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Aquaculture, agriculture: livestock, cultivation, processing & import, export

Weekly summary (December 4, 2017 - December 10, 2017)


Until now, farmers in Soc Trang Province have more than 53,000 hectares of shrimp farming, exceeding the planned target. The province also has harvested more than 30,400 hectares of shrimp, with an output of more than 95,800 tons. Raw shrimp prices are always high, so farmers in this region continue to earn high profit this year. Shrimp farming in brackish water in 2017 is successful so far for Soc Trang.
Many factors have contributed to the success of the crop this year. First, the crop calendar is appropriate. Along with that are simultaneous implementations of solutions to increase productivity such as preparing water before farming shrimp or multiplying efficient farming models that were innovated from the past crops. Some of the prominent models include the two-stage shrimp culture, the polyculture of tilapia and shrimp, and the application of biological advances. In the year 2017, there are also potential advantages for shrimp farming. Those are the application of automatic monitoring equipment in ponds for timely handling, and aerators that save 25-30% power compared to the traditional aeration system.

Processing, Import and Export:

The fishery sector in Khanh Hoa Province is actively implementing measures to overcome the shortcomings that the EU warned about seafood export from Vietnam to this market.
Currently, 100% of offshore fishing vessels in Khanh Hoa have been equipped with satellite navigation equipment. Authorities are able to locate how far the ships can go. In addition, responsible agencies regularly communicate and mobilize fishermen to not violate, enter foreign seas for fisheries. There will be cross checks between fishing vessels to guarantee that fishermen’s activities are legal and appropriate. The fisheries sector has developed and expanded models promoting links between the exploitation, processing and consumption of seafood products.


According to authorities, poultry production in Hanoi accounts for a high proportion (about 40% of GDP in the livestock sector). It has a total of 28.7 million poultry, including 18.5 million chickens. Of these, 58.7% of the total chickens in the city were chickens grazed in gardens.
The models of farming chicken in gardens are mostly concentrated in Ba Vi, Soc Son, Thach That, Quoc Oai, Chuong My, My Duc, and Son Tay. Chicken raised in the form of grazing in gardens, hills with natural feeds or convenient sources such as corn, rice bran, and green vegetables. These make the quality of this type of chicken good and tasty.
Toward long-term and sustainable livestock benefits, in recent years, localities in Hanoi have successfully built collective trademarks such as "Mia Son Tay Chicken," "Ba Vi Chicken," and "Soc Son Chicken.”


Ca Mau City, Ca Mau Province has implemented the rice – shrimp crop this year in 570 hectares. The large field in Tan Xuyen Ward especially has more than 100 hectares applying this rice-shrimp model. The rice grows well while the model opens a new direction of sustainable production for farmers in this region.
In order to maintain and promote the efficiency of this crop-rotation model, farmers in Tan Xuyen were instructed about cultivation techniques and simultaneously sowing seedlings of main rice varieties such as OM 5451, OM 2517, CM2 and A Red Dust. These are high-quality seeds  that have high tolerance to salinity, pests, and provide high productivity.
In fact, due to the impact of climate change, farmers are facing drought and salinity intrusion. The rice-shrimp model has shown positive results, and proved that farmers have chosen the right direction for their farming activities.


According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam now has about 910,000 hectares of fruit trees with the total yield of about 9.5 million tons per year. In particular, the Mekong Delta plays an important role with a fruit area of ​​50% and a production of 60%. The good news is that in recent years, export of fruits and vegetables have grown steadily.
Specifically, in 2003 vegetables and fruits export was about $151.5 million. In 2013, it reached the milestone of $1.07 billion, and in 2016, this statistic increased to $2.45 billion. In the first 11 months of 2017, fruit and vegetable export was estimated at $3.16 billion, an increase of 43.2% compared to 2016.
The farming areas of key export fruit trees such as pomelo, banana, mango, orange, pineapple, and longan will continue to be expanded. The target is to reach a fruit and vegetable export turnover of $4.5 billion by 2020, and $7 billion by 2030.

Farmers, Agriculture, Countryside:

At the workshop on selection and application of high technology in agricultural production in Long An Province (held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and 3 provinces of Long An, Tien Giang and Dong Thap), farmers participating had opportunities to share and have more information about high-tech agriculture, especially the development of agriculture 4.0.
Thanks to technology, agriculture 4.0 helps manage each plot and pond to increase productivity, quality, reduce costs, and minimize chemical residues.

Pet, Flowers and Ornamental Plants:

The Vietnamese mickey-mouse plant. The picture is for illustrative purpose only.

People in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern provinces have known about Thu Duc as the "cradle" of the Vietnamese mickey-mouse plant. It has three main wards of Hiep Binh Chanh, Hiep Binh Phuoc and Linh Dong that are famous for this flower species. If it comes to artisans of the flower village of Thu Duc, we must mention Pham Van Tu in neighborhood 6, Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward.
In an area of 3.200 square meters, Pham’s family grows and grafts Vietnamese mickey-mouse plants for high economic value. At this time of the year when Lunar New Year is coming, his garden has about 1,000 roots (both potted and planted).
There are grafted Vietnamese mickey-mouse plants that are 2 – 3 meter tall, and 20 – 30 centimeter of diameter roots. The average income from this trees brings to Pham’s family is 150 million Vietnamese dong per year after deducting expenses.

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