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September 7, 2014


Processors Must Grow Shrimp


In the future, if shrimp processors want to stay in business, they will have to farm at least 10% of the shrimp they process and sign a contract to buy raw shrimp from state agencies!


The above draft regulation for managing, processing and exporting farmed shrimp in Mekong Delta was developed by the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


According to the General Directorate of Fisheries, the regulation is necessary to optimize the industry’s potential, delegate work, reduce risks and limit conflicts with other economic sectors.


At the end of 2013, according to the General Directorate of Fisheries, there were nearly 596,000 hectares of shrimp ponds in the Mekong Delta, accounting for over 90% of Vietnam’s production and 431,570 metric tons of shrimp.  Ca Mau Province produced 133,500 tons, followed by Bac Lieu (85,630 tons), Soc Trang (68,500 tons) and Ben Tre provinces (49,156 tons).  Tiger shrimp were produced in 580,000 hectares of ponds, and white shrimp were produced in 16,000 hectares of pond.  


Shrimp processing plants in the Mekong Delta are operating at only 60% to 70% of capacity.  Processors had to import raw shrimp to fill their orders.


There are few contracts between companies and farmers. Most processing plants purchase shrimp from dealers who buy shrimp from farmers.


Source: Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) Website.  All Shrimp Processors Must Grow Their Own Raw Material.  September 5, 2014.

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