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Fish Farming Expands in the Uplands

VIET NAM - The upland areas of Lam Dong Province is the site for increasing aquaculture production. A pilot project to breed rainbow trout and sturgeon has been very successful and more investment is planned.

Fish farming in Vietnam is on the rise. Trout supplies fail to meet soaring demand. (Pic: Thanh News)

Lam Dong is the second province in Vietnam to breed these species. Lao Cai was the first region where the project proved sucessful.

Situated 1,500 meters above sea level, Lam Dong is offers forests and temperate waters in among forest. The fish farming areas are productive and capable of producing hundreds of thousands of fish per year. It is estimated that each hectare could yield up to 30 tons of fish.

Since April 2006, the rainbow trout trial project has raised 20,000 young fish in a Lam Dong hamlet. The pilot project was run by Quang Hiep Fish Test-raising and Research Station under the Institute of Aquaculture, about 55 km from the city of Da Lat.

Nguyen Viet Thuy, head of the research station, said that raising the cold water fish – which originated from Finland – could potentially bring in profits of 30-40 percent of the total revenue. F every hectare, a breeder could potentially earn up to VND4.5 billion (US$281,000). Viet Nam has an increasing demaand for trout but supplies are linited.

The project has brought investment from the Hoang Pho Company for a fish breeding business in Lam Dong. The plan has been approved by the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).



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Ellen Hardy

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