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Viet Nam Cuts Aquaculture Space

by the Fish Site Editor
12 January 2009, at 12:00am

VIET NAM - The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has announced plans to reduce the nations total aquaculture acreage by 35,000 ha to 1.06 million ha, which will cut Vietnam s estimated production of aquatic products to 2.3 million tonnes per year.

Vice head of MARD’s Aquaculture Department, Bui Duc Quy explained that the move is prompted by a fall in global demand for shrimp due to the current global economic crisis. Several traditional markets for Vietnamese shrimp, such as the US and Japan , have temporarily cut shrimp imports and the price of shrimp in the domestic market has fallen to its lowest level for 10 years.

MARD has requested that localities strictly enforce and abide by regulations governing facilities, environmental hygiene, and the quality of breeding stock.

Local authorities must ensure that knowledge of up-to-date aquaculture techniques and methods of disease prevention are made available to shrimp farmers.

Moreover, they must also manage and monitor the quality of feed and the use of chemicals at breeding farms across the nation.

the Fish Site Editor