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

Weekly summary of agriculture news from Vietnam (June 10, 2019 - June 16, 2019)

Aquaculture:

Binh Dinh Province has 1,776.2 hectares of shrimp farming for its first shrimp crop in 2019. The area is equivalent to that of the same period in 2018. Currently, ​​30.3 hectares are being harvested with an output of 870.2 tons, which is an increase of 47% over the same period last year.

Although the province’s shrimp yield increases, the price of whiteleg shrimp reduces. This situation makes it difficult for farmers. The price of shrimp type 100 shrimp/kilogram is now only at VND80,000 - 85,000/kilogram; type 70 shrimp/kilogram is at VND90,000 - 95,000/kilogram.

Normally at the beginning of each harvest season, when the quantity of shrimp in the market is still low, shrimp price should be high. Yet, the price of shrimp this year drops and falls deeply. Its profit is only enough to cover the cost of farming and investment.

Processing, Import and Export:

"Aquaculture Business Connect Day" will be held in Ca Mau Province on June 17. This event supports cooperation, investment, the demand-supply relationship between Vietnamese and foreign seafood businesses. It brings practical opportunities to help Vietnamese businesses increase export, expand their markets, and improve the economic value of fishery products.

Four foreign representatives of the United States at this event are Aramark, Bon Appetit, Santa Monica Seafoods, and Fortune Fish & Gourmet. In addition, there are numerous other Vietnamese buyers and suppliers participating in the connect day.

Also at this event, agencies will officially launch the Clean and Sustainable Shrimp Alliance of Vietnam.

Livestock:

In 2019, authority of Bac Giang Province cooperated with Yen The and Son Dong Districts to build a model of domestic beekeeping according to VietGAHP standard. This project has a scale of 160 beehives.

The model is implemented with the aim of developing indigenous and specialty livestock. At the same time, it supports the transfer of new technical advances to local beekeepers. The model raises people’s awareness of farming healthy beehives, ensures that the bees become less susceptible to diseases, and helps beekeepers understand biosecurity as well eliminates antibiotic residues and pesticides in honey products.

Domestic bee breeds of the model are nurtured and domesticated in Vietnam. The bees have many advantages such as high reproduction rate, resistance to foulbrood or some other diseases, and good adaptation to local climate.

Plantation:

According to Long An Province’s authority, the area of ​​sugarcane in the province is decreased sharply compared to the previous time. Specifically, as of June 8, 2019, the area of sugarcane in the 2019-2020 crop is estimated at 2,908 hectares, only at 42% of the same period in 2018.

Sugarcane planting of the province is concentrated in the districts of Ben Luc, Thu Thua and Duc Hoa. Reasons of the decline in farming potentially include difficult consumption market and low selling price. As farmers suffer from losses, they are no longer interested in growing sugarcane. Local farmers have begun to transform sugarcane to crops that are more appropriate, valuable, competitive, and productive to attract the markets.

Fruits:

These days, many households in Thanh Tuyen Commune, Dau Tieng District, Binh Duong Province are delighted because the price of mangosteen increases and brings them high profit.

At this time in Thanh Tuyen Commune, there are 6.6 hectares of mangosteen certified by VietGAP standard. This area is grown by 9 households. This year, growers in Thanh Tuyen have a successful crop because of the high price and high yield of their mangosteen. Its selling price currently is at VND50,000 - 55,000/kilogram. This price brings a profit of tens of millions of Vietnamese dong, and even more than that for each farming household.

Mangosteen grown in the commune has a stable price due to good quality of fruits, and diverse markets. Besides, mangosteen can be preserved for a whole month without being damaged. Thus, growers can transport them from the South to Northern provinces for consumption.

Farmers, Agriculture, Countryside:

A software that helps Vietnamese farmers look up plant protection drugs on cellphones has just been introduced. This application called "Plant Protection Drugs" was built with consultation of stakeholders, including farmers, to ensure its content and user-friendly design. The software can be downloaded easily from Apple store and Google Play.

This software will provide farmers with information about registered pesticides, such as which pesticides are used for which pests or crops. In addition, farmers can also find instructions for correct use of medicines for crops such as coffee, tea and pepper.

Pet, Flowers and Ornamental Plants:

According to the Ornamental Creature Association of Sa Dec City, Dong Thap Province has over 100 varieties of frangipani flowers grown locally. Depending on the needs of customers, Sa Dec farmers create and care for their flowers accordingly.

Depending on their age groups, varieties and artistic elements, frangipani flowers have different selling prices. Frangipani seedlings are available at VND22-25,000 each. The price of grafted, 2-month-old frangipani can range from VND55 thousand to VND60 thousand/pot. Mature frangipani cost from several hundreds to several millions of Vietnamese dong/pot, depending on the variety. Especially for rare and artistic species, the price of a frangipani pot is from tens of millions to VND100 million.

According to people in the flower village of Sa Dec, the movement of growing frangipani flowers develops quickly in recent years because the variety is easy to plant, easy to care for, and suitable to decorate at different places. To follow this career of growing frangipani flowers, it is necessary for gardeners to invest in each of their products.

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