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Press release The Closing Ceremony of the Project "Establishing a Sustainable Pangasius Supply Chain in Vietnam"
Update: 31/03/2017
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Today, on March 29th, 2017, in Ho Chi Minh city, the Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre (VNCPC), Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Vietnam and WWF-Austria) organized the Closing Ceremony of the Project "Establishing a Sustainable Pangasius Supply Chain in Vietnam"(SUPA).

SUPA project co- funded by the European Union (EU) through the program EU SWITCH-Asia was deployed within 4 years (from April 2013-March 2017) to support pangasius producers and processors in the Mekong Delta.

With the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of Vietnam pangasius industry in the global market, minimizing negative effects to environment and boosting responsible production, in the past 4 years, the project has supported over 50 enterprises, 120 farming areas, 130 households, 12 cooperatives and attracted nearly 3,000 participants in training courses/technical workshops. The project consulted and trained farmers to raise the survival rate, reduce feed cost and negative effects to environment in the process of hatchery and production, contribute to reducing 7-10% of the production cost in hatchery and production. The project also technically supported 33 farming areas and cooperatives to gain international sustainable seafood certification. For processing enterprises, the project helped enhancing their capacity and consulted on resource efficiency and cleaner production (RE-CP) to more than 70 plants which cut down average 18- 20% of electricity consumption, 26-30% of water consumption for each plant. By this way, the project helped to cut down VND 2-5 billion of production cost for each plant and eliminated 21,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually for 54 pangasius processing plants.

One of unsustainable factors in pangasius supply chain is that finished products are mainly pangasius fillets with monotonous patterns and low added value. The project has collaborated with experts in organizing co-creation sessions with consumers in Europe and Vietnam to help Vietnamese businesses create 20 new products mainly from pangasius by-products. Accordingly, the project helped to "PUSH" pangasius enterprises to improve the quality, meet the demand of consumers.

For the development of the market, the project has organized many dialogues, introduced and promoted pangasius products in the domestic market as well as the European market: supporting 12 companies to participate and introduce their products at European exhibitions; arranged for European importers and retailers to visit Vietnam and interact with Vietnamese companies. The project has also helped to review the pangasius industry's policies compared to other countries by analyzing and making recommendations to competent agencies so that they can issue appropriate policies for the development orientation of sustainable pangasius industry in Vietnam.

Through the approach in all supply chain and the intervention by "PULL" and "PUSH" methods, after past 4 years, the project has achieved results as committed to the sponsor – EC at the beginning. The project also contributed to boost sustainable development of pangasius in particular as well as seafood in general and considered to be a good model to replicate with the similar supply chain in Vietnam.

For more information please contact:

Ms. Vien Ngoc Bich, Delegation of the European Commission, Tel: 04 9461783, email: bich.vien@eeas.europa.eu  Or Mr. Le Xuan Thinh, Project Manager, Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre (Hanoi University of Science and Technology), Tel:  04 38684849 (ext 28), email: thinh.lx@vncpc.org

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