Toan Dao

Reporting from Hanoi, Vietnam

Toan Dao has covered Vietnam’s business community, with a focus on energy and agriculture, for a number of Vietnamese and international outlets for the past eight years. He also works as a program manager for the Hanoi-based Centre for Media and Development Initiatives, where he mainly takes part in providing training activities for local journalists and other players in the media community.

Published on
July 7, 2020

Vietnam produced an estimated 2.36 million metric tons (MT) of seafood in the second quarter, up 1.3 percent year-on-year, according to newly-published data from the General Statistics Office …

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Published on
July 6, 2020

Vietnam’s largest shrimp producer and exporter, Minh Phu Seafood, has had to lower expectations on its 2020 earnings and scale back its expansion plans as it adapts to the new business realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At its annual stakeholders meeting on 27 June, the company approved a plan to export 56,700 metric tons (MT) of shrimp, set an export value target of USD 638 million (EUR 567.7 million), and a target of earning

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Published on
July 6, 2020

India pulled in more marine fish and gained more value from their sale in 2019, according to the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).

In 2019, the country produced 3.56 million metric tons (MT) of marine fish, up 2.1 percent year-on-year. Tamil Nadu was the biggest producing state with 775,000 MT, followed by Gujarat with 749,000 MT, and Kerala with 544,000 MT, according to CMFRI.

West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka,

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Published on
July 2, 2020

The free trade agreement between European Union and Vietnam, the EVFTA, is not likely to offer an immediate benefit to Minh Phu, as tariffs on its cooked shrimp products will only be reduced gradually, according to the company, which is the leading Vietnamese shrimp exporter.

EVFTA, the “most modern, comprehensive and ambitious agreement ever concluded between the E.U. and a developing country,” according to the European

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Published on
July 1, 2020

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has made the decision to cancel Vietfish 2020 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual seafood show was scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Minh City from 26 to 28 August this year. In a statement issued on 30 June, VASEP said its decision was based on complications arising from the global COVID-19 outbreak and on feedback from exhibitors.

Although commercial

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Published on
June 29, 2020

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is expected to provide a determination in October on whether Vietnam’s leading shrimp company, Minh Phu Seafood, and its subsidiaries have evaded the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from India through its imports of shrimp into the U.S. ... 

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Published on
June 29, 2020

Vietnam has seen a boom in sales of squid and octopus to China, amid slowing exports to most other markets due to the coronavirus ... 

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Published on
June 26, 2020

Vietnam enjoyed considerable growth in its shrimp exports to the U.S. and Chinese markets in May ... 

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Published on
June 26, 2020

Exports of tuna from Vietnam to most major markets continue to be affected by the global outbreak of the coronavirus, according to Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) …

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Published on
June 26, 2020

Indonesia's government is taking steps to enhance the provision of insurance for aquaculture farmers as a means of lowering their collective business risk.

A 2016 law has paved the way for the country's federal government to provide payment of insurance premiums for small-scale fish farmers in Indonesia. The support will help the fishermen retain and continue to operate their businesseses in case they are affected by natural calamities

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