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8 standards of Pangasius farming
Update 12/29/2008

Can Tho University and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have just organized a seminar: “Conversation about farming Pangasius” to see the result of technician group and make a plan for Pangasius farming norm.

This group was established in May 2008, research of 20% of successful farmers in countries and those norms will apply for the whole world and focus on Vietnam – the biggest Pangasius farming country.

Norms will be applied to many countries, for all system of Pangasius farming, no limitation of size. So, it’s not a promotion or supporting to any system. There are 8 themes.

1.    Law follow: The farms run in particular place and follow the law there, included the central and local law and the international law as well. Specifically, they have to follow the permission, land and water usage, tax, working rules, etc.

2.    Water and land usage: Farm has to be located in the local farming land, they should not build farm in the conservation region, are not allow to prevent the movement of sea animal, the limitation of the volume of sewage.

3.    Social responsibility and user confliction: This pushes to the rural development, and stop famine and poverty. Farmers have right to approach the farmer association or make a new association. Farmers have right to negotiate. Farmers are treated fairly, have medical insurance, know the salary rules and benefits. Employees and employers have a contract and employees have a rest everyday and leave every year.

4.    Hereditary and biology diversity: This regulation aims to reduce the affection of Pangasius farming with natural flock, local biology diversity, natural places. Just farming Pangasius in natural places which have this fish, prohibiting with places without this fish. Breeding must be taken form natural flock. Especially, don’t farm too much and make sure the pond design does not have “escape” it causes harmful to natural flock in the place.

5.    Water contamination: Reduce the negative affects of Pangasius farming to water. Do not let muddy water to public water. The quality of water has to follow the norm in order to protect the environment.

6.    Food control: Food and feeding method ensure the food resource and lower emission. Food for feeding have to be tested and have stable. Do not take substandard products.

7.    Healthy control: Applying the healthy control to maintain the strong fish and effective. The alive fish in the farm must be over 70% every year.

8.    Antibiotic and chemical: Ensure a food safety and quality, reduce the impact to ecological and human health. Farmers have to prove all the chemical and antibiotic which registered to local authority. The antibiotic has to be tested by experts.

Source: Viet Nam Seafood

Translated by Vietfish Community