CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SECTOR
I. Over view
Pangasius have been raising and developing mostly in 10 Mekong Delta River provinces of Vietnam, including: An Giang, Dong Thap, Tien Giang, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Ben Tre, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Kien Giang, and two provinces (Tay Ninh and Quang Nam) with total farming area of 6,078 hectares (in 2017) and expected to rise up to 7,600 – 7,800 hectares in 2020. Provinces of Can Tho, An Giang and Dong Thap are the leading culture regions of Pangasius in the Mekong Delta, account for over 75% of the total national Pangasius production. Pangasius industry is selfcontrolled in raw material sources toward sustainable production chain.
Pangasius products are produced in compliance with strict international food safety and international quality management standards such as GlobalGAP, ASC and BAP..
Pangasius is more and more popular in the world thanks its heath and nutrition. The fish has been exported to 132 countries and territories in 2018, including demanding markets as the EU, Brazil, USA, Australia and Canada.
In 2020, Vietnam's pangasius exports reached nearly 1.5 billion USD, down 25.5% compared to 2019. In which, the export of frozen pangasius products accounted for 86% with 1.28 billion USD, down 28 %, The export of frozen whole pangasius accounted for 12% to reach 172 million USD, down 7% and the rest is processed pangasius with over 2% to reach over 40 million USD.