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Ho Chi Minh City unveils projects to boost shrimp farming

VIETNAM - Over the next five years, a programme to boost shrimp productivity would see Vietnam's largest city increase shrimp farming areas by 18 percent to 4,100 ha and nearly double output to 15,000 tonnes by 2010.

Ho Chi Minh City unveils projects to boost shrimp farming - VIETNAM - Over the next five years, a programme to boost shrimp productivity would see Vietnam's largest city increase shrimp farming areas by 18 percent to 4,100 ha and nearly double output to 15,000 tonnes by 2010. Take me to eFeedLink

The programmes, which was approved by Deputy Chairman of the HCM City Peoples' Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, would also involve upgrading of a shrimp trading centre and irrigation projects for shrimp farms. Under the programme, Can Gio District, 80 km east of Ho Chi Minh city, would constitute 3,600ha of the space for shrimp farming, an increase of 800ha over 2005.

The programme would include six projects spanning 2006 to 2010 totalling VND 90 billion (US$5 million) including the Brackish-water Seafood Breeders Centre which will produce 200mil breeding shrimp every year. 13 irrigation projects serving 1,000ha of shrimp farms would also be implemented.

About 1000 ha in rice growing areas in outlying districts of the city would be converted into shrimp hatcheries. Another 2,000 ha used for extensive shrimp farming would be turned into ecological shrimp farming also. In addition, enterprises and small traders would form a supply chain for collection, preliminary treatment and packaging for distribution on the domestic market.

Source: eFeedLink - 9th May 2006

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