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July 3, 2015


High Mortalities in Soc Trang Province


At the end of June 2015, in Soc Trang Province, Mekong Delta, shrimp in nearly 5,500 hectares ponds, accounting for 29 percent of the all the ponds in the province, died from disease.  One official said the disease could spread to the entire province.  Prolonged hot weather in the pre-monsoon season was blamed for the heavy losses.


Pham Van Giet, a farmer in Soc Trang Province, said his family had a good crop going for two months, but then the hot weather destroyed his 6,000-square-meter farm, killing 20,000 shrimp.


According to a report from a veterinary station, 70 percent of the shrimp died from liver disease and 20 percent from environmental changes, while the remainder died of other causes.


Diseases are expected to rise during the first half of the rainy season and will be difficult to control due temperature changes and rainfall.  Government officials have recommended that farmers not stock their ponds during this period.


Source: Viet Nam News.  Shrimps Die En Masse in Soc Trang.  July 3, 2015.

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