CUU LONG DELTA (VNS) — Profitable shrimp farming produced a rapid transformation in the quality of life for people in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region, but the unplanned expansion in production has also had negative effects on the environment and domestic shrimp trade. Due to its favorable natural conditions, farmers in coastal communes of the southern Ben Tre Province started to switch from rice cultivation to shrimp farming 15 years ago. The rapid success and high income that the industry ushered in pushed many local people to invest in this sector. After a few years, Thanh Phuoc transformed from a poor commune into a wealthy locality, and the number of households with an annual turnover of more than US$50,000 increased rapidly. Ngo Van Thu, a farmer in Thanh Phuoc Commune, said the land had not yet been exploited at that time, so the water resources were abundant and the clean environment supported the production. Due to attractive profits, farmers in other areas of … [Read more...] about Shrimp farming in Viet Nam: the search for sustainability
HCM CITY — More than 2,500 families in the southernmost province of Ca Mau are benefiting from a new rice-shrimp farming model, according to the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The department said that more than 4,600 ha of land used to grow rice and raise shrimp have yielded a bumper crop this year, with 4.5 tonnes of rice per hectare and 500 kg of shrimp per hectare. On average, each household earned a profit of at least VND100 million (US$4,784). An additional 6,000ha of rice-shrimp farming land is expected to be harvested soon, resulting in a doubling of agricultural productivity compared to the corresponding period last year. Local agricultural experts have been conducting research on how to best combine rice cultivation and shrimp breeding on the same land. According to experts, farmers can raise shrimp on their rice fields during rice cultivation if the water in the fields is either brackish or freshwater. Land used to grow rice is less … [Read more...] about Rice-shrimp farming model proves successful in Ca Mau
VietNamNet Bridge - Nanotechnology applications offer fresh hope for beleaguered shrimp farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces, experts said at workshops held in Ben Tre Province on Wednesday and in Bac Lieu Province on Friday. A researcher with the Laboratory for Nanotechnology under the Viet Nam National University-HCM City mixes nano-silver solution with water before using it in a pond belonging to the Thai Tuan Shrimp Farm in Can Gio District, HCM City. — Photo Courtesy of LNT Farmers in the delta have suffered severe losses over the last several years as shrimps have been dying in larger numbers due to various diseases. Le Thi Liet, a farmer in Ben Tre Province's Binh Dai Town, said that shrimp farming has helped her family become wealthy over the last ten years. However, for the last two years, her farm has not been doing well. While the same breeding method has been applied, shrimps have been dying after 15-30 days, and she said she did not know why this was … [Read more...] about Can nanotech save dying shrimp farms?
Under one initiative, rice cultivation in several Mekong Delta provinces has been converted to growing fruit trees and grapes that require less water yet provide suitable alternative sources of income for farmers. Vietnam is the third largest exporter of rice, behind India and Thailand. Nicknamed the ‘rice bowl’, the Mekong Delta region comprises 12% of the arable land of the country and is responsible for nearly 50% of the rice production. This past paddy season, the culprit was salt water intruding upstream from the coast, said Mekong wetlands ecologist Nguyen Huu Thien. In turn, he places the blame squarely on dams that have been constructed at locations in Laos and Cambodia that are blocking the free flow of water and sediment, which allows for saltwater to make its way in the opposite direction the waters of the river naturally flow. Last year, a severe drought in much of Southeast Asia compounded the problem. In May, the Vietnam government observed the Mekong River … [Read more...] about Vietnam looks for shrimp farming to save the Mekong Delta
VietNamNet Bridge - More than 100 households in the coastal town of Lang Co in Phu Loc district in Thua Thien – Hue province raise white-leg shrimp illegally, causing serious pollution to one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Hoang Trong and his family members in Loan Ly residential quarter in Lang Co Town have been farming white-leg shrimp on the 1,500 sq meter pond located in Lap An Lagoon for the last three years. Trong said that after failed efforts to ask for local authorities’ permission for shrimp farming, he decided to farm shrimp illegally, because he doesn’t have other jobs to earn his living. In Loan Ly, like many other residential quarters in the coastal town of Lang Co, illegal shrimp farming has been carried out on a large scale. More and more shrimp ponds have arisen next to Lap An Lagoon, or in residential quarters. Under Decision No 72 released by the Thua Thien – Hue provincial People’s Committee in 2014, the white-leg … [Read more...] about Thua Thien – Hue: beautiful bay ‘dying’ because of shrimp farming