Dan­ish tech com­pa­nies move into Viet­nam

Fish Farmer - - World News -

TWO new sys­tems for sus­tain­able fish farm­ing have just opened in the Viet­nam Mekong Delta, driven by Dan­ish tech­nol­ogy.

The sys­tems have given Dan­ish com­pa­nies a foothold in the re­gion, while mak­ing fish pro­duc­tion greener, said the Dan­ish En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA).

Fish farm­ing in Viet­nam is pro­gress­ing at a fast pace but the tra­di­tional farm­ing fa­cil­i­ties that are most preva­lent in Viet­nam are an ob­sta­cle to growth.

There­fore Dan­ish pumps, oxy­gen me­tres, feed­ers, and other en­vi­ron­men­tal tech­nol­ogy that utilises re­sources ef­fec­tively and de­creases dam­age on the en­vi­ron­ment, are in high de­mand.

The new sys­tems are re­alised through EPA’s ex­port part­ner­ship VIDATEC, that was estab­lished in 2012 to en­hance Dan­ish ex­port.

‘There’s great po­ten­tial for more Dan­ish tech­nol­ogy ex­ports to Viet­nam – with hun­dreds of mil­lions of Dan­ish kro­ner ex­pected to be made,’ said the EPA.

A hand­ful of Dan­ish com­pa­nies have al­ready gained ac­cess to the Viet­namese mar­ket through an ex­port part­ner­ship estab­lished in 2012 through the EPA, and they ex­pect to stay in the coun­try for the com­ing years. They in­clude AKVA Group, OxyGuard, Grund­fos, DHI and RK-plast.

‘We are al­ready see­ing that Dan­ish tech­nol­ogy and pro­duc­tion pro­cesses helps Viet­nam pro­duce a higher num­ber of fish with­out com­pro­mis­ing with the en­vi­ron­ment,’ said Jes­per Heldbo, sec­re­tary gen­eral at AquaCir­cle, the or­gan­i­sa­tion for sup­pli­ers of aqua­cul­ture tech­nol­ogy in Den­mark.

‘We ex­pect our prod­ucts to be part of many new and mod­ernised fish farms in years ahead.’

The part­ner­ship and its ac­tiv­i­ties are spon­sored by the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Food, and have also re­sulted in Dan­ish com­pa­nies build­ing a re­cir­cu­lated system for shrimp pro­duc­tion in Viet­nam.

Viet­nam and China are the lead­ing play­ers in aqua­cul­ture in Asia. Com­ing from al­most no pro­duc­tion in 1999, the Viet­namese pro­duced more than 1.3 mil­lion tonnes from aqua­cul­ture in 2008.

Above: FisU farm­ing in VieW­nam

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