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Succesful trout raising project in Vietnam

The Finish Government, the Fisheries Innovation Centre of Finland (FIC) and the Aquaculture Institute of Vietnam funded a €100,000 trout raising project in Sa Pa, Vietnam. Conclusion: the fish in Sa Pa grow even faster than those raised in Finland.

Also restaurants are positive about the quality of the trouts coming from this new farm. Chief Cook Jurgen Kauz of Hanoi's Melia Hotel, which buys 450 kg of rainbow trout's a month, said that the quality and meat colour of Sa Pa-raised fish is as good as imported fish.

More investments
So far, Sa Pa is the only place in Vietnam where rainbow trout eggs can be hatched. Fish fries are then transferred to Lam Dong farms for raising. Several businesses in Lam Dong and Ho Chi Minh City are planning to invest in the fish. Lam Dong has zoned off about 50ha of water surface for raising the cold water fish by 2010, in the hope of winning a great share of the domestic rainbow trout market which currently imports 1,500 tonnes of the products a year.

Technical conditions
However, there remain remarkable difficulties as farmers have to depend on imported egg supply and fish feeds. In addition, the raising of rainbow trout's requires strict technical conditions and major start-up investment which is out of reach for most local farmers.

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