In 2011, black tiger shrimp remains a key farming species

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tamsaid that in 2011, black tiger shrimp farming is still the main farming species, the localities should focus on investment in irrigation for aquaculture areas.

In 2010, the area of black tiger shrimp in the Mekong Delta River reached 564,845 ha, accounting for 92 percent of the country with the production of 309,275 MT. The farming areas  were concentrated in the provinces of Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Kien Giang, Tien Giang, Long An and Ca Mau.

Ca Mau province had 265,000 ha of black tiger shrimp farming area, accounting for nearly 40 percent with the production of 103,900 MT, the average yield of 393 kg per ha, up 3 percent compared to 2009. In particular, the industrial farming area was 1,500 ha and improved extensive farming area was 3,500 ha with over 140,000 shrimp farmers.

The province had 32 shrimp processing plants for export with the designed capacity of 180,000 MT per year. By 2012, the province will have Soc Trang shrimp brand and 2011 its farming area is numbered and farming areas is certified. The biggest difficulty now is to control the inputs; unstable feed price will be difficult for producers. While the technical barriers in importing countries are increasingly thick, building the image of Vietnamese shrimp in the world market is still restricted.

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said that in 2011, black tiger shrimp farming is still the main farming species, the localities should focus on investment in irrigation for aquaculture areas. In 2011, the Ministry will issue the criteria for farming areas adoption and strive to number 50 percent of shrimp farms to fulfil the traceability for the sustainable shrimp industry development.

 

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