Nam Định: Developing sustainable clam farming
The whole province of Nam Định has more than 3,000 hectares of clam farming, concentrated in two districts of Nghĩa Hưng and Giao Thủy. Annually supplying from 35,000 – 50,000 tons of commercial clams and tens of billions of clam seed to the market…
In 2020, the province has 500 hectares of farming in the clam area of Nam Điền commune (Nghĩa Hưng district) to be certified for sustainable aquaculture according to ASC international standards (this is the first ASC certification in Vietnam and in the world for clam Meretrix lyrata). ASC certification is likened to “VIP Visa” for the province’s clam products to enter many markets around the world, especially the markets of Europe, America, Japan, and high-end supermarkets in China with a value 2-3 times higher. This ASC certification will open up great opportunities to develop Vietnamese branded products from clams, which bring high economic value and can strongly promote the brand of aquaculture products in Vietnam in general and the province’s clam product brand in particular.
Ms. Hoang Thi To Nga, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that in the context of global integration, it is required to develop sustainable agricultural production towards achieving international certifications, ASC certification for Meretrix clams Lyrata of Nam Dinh opens up trade opportunities for the seafood industry in general and the clam industry in particular when Vietnam has been participating in many free trade agreements such as TPP, FTA, EVFTA… To solve the limitations To regulate and exploit the “golden” opportunity for the development of local clam production, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development strengthens inspection and supervision of the observance of the law on environmental protection for clam production and trading establishments. in the area, resolutely handle organizations and individuals that do not comply with regulations on environmental protection. Coordinating with the People’s Committees of coastal districts in guiding the farming process and the management of farming areas for fishermen; at the same time, effectively implement the program of monitoring food hygiene and safety in the harvesting of bivalve mollusks; periodically collect samples to assess the environment and diseases in order to warn farmers to avoid risks and improve production efficiency; implementing a strict food safety control program, ensuring that the European B standard on biosafety is met for commercial clam products that are eligible for export to the EU market.
According to experts, in the long run, Nam Định needs to create a chain link closed from the process of nursery clam identical to the production and processing of clam products in order to support each other in the production process and solve output products, aiming to build brand clam Nam Định stand firm in the domestic market and export. People feed the clam to focus on building, planning the production, big link production, and application of the regulations, the safety of national, international.
Through the assessment, the province’s clam farming area still has more than 2,000 hectares of clam farming in Giao Thủy and Nghĩa Hưng districts that are likely to achieve ASC certification. If the ASC certified farming area is increased, it will open up great development opportunities for the province’s clam industry. Mr. Tran Anh Dung, Standing Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee, shared that the Provincial People’s Committee has requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and related agencies to survey, evaluate and continue to develop the material area for the clam production and processing factory export and ASC certification for other clam farming areas of the province. At the same time, it is required that localities with clam farming areas have policies to encourage investors and businesses to return to their localities to coordinate with people in clam production to ensure export quality standards and improve production value, life, and income for people.
Earlier, Deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien and a delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development had studied the clam farming area of Nam Định in order to plan the construction of technological infrastructure for clam seed production to meet the needs of local farmers. Besides, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will continue to support the maintenance and development of linkage chains in clam farming, processing and trading; calling on businesses to step up investment in deep processing to develop new products from clams. Before the eyes of Nam Dinh will facilitate maximum to limited company Lenger Vietnam (the first time was to export 200,000 boxes of meat clam to the European market at the end of 2021) building model pilot clean clam reach class A according to European standards to eligible products export directly to this market. Continue research to improve production processes, improve product quality, increase the ability of competitive products on the market.