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

Weekly summary (April 16, 2018 - April 22, 2018)


Storms near the end of 2017 flooded farming ponds and caused severe damages, but farmers in the Central region were not discouraged. They tried to overcome difficulties to prepare for new farming seasons. However, at the beginning in 2018, the increasing number of dead shrimp, the high price of shrimp juvenile and difficulties from borrowing money from, banks have caused troubles for thousands of shrimp farming households in the Central.
Shrimp farmers in provinces in the Central are anxious because the invasion of diseases is increasingly complicated due to climate change and low quality of breeds. According to the functional sector, diseases in shrimp often occur mainly due to poor quality of shrimp juvenile and limited management of shrimp hatchery.
To prevent diseases in shrimp, the industry advised households to choose the appropriate time to pump water and change water in ponds. Water should be treated before going into ponds. Farmers also need to closely monitor shrimp diseases of surrounding households for cooperation to handle damaging situations.

Processing, Import and Export:

On April 18, the Vietnam Pangasius Association of (VINAPA) cooperated with the Zhanjiang Chamber of Commerce (China) to organize the Mekong Delta Fisheries Conference and opportunities for trading in the Zhanjiang Aquatic Center (China).
Vietnam’s trade promotion activities to China are not only focused in coastal areas, but also inland region such as Hubei and Sichuan. As for the port city of Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, it is considered a key area in shrimp export and import of China. Recently, with a huge demand for food supplies for domestic consumption, Zhanjiang expressed its desire to import all of the key aquatic species from the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

Pet, Flowers and Ornamental Plants:

Currently, aquarium fish is attracted by many farmers in Ho Chi Minh City because of its entertainment and profitable purposes. There are many different types of aquarium fish in Ho Chi Minh City. Of these, one of the most popular products that are attractive and eye-catching is the red discus fish. With different benefits, many people have started their career in farming and trading aquarium fish. This is also one of the occupations that are suitable for the urbanization of Ho Chi Minh City.


Within a week, the price of pigs increased from VND30 thousand/kg to VND40-42 thousand/kg. Then reduced to VND38-39 thousand/ kg.
According to traders, the reason for the high price of pigs was farmers’ simultaneous reduction of pig farming due to long-time losses. However, supply shortages only occurred in some localities. It is unlikely that the pig market will recover as high as it did in the past. The price of pig increased because the supply fell sharply, but over time it exceeded the demand. The biggest decline was from small-scale livestock farming.


This year in Binh Phuoc Province, cashew crops end early. It is only the third lunar month, but many households have started to prune branches and fertilize to prepare for the coming season. Due to pests and unfavorable weather, many growers suffer from crop failure.
In Binh Phuoc, many cashew orchards produce only one third of their yield in 2017. For example, Bu Gia Map Agriculture Cooperative has 132 households participating with a total area of ​​about 400 hectares of cashew. This year, the situations of pests and diseases are severe, influencing 80-90% of the total cashew area in Bu Gia Map Commune. It is expected that the average productivity of Bu Gia Map Agriculture Cooperative will only reach half of those previous crops achieved, about 6 quintals per hectare.


Ho Van Vang in My Son Commune, Ninh Son District, Ninh Thuan Province is successful in growing organic grapes on arid land.
His vineyard has a total area of ​​8 hectares. It is invested in with modern technologies. As Ho said, the land in My Son is dry and lack of water; to grow grapes, the first condition is to keep moisture for the farming land. With proper care according to the process of safe and environmentally friendly production, grapes will be very well developed with high yield and quality. The economic value of these grapes is also higher than those of other places.
On an area of ​​4 hectares, he planted three types of grapes, NH-0148, NH 01-154 and wine grapes. Currently, most of the grape area he is planting is growing steadily.

Farmers, Agriculture, Countryside:

Coastal residents of Binh Dai and Ba Tri Districts of Ben Tre Province are delighted because the price of salt rose at the highest level in the past 3 years. After deducting expenses, farmers could earn an interest of about VND40,000/45kg of salt.
As farmers said, the weather this year is favorable for salt farming. After storing water in the field for about 10 days, they could harvest salt.

Living and Environment:

According to the management board of Phu My Biodiversity Conservation Zone, Giang Thanh District, Kien Giang Province, over the past few days, red-handed cranes (Grus antigone sharpie) have started to return to the Lepironia wetland in Phu My.
According to the management board, the reserve has captured more than 40 red-handed cranes.
The Phu My Conservation Zone has a total area of ​​940 hectares and a buffer zone of more than 1,700 hectares. It is home to the only remaining Lepironia wetland in Mekong Delta. It has been the seasonal destination for red-handed cranes for many years.

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