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
April 2, 2020

India is unlikely to achieve its seafood export target of USD 7 billion (EUR 6.5 billion) this financial year due to disruptions to global trade flow caused by the coronavirus pandemic, The Hindu BusinessLine reported in late March.

The country exported seafood worth USD 6.73 billion (EUR 6.2 billion) in the last financial year.

To contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a complete lockdown on

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Published on
April 1, 2020

The European Council has approved a decision to conclude the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), the final procedure from the E.U. side needed for the deal to become effective.

Following this move from E.U., Vietnamese lawmakers are expected to ratify the agreement in early summer, after which it will come into force, the council said in a statement on 30 March.

The European Parliament endorsed the deal with Vietnam on 12

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Published on
March 31, 2020
Lighthouse Finance, a Norwegian firm providing financing for seafood projects, has said the rapid spread of the coronavirus outbreak may affect the timing of the new recirculating aquaculture (RAS) projects it is working on. Lighthouse has put millions of dollars of investment into the aquaculture industry in recent years, structuring transactions and raising money to finance the construction of land-based integrated recirculating aquaculture… Read More
Published on
March 31, 2020

Century Pacific Food (CNPF), a major tuna producer in the Philippines, has announced that its operations are not affected by the drastic measures imposed recently by local government to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

As of 26 March, the Philippines reportedly had more than 700 confirmed cases with more than 40 deaths

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Published on
March 30, 2020

Vietnam’s top shrimp company, Minh Phu Seafood, has decided to invest more in its large-scale farming area in southern Vietnam to increase the share of its own supply.

On 25 March, the company’s board of directors approved a plan to increase the charter capital of its subsidiary Minh Phu Kien Giang by VND 380 billion

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Published on
March 27, 2020

Seafood exporters in Vietnam are seeing their orders and export value plunge due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Local exporters surveyed by the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said their orders have been reduced by between 30 to 50 percent. The COVID-19 outbreak has forced customers in other affected countries to cancel or postpone orders from Vietnamese packers, and local producers have also had trouble filling

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Published on
March 27, 2020

Cambodia hopes to begin exporting its aquaculture products in the next few years ... 

Photo courtesy of Anne

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Published on
March 27, 2020

Thai Union is looking to use proteins produced from insects to replace fishmeal in its fish farming, The Bangkok Post reported on 13 March.

Environmental groups have labeled conventional fishmeal as an unsustainable feed worsening the impact of fish farming. Insect-based feed may address their concerns and help build a sustainable fisheries sector, the newspaper reported.

Thai Union also said it is seeing a change in consumer behavior,

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Published on
March 26, 2020

Pangasius exports from Vietnam have declined sharply thus far in 2020 due to the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused significant declines in nearly all its major markets …

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Published on
March 25, 2020

Vietnam has had to reduce shipments of tuna, squid, and octopus in the first two months of this year because it could not import sufficient material for processing due to impacts from the coronavirus outbreak ...

Photo courtesy of TRAN THI HAI

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