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October 3, 2013


Soc Trang and Bac Lieu Provinces


In Soc Trang Province, one of Vietnam’s leading shrimp farming provinces in the Mekong Delta, all shrimp farming localities report bumper harvests and high selling prices.  By early September 2013, half of the province’s 40,000 hectares of ponds had been harvested, producing 41,000 metric tons of shrimp.  The area dedicated to white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) expanded rapidly, but tiger shrimp (P. monodon) still remains a very important species for the province.


In Bac Lieu Province, another big producer of farmed shrimp in the Mekong Delta, authorities have assigned shrimp farming experts to help farmers control water quality and disease.   In addition, a system for tracing production from intensive and semi-intensive shrimp farms has been developed.  Farmers using banned feed or chemicals will receive strict punishment, and they must use clean seedstock and keep records of its origin.  Processing plants will be closely monitored.


Sources: 1. Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) Website.  Soc Trang: Brackishwater Shrimp Farming Develops Well.  Kim Thu.  October 1, 2013.  2. Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) Website.   Bac Lieu Using Code to Control Shrimp Farming.  Kim Thu.  September 26, 2013.


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