Sri Lanka can tap Vietnam for aquaculture: minister

July 30, 2011 (LBO) – Vietnam is ready to send experts to Sri Lanka to transfer aquaculture knowledge and techniques to grow seaweed, lobster and sea-cucumber, visiting minister Vu Van Tam said in Colombo. “We can send out technicians or experts to help Sri Lanka,” deputy minister Tam said. “Or we are ready to receive your delegation of technicians to practices in my country.”

Tam who is Vietnam’s deputy minister of agriculture and rural development is also in charge of the country’s directorate of fisheries. He headed a delegation to take part in a regional fisheries conference in Colombo this week.

He said a technical team could be put together within a month if Sri Lanka makes a request from his ministry.

Vietnam is a key producer of seafood and is the world’s fifth largest exporter of seafood, Tam said.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers, exports in the first quarter rose 27 percent from a year earlier to 1.15 billion dollars. This year’s seafood exports are projected at 5.5 billion US dollars, Tam said.

The Vietnamese have engaged in farming the sea or ‘mariculture’ for long years as well as engaging in inland aquaculture.

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