Farmers harvest giant river prawns in Kiên Giang Province’s U Minh Thượng District. — VNA/VNS Photo Lê Sen HCM CITY — Provinces in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta, the country’s largest shrimp producer, are increasing their shrimp output this year and focusing on developing sustainable shrimp farming models that bring high profits. Farmers and companies in the delta are breeding shrimp under several farming models that have proven to be successful, including industrial farming, intensive farming, super-intensive farming, extensive farming, shrimp – rice farming, and shrimp – forest farming. Many farming areas have met the Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) and Global Good Agricultural Practices (GlobalGAP) standards, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and Global Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). To meet shrimp output targets this year, the provinces have set up farming schedules for shrimp crops in each area and instructed farmers to strictly follow the schedules. Farmers in Kiên Giang Province, for example, have received instructions on shrimp – rice farming in U Minh Thượng District, black tiger shrimp breeding along the Cái Lớn River and in coastal areas, and industrial and semi-industrial shrimp farming. Kiên Giang is working with other provinces to inspect the quality of shrimp fry bought into Kiên Giang for breeding, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Farmers must design their shrimp… Read full this story
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