November 30, 2020


Vietnam's Ca Mau province expands shrimp production in rice fields


Vietnam's Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau has expanded the area for cultivating giant river prawns and rice in the same rice fields, according to the country's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam News Agency reported.

In 2019, Ca Mau, which is Vietnam's top shrimp producer, had about 18,000 hectares in land area allocated to breeding giant river prawns and growing rice, up 2.7% from 2018.

The production model uses few chemicals and generates about 250 kilogrammes of giant river prawns per hectare a crop (plus rice). Farmers can earn a profit of VND15-20 million (US$650-870) per hectare a crop under the model.

However, according to the Department, breeding of giant river prawns in rice fields is small-scale and scattered across the province, and infrastructure investment is insufficient.

Chau Cong Bang, deputy director of the department, said the province could expand the area for giant river prawns and rice to 50,000 hectares in 2025 if the zoning of production areas and infrastructure investment goes well.

Ca Mau has 45,000 hectares for shrimp–rice farming. Besides giant river prawn, black tiger shrimp and whiteleg shrimp are grown.

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