August 8, 2022
Partnership to implement AI in Vietnamese shrimp ponds
Vietnamese shrimp producer Viet-Uc Group and AquaEasy have announced a commercial partnership that will see the application of artificial intelligence technology in shrimp ponds in Vietnam.
Under the partnership, the firm will deploy AquaEasy's AI systems, i-feeders and ShrimpTalk in over 1,000 shrimp ponds. They said the partnership could be a "role model for the shrimp farmers in Vietnam applying smart solutions to increase productivity, profitability and sustainability of the shrimp farming industry."
According to agriculture experts, thousands of small family-run farms dominate the Vietnamese shrimp industry.
An AquaEasy representative said: "It's often a challenge for these farmers to demonstrate environmental sustainability through eco-certification or rating programmes because the current tools used to collect data, assess farm sustainability and identify areas for improvement are often not well suited for small farms."
Deputy managing director of Viet-Uc Group Nguyen Cong Can said: "The partnership with AquaEasy is a commitment from Viet-Uc Group to help shrimp farmers in Vietnam by applying new technologies. It helps shrimp farmers save more time and make more money with less risk. The use of technology is critical to success in shrimp farming."
AquaEasy's Vo Hoang Vu said as a spin-out from Bosch's innovation hub grow, AquaEasy aimed to reduce manual labour and eliminate subjective assessments while improving yield, productivity and environmental sustainability.
The startup's systems provide accurate, real-time data with alerts and recommendations displayed through a mobile app. Its technology is currently commercially deployed in Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam. According to the company, it increases shrimp farmers' productivity by 30%.
Earlier, mobile digital technology was launched at Vietnam Shrimp Forum,that aims to solve the limitations of existing platforms in the Vietnamese shrimp market.
Tran Dinh Luan, director general of the Directorate of Fisheries, told local media that although the shrimp industry has developed rapidly, it still faced many difficulties and challenges. The farming environment has fluctuated and shrimp production costs are still high.
Furthermore, cooperation between actors in the shrimp value chain are still fragmented and ineffective, negatively affecting product quality and traceability while reducing the competitiveness of Vietnamese shrimp internationally.