 years. Reports in 2002 indicated that the country produced about 100,000 tons a year. Now, the figure stands at 1.3 million tons. In November 2016, the pangasius farming area in the country has reached 4,552 hectares, according to a report from the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Presently, pangasius products are sold in over 140 markets around the world, primarily in USA, EU, Hong Kong, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, and other countries in Southeast Asia.
However, the production is concentrated in some select parts of the Mekong Delta only, particularly in Can Tho, An Giang and Dong Thap. The increase in the demand for pangasius in local and global markets requires competitive and high quality products developed with the aid of scientific and technological applications. There is also a need to improve market information systems in order to boost production efficiency and sales and therefore, increase the foreign revenue for small enterprises in these parts of the Mekong Delta.
With over 55 members and exporting about 99% of its products overseas, the Pangasius Cluster in Can Tho province seeks to expand their market options and strengthen their negotiation power.
Staff members from the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) who attended trainings at MI provided the cluster with market information system support. The VCCI provides consultancy services and business support advice to the cluster members through an online forum in order to broaden the cluster’s export market information.