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Weekly summary of agriculture news from Vietnam (February 25, 2019 – March 3, 2019)

Aquaculture:

According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, in the first two months of 2019, aquaculture production of the country was estimated at 988.3 thousand tons, an increase of 4.6% over the same period last year.

Of which, seafood farming reached 464.7 thousand tons, up 3.9%; fishing reached 523.6 thousand tons, up 5.3%, and marine fisheries reached 494.9 thousand tons, up 5.7% compared to last year.

Swai (Tra fish) farming continues to develop with a stable selling price at VND28,500-30,000/kilogram. Vietnamese swai production in February was estimated at 80.1 thousand tons, up 6.7% over the same period last year.

Vietnamese swai (Tra fish) sold at a Ralphs market in the U.S. The picture is for illustrative purpose only.

The yield of black tiger prawn in February was estimated at 12.7 thousand tons, down 1.5% compared to the same period last year. On the other hand, whiteleg shrimp production reached 16.1 thousand tons, which was an increase of 3.9%.

Processing, Import and Export:

A seminar on shrimp production chains in accordance with the U.S. export standards was held by Seafood Watch and Council IV from February 22 to February 24 in Soc Trang, Tra Vinh and Ca Mau Provinces. Seafood Watch is a non-governmental organization that evaluates the quality of imported seafood into the U.S. market, and Council IV is an advisory council of the Vietnamese Prime Minister on administrative procedure reform.

Many current and practical issues on shrimp export were directly discussed by local leaders and farmers at this event. The seminar was expected to bring possible solutions and a higher economic value for Vietnamese shrimp in the U.S. market.

Livestock:

Ha Van Nam's family is one of the pioneers in quail breeding (Coturnix quail) in Vinh Tuong District, Vinh Phuc Province.

Currently, with 2 farming areas of ​​nearly 2,000 square meters, Ha and his family take care of 150,000 to 160,000 quails. The outstanding advantage of quails is that they continuous lay eggs within 7-9 months.

Ha’s model of quail farming has many advantages such as quick recovery of capital, low investment cost, and large output because the market demand for quail and quail eggs is high.

On average, Ha earns about VND2 billion each year. His farm has become one of the largest quail breeding models in Vinh Phuc Province.

Plantation:

On February 24, the price of black pepper purchased by agricultural agents in Dong Nai Province were only from VND42 thousand to 43 thousand/kilogram. This is a decrease of VND4-5 thousand/kilogram compared to the end of January 2019. With the current pepper price, most of pepper growers might lose VND30-40 million/hectare.

Dong Nai is one of the four provinces with the largest pepper area in Vietnam. Its declining pepper price affects farmers greatly. At this time, many growers have already harvested pepper, but have not sold it because of the low price. According to growers, at the beginning of the harvest, pepper was bought by agents at approximately VND60,000/kilogram. Yet, by the end of the harvest season, the price suddenly fell deeply.

In some provinces, this is the time of the main pepper crop of 2018-2019. Although the yield can be high, farmers are concerned because the selling price of pepper this year only helps them cover the cost of care. They still have to pay for expensive labor when harvesting pepper.

Fruits:

A grower whose name is Hoa (from Thanh Tan Commune, Tay Ninh City, Tay Ninh Province) discovered a species of custard apple that bears larger fruits than other type of regular custard apple. The fruits can weight more than half of a kilogram with good taste and quality. The discovery made households farming custard apple in the area of Ba Den Mountain delighted.

Compared to other types of regular custard apple, the yield of this special species doubled at 5.5 tons/hectare. With its delicious and large outside look, the new custard apple species is sold at a higher price and attracts visitors.

Currently this "precious and rare" custard apple has been propagated for planting in the region. Tay Ninh is also the province with the largest area of custard apple in Vietnam. As of June 2014, the whole province has more than 5,100 hectares of custard apple.

Farmers, Agriculture, Countryside:

In 2018, there were 1,845 cultivation facilities granted their VietGAP (Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices) certificates in ​​over 80,000 hectares. This was an increase of 61,000 hectares compared to 2017. In addition, more than 500 aquaculture farms with ​​2,618 hectares were certified with VietGAP standard or equivalent criteria. Other 313 farms and 2,502 households farming livestock also received their VietGAP certificates.

Also in 2018, 63 provinces and cities of Vietnam successfully built 1,249 agriculture and aquaculture production chains. Other 1,450 products and 3,181 locations selling these products were also developed as a part of the production chains.

Pet, Flowers and Ornamental Plants:

After many bustling days of the Lunar New Year Holiday, gardeners in Hung Yen Province continue to take care of their flowers and ornamental plants to prepare for the Lunar New Year market next year.

In addition to nursery and planting more new trees, gardeners also receive orders from customers to collect, recover and take care of their “ornamental trees for rent” to prepare for the next Lunar New Year.

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