Shrimp and Pangasius (Tra fish) farming in Mekong Delta is planned to be developed into a large and sustainable fishery production industry with a strong orientation toward export. Research, development and production of breeds have been strengthened to ensure adequate supply and quality for this purpose.
For Tra fish, currently there are 230 breeding producers in the whole region with about 4,000 households farming fry fish in an area of about 3,500 hectares. They are mainly concentrated in the provinces of Dong Thap, An Giang, Tien Giang, Can Tho and ensure enough breeds for about 5,200 hectares of pangasius, which provide an annual yield of about 1.4 million tons.
Currently, the total area of brackish water shrimp farming in Mekong Delta is about 669 thousand hectares (accounting for 92.9% of the whole country). The region has 1,278 shrimp hatcheries, meeting 48.3% of its demand for breeding, and the rest of shrimp breed or fish fry is imported from Southern Central provinces of the country.
Processing, Import and Export:
Fish export to Cambodia increases sharply, which is a good sign for fish farmers, especially those farm live fish sold at traditional markets.
Currently, all kinds of live fish such as snakehead, perch, and red tilapia are bought by traders to export to Cambodian market.
In recent weeks, Cambodian traders have doubled their orders. Snakehead is especially preferred. The strong consumption relieves pressures on the domestic market on output, price, and buying leads. As these pressures are no longer exist, farmers are assured of their production.
Pet, Flowers and Ornamental Plants:
A beautiful bonsai is “in the eye of the beholder.” People who collect bonsai must feel the beauty of their plants. It is also necessary for consumers to determine the purpose of buying bonsai, either for garden, living room, or office decoration. Bonsai is formed from different plants, suitable for all sceneries, methods of caring and environment.
Healthy bonsai plants have branches and flowers harmoniously balanced. Their leaves shouldn’t turn yellow or fall off when shaking the trees slightly. Especially, there shouldn’t be wounds or worms for bonsai to be considered beautiful.
According to the Dong Nai Livestock Association, from the beginning of the year until now, the majority of small pig farms have switch from pig farming to poultry breeding.
Their leading choice is a model of duck farming in the direction of industrialization. Due to a good demand for duck meat, its price is stable at a high level. In addition, domestic chickens farmed in garden style are also heavily invested. This model is gradually shifting from small livestock to large scale of tens of thousands of chickens.
Accordingly, the supply of poultry products in the province is abundant. Currently, the price of duck sold directly farm ranges from VND38-40 thousand/kilogram; garden-farmed domestic chickens are sold from VND50-55 thousand/kilogram, and industrial chicken prices range from VND 24-26 thousand/kilogram.
A delta region should produce less rice to reduce environmental impact and promote the production of high-quality or specialty rice. The remaining land should be used to grow high-value agricultural products to adapt to climate change.
That is the opinion of a World Bank representative in Vietnam at a discussion session on “Restructuring the agricultural sector to adapt to climate change in Mekong Delta” in the framework of The Mekong Delta forum in 2019, which took place recently in Ho Chi Minh City.
Green pomelo product of Tan My Fruit Cooperative (Tan My Commune, Bac Tan Uyen District, Binh Duong Province) has just been exported to Singapore. This is a joy and pride of members of the Cooperative in particular, and of Tan My Commune in general. People here have successfully brought their product of the homeland to foreign markets. They contribute to the branding of Vietnamese pomelo with more and more international consumers know about the product.
The importer initially ordered 4 tons of green pomelo. But because they have strict requirements, the Cooperative only exported 1.5 tons of pomelo at the price of VND70 thousand/kilogram in the first phase of the process to explore Singaporean market. At the end of June, the Cooperative will continue to export its second shipment of 2.5 tons of green pomelos to complete the order.
Farmers, Agriculture, Countryside:
On the morning of June 19, at the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, the International Fair of Agricultural Machinery, Equipment, Technology and Supplies along with the International Fair of Vietnam’s Agricultural and Food Products and the International Fair for Machinery, New Technology Equipment to Support Post-Harvest were opened.
The fair took place from June 19 to June 22, with the scale of 200 booths of 100 domestic and international business. The fair displays different areas of the agricultural industry and post-harvest technologies such as types of machinery, equipment, technology and supplies as well as agricultural products, specialties, and processed foods.
By Sonia LV