Danish tech companies move into Vietnam
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