March 5, 2024


Bac Lieu, Vietnam, strives towards more modernised shrimp production




Vietnam's Bạc Liêu Province in the Mekong Delta seeks to lead in shrimp processing technology in the country, VNS reported last month.


Shrimp, one of the province's three key export products, accounted for over 95% of Bạc Liêu's export turnover. Hence, the provincial People's Committee issued an action plan to conduct the National Program for the development of aquaculture.


Bạc Liêu is developing a plan to obtain investments; for the period of 2022-2025, the province aims to build and establish a high-tech agriculture zone into operation which will be purposed for shrimp development .


Additionally, the province is promoting the application of science and technology in agricultural and fishery production to increase productivity and quality. Focus has been placed on creating super-intensive, intensive and semi-intensive shrimp farms, as well as organic shrimp farms and shrimp-rice farming areas.


In recent times, Bạc Liêu's fisheries industry has grown rapidly, resulting in several economic benefits for farmers, especially those adopting the super-intensive shrimp farming model.


Currently, there are 48 export seafood processing factories in the province, with a designed processing capacity of about 294,000 tonnes/year.


Shrimp products are exported to markets such as the United States, Japan, the European Union, China and South Korea.


Bạc Liêu has over 157,000 hectares of aquaculture, with 6,000 hectares occupied by super-intensive shrimp farms and 23,000 hectares by intensive and semi-intensive farms.


As many as 480,000 tonnes of aquatic species were produced, with 290,000 tonnes consisting of shrimp and 190,000 tonnes consisting of fish and other aquatic species.


Last year, the province's seafood export hit US$1 billion for the first time, up 17.2% compared to 2022. It targets exporting US$1.3 billion worth of seafood by 2025 and US$1.7 billion by 2030.


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