(seafood.vasep.com.vn) The agriculture industry posted a year-on-year growth of 2.68 percent in the first quarter of 2019, despite an array of difficulties caused by the African swine fever and unstable export markets, mainly driven by the seafood and forestry sector.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he wishes that Chu Lai would strive to become a high-quality agro-forestry processing hub of the country to be able to meet huge demand in ASEAN, northeastern Asia, G7 and G20 countries.

Fifteen Vietnamese seafood exporters attended the Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America, the largest of its kind show in the North America, from March 17-19 in Boston, the US to seek new partners and expand export markets.

Information work plays an important role in consolidating public confidence in domestic production, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.

Fifteen leading Vietnamese enterprises is taking part in the Seafood Expo North America, the biggest annual event of its kind in the region, which opened in Boston, the US, on March 17.

Vietnam needs to realise and capitalise on the advantages of each agricultural product so as to boost both production and consumption, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong at a forum in Hanoi on March 5.

Enterprises in the garment and fishery sectors have set development plans to take full advantage of free trade agreements such as the CPTPP and EVFTA.

Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery exports in February hit 1.93 billion USD, bringing the figure in the first two months of this year to 5.5 billion USD, a decrease of 1.6 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang will expand various sustainable shrimp farming models to meet its target of producing 76,000 tonnes this year, slightly up from last year, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang strives to yield 21,500 tonnes of shrimp on a site of 3,100ha in Long Xuyen Quadrangle and U Minh Thuong in 2019.

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is hoped to usher in a new period in promoting cooperation and mutual economic development between the two sides as it comes into effect in mid-2019, according to Italian experts.

There are many opportunities for Vietnamese enterprises to sell their goods in Japan, according to Yuichiro Shiotani, director general of Aeon Top Value Viet Nam.

The central province of Quang Tri is building internationally-certified and high-tech shrimp farming zones in order to raise its shrimp value from 550 billion VND (23.9 million USD) to over 1 trillion VND.

The European Commission has delisted Thailand from the group of "warned countries" as recognition of its progress in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The first Mekong Delta Forum on developing the partnership between Vietnam and Australia in organic agriculture was held in An Giang province on January 14.