July 31, 2023


Grobest Vietnam introduces sustainable shrimp farming model with competitive costs



Grobest Vietnam has introduced the comprehensive GROFARM model at the 2023 Shrimp Summit, a a comprehensive solution for high-tech shrimp farming in increasingly challenging conditions, contributing to reaffirming Vietnam's position in the international shrimp market, Grobest Vietnam reported.


Currently, the Asian and global shrimp industry is facing concerns ranging from stagnant production to ensuring growers' livelihoods. In the specific context of Vietnam, disease outbreaks, environment issues have destabilised the shrimp farming market, while domestic price surges have hindered export and processing activities, putting immense strain on the industry's competitive edge.


Amidst these critical challenges, the 2023 Shrimp Summit - organized by The Center for Responsible Seafood (TCRS), emerged as a pivotal industry event. According to the TCRS press statement, Vietnam was chosen as this year's summit venue for its important seafood economy and central position in Asia. Taking place on Jully 24 and 26 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the summit brought together hundreds of experts and business leaders spanning the entire global shrimp value chain. Its primary objective was to facilitate a platform for stakeholders to unite, exchange knowledge and experiences, and tackle challenges through dynamic discussions and collaborative efforts, with a focus on promoting sustainability and adaption to climate change.


Grobest'sGROFARM model is an open platform that brings together key stakeholders of the industry, from farmers to hatcheries and suppliers of equipment and services.


Grobest took the lead in organising an on-site farm visit for over 150 guests, including representatives from international processing plants, import-export companies, and purchasing houses. They had the opportunity to visit Minh Phu's Intensive Tank Farm, one of the important partner farms of Grobest Vietnam, to gain a deeper understanding of the GROFARM model firsthand.


With the dedicated aim of helping shrimp "Grow Stronger - Grow Faster - Grow Sustainably," Grobest Vietnam has effectively implemented the innovative GROFARM model in collaboration with partners and shrimp farmers nationwide. The GROFARM technology encompasses 5 crucial elements to ensure optimal results and enhance overall productivity.


Firstly, Grobest provides expert consultation services for designing and operating the farming system, upgrading customers' existing farms and ponds or assisting in the construction of new farms. Secondly, the GROFARM model emphasises the importance of selecting top-quality post larvae sources, considering the seasonal variations in each region and addressing the unique needs of individual farms. Thirdly, the GROFARM model brings an optimal feeding programme with daily feeds and functional feeds as its core values, optimizing shrimp nutrition for enhanced immunity and growth. Fourthly, Mobile Lab service is one of the key highlights of the GROFARM model to on-site evaluate shrimp health and water quality, in order to promptly handle problems that may arise for farmers. Lastly, the GROFARM model focuses on reducing production costs per kilogram of shrimp and maximize crop profitability.


With these five key elements, the GROFARM model is able to generate a sustainable supply of clean shrimp with exceptional quality and reasonable prices, while minimizing negative impact on the environment. Since its introduction in 2021, Grobest's GROFARM mode has received positive feedback on its economic efficiencies and remarkable profits for more than 600 shrimp farms, with an impressive success rate of up to 82.9% after 3 years of trial. The commercial shrimps produced through the GROFARM model also garner high praise from purchasing units, distributors, as well as export entities, both within the country and abroad.


The GROFARM model serves as a testament to Grobest's visionary efforts, providing a pioneering solution that benefits not only farmers but also various stakeholders along the entire shrimp farming supply chain.


During the 2023 Shrimp Summit conference, Dr. Le Van Khoa - Head of Technical Service of Grobest Vietnam, has highlighted the model's value and benefits: "Through cost reduction in shrimp farming and enhancing the competitiveness of Vietnamese shrimp, even against major markets like Ecuador and India, GROFARM not only ensures sustainable livelihoods for Vietnamese shrimp farmers, but also demonstrates Grobest's commitment to a sustainable supply of clean, high-quality shrimp and profitable returns for the industry. This is expected to position the Vietnamese shrimp industry to regain its former prominence in the international market."


-      Grobest Vietnam

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