23 Jan 2019 - Least developed countries are finding out from Viet Nam how fisheries sector opportunities can transform their economies.
“If only we could have this in our country,” says Manding Saidykhan from the Gambia in West Africa, referring to an industrial shrimp farm he visited in Viet Nam to see new aquaculture technology and fisheries management techniques.
“Our country needs this type of aquaculture, so we can have food security and reduce pressure on the seas.”
Perceptions of the potential of the fisheries sector to support some of the world’s poorest nations – the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) – are changing.
Mr. Saidykhan was among more than 50 participants of an UNCTAD-led workshop at the Regional Centre of Excellence at Nha Trang University from states as diverse as Cambodia, Comoros, Mozambique, Myanmar and Uganda.
Another participant, Paul Omani, who is the regulatory head of inspection services at Uganda’s agriculture ministry, says Viet Nam’s success as a leading exporter of high-value fish products is an inspiration to LDCs.
“We have learned about the high production systems from Viet Nam and their export-orientated focus on high-value fish species,” he says.
“We saw their production systems, highly intensive, for shrimp. This is one of the main fish species being exported to the market. It is making a very big contribution to Viet Nam’s economic development.”
Indeed, the shrimp business is one of the biggest industries in Viet Nam.
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