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Vietnam weekly summary (May 20, 2019 – May 26, 2019)

Aquaculture:

According to authority’s statistics, the total volume of dead fish on La Nga River (Dinh Quan District, Dong Nai Province) after a heavy rain on May 15th is now up to nearly 1 thousand tons. 81 farming households are facing damages because of the rain.

Some households have dead fish that are large-sized and ready for harvest. Thus, the damages this year are much more than the same period last year.

According to the district’s authority, farmers notice that dead fish often occurs on La Nga River in recent years during seasonal transitions, especially when the dry season ends and the rainy season comes. This is the time when the river is dry. If there is heavy rain, water from the mainland pours into the river. This situation causes a lack of oxygen for species in river water and leads to fish deaths. At the same time last year, 2,000 tons of dead fish also appeared on La Nga River.

Processing, Import and Export:

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said that China exempted taxes for 33 seafood products imported to this country.

Accordingly, these products are major products of Vietnam such as lobster, black tiger shrimp, clam, Pangasius, basa fish, and tuna.

Currently, there are more than 150 Vietnamese businesses exporting seafood to China. Of which, there are about 45 Pangasius-export enterprises, nearly 50 shrimp-export enterprises, and the rest are exporters of other seafood products.

Livestock:

According to the Department of Livestock Production, the outbreak of African swine fever virus is complicated. At this time, the epidemic has no sign of stopping. The number of provinces suffering from this virus increases rapidly. The number of dead pigs to be destroyed will certainly affect the supply of pork at the end of the year.

In the next quarters, the number of pigs farmed is potentially decreased, causing a possibility of increasing pork price. The reducing sounder of the country is mainly due to diseases. When African swine fever virus has not been controlled, farmers might not start a new crop.

In order to make up for the amount of pork that is forecasted to be deficient in the coming time, the solution is to continue restructuring the country’s pig farming. It is also important to focus on shifting to raising poultry and cattle to offset the shortage of pork.

Plantation:

Currently, Nestlé Vietnam buys about 20% – 25% of Vietnamese coffee for processing and export.

Nestlé Vietnam has also implemented the NESCAFÉ Plan that forms a material production area according to the 4C international standard, which stands for “Common Code for Coffee Community.” Over 27 million high-yielding and disease-resistant seedlings are provided for farmers to rejuvenate 21,000 hectares of old coffee land. The company also trains more than 220,000 farmers in planting techniques, market information, and household economy. It also establishes farmers’ groups that help coffee growers connect and support each other.

With its contributions to the coffee industry of the country, Nestlé Vietnam was awarded a certificate of merit by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Living and Environment:

Recently, red-claw crawfish (scientific name: Cherax quadricarinatus) has been imported to Vietnam for consumption. This species is an omnivorous. It has an exotic origin, often lives at pond bottoms, works at night, and has high resistance and adaptability.

According to experts, red-claw crawfish can cause serious environmental and economic consequences to farming activities if it is widely dispersed. The species is currently banned from import and are not allowed to be farmed or traded in Vietnam.

Fruits:

In Tien Giang Province, the price of dragon fruit is currently high. The fruit brings high income to local farmers. The productivity of dragon fruit farming in this region is about 30 tons/hectare/year. With the current selling price of VND35,000/kilogram, each hectare of dragon fruit brings an economic value of over VND1 billion. After deducting the cost of investment, farmers can earn an interest of about 50% or more.

According to authority of Cho Gao District, this location currently has nearly 6,200 specialized hectares of dragon fruit, which is the largest area in Tien Giang Province. In which, the area for harvesting is about 4,500 hectares with an annual yield of over 142,000 tons.

Thanks to synchronous applications of intensive technical measures and rotations, local farmers have avoided situations of “oversupply and underpriced fruits.” They also increase the competitiveness of this specialty crop over the past years and earn better incomes thanks to the use of advanced technology in dragon fruit farming.

Farmers, Agriculture, Countryside:

Lam Dong Province has more than 4500 hectares of greenhouses using millions of light bulbs and consuming a lot of electricity. Since the latest price hike of electricity, farmers have begun to feel the burden of their investment costs. Many growers said that after the price increased, the monthly bills of electricity in their gardens have jumped by 15-20%.

Authorities are encouraging people to produce agriculture and save electricity at the same time. Farmers can use LED bulbs because of their long life and reduced electricity costs.

Pet, Flowers and Ornamental Plants:

After cold days in mid-May, on some streets in Hanoi, blackboard trees (scientific name: Alstonia scholaris) bloom brightly with a pleasant fragrance.

According to experts, the cold weather at the beginning of the month at 19-22 degrees Celsius made the trees “mistaken” that this season was autumn. Although it is now summer, the trees bloom as a reflection for reproduction. This is a normal reflex and a natural instinct of this species.

By Sonia LV

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