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February 18, 2014


Off to a Shaky Start in 2014


As they begin stocking for the first crop of the year, shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta face diseases, a lack of high-quality fry and high prices for equipment and supplies.


With the exception of Bac Lieu Province, Mekong Delta provinces don’t have enough hatcheries to produce the necessary amount of seedstock, so farmers are facing a serious shortage of postlarvae for the first crop of the season.  For examples, Kien Giang Province has 188 small hatcheries, but they can only meet 13% of the demand for seedstock.  Also, because of the lack of proper inspection, the quality of shrimp fry is questionable.


Diseases are another problem for farmers in the Mekong Delta.  A number of diseases, including early mortality syndrome, are reported to be wide spread in the Delta.


Due to the occurrence of deadly diseases, Tra Vinh Province has recommended that local farmers suspend shrimp farming to avoid losses.


Vietnam hopes shrimp exports reach $3.5 billion in 2014, up from a record $3 billion in 2013.


In 2013, Vietnam had 588,000 hectares of shrimp ponds and harvested over 540,900 tons of shrimp, including 272,837 metric tons of white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) and 268,097 tons of giant tiger shrimp (P. monodon).


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service). Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email Mekong Shrimp Farmers Try to Start New Crops Amid Disease, Low Quality Fry and High Inputs Costs. Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330
, email February 14, 2014.

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