RATCHABURI, 22 March 2015 – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) is eyeing an upgrade of Thailand’s ornamental fish market to become the intentional hub of breeding and trading in high-quality fish by 2016.
The country’s goal was revealed today by MOAC’s Permanent-Secretary Chavalit Chookajorn when he presided over a national seminar on ornamental fish breeding and marketing at Fish Village Ratchaburi.
He said that the industry has a clear path in Thailand, as the country produces a wide range of the world’s standard ornamental fish bringing in a total of THB 2,000m in export revenue.
Thus he asked all operators in the industry to unite in a comprehensive effort to drive the industry forward and create innovations as well as build connections between the government and private sectors both domestically and internationally.
According to the Director-General of the Fisheries Department Joompol Sanguansin, the objectives of the seminar were to enhance Thai competitiveness in the industry and to strengthen connections between fish breeders and marketers at a national level.
The Fisheries Department also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Fish Village Ratchaburi, Thai Qian Hu Co.,Ltd., the Mall Group and Siam Ornamental Fish Cooperatives in order to achieve its goal to become the prime intentional ornamental fish market by next year.