10:15 | 09/10/2017 MUTRAP Corner
Every year, pangasius products contribute USD 1.6 million to total GDP of Vietnam mainly by export revenues. However, European market also produces white - fleshed fish namely cod or pollock; the U.S also has pangasius products. Protectionism in these markets will increase the pressure of competition for pangasius products from Vietnam, especially the pressure of food safety requirements.
Aiming to enhance food safety control, on May 9th, 2017, the Government promulgated Decree No. 55/ND-CP on the management of pangasius farming, processing and export and Vietnam's technical regulation on quality of pangasius fillet.
Implementing the activity "Promotion of brand development for pangasius fillet to the EU", the EU - MUTRAP has supported the Directorate of Fisheries to organize the workshop entitled "Food safety control and solutions to promote export of pangasius" on October 4th, 2017 in Can Tho Province.
The workshop aimed not only to disseminate updates and knowledge on quality control to for local competent authorities, farmers, producers and exporters but also to facilitate discussion on communication strategy for pangasius products of Vietnam.
Speaking at the workshop, the Leader of Aquaculture Department (Directorate of Fisheries) and representative of National Agro - Forestry - Fisheries Quality Assurance Department provided detailed guidelines on the implementation of Decree No. 55/ND-CP on food control from the stage of farming, processing to exporting pangasius.
In addition, the EU - MUTRAP experts also introduced food control measures in processing to ensure the compliance of pangasius fillet products with Vietnam's technical regulation, presented the technical report on brand building strategy for pangasius to the EU and discussed export promotion solutions for the product.
According to the experts, in order to enhance Vietnam's competitiveness in large markets, especially in the EU, enterprises should strengthen their cooperation with retailers and supermarkets for the information on products quality and price. It is also notable that the import markets have a wide variety of requirements. Therefore, to satisfy these requirements, Vietnamese enterprises should first pay attention to input materials for production.