Solutions for development of shrimp–forest model

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By Milthon Lujan

Viet Nam.- The workshop on introducing the project titled “Improving mix aquaculture in mangrove forestry models towards green growth in the coastal provinces in Me Kong Delta” was held by the Directorate of Fisheries (D –FISH) in collaboration with FAO and Ca Mau province’s People’s Committee on 20th July in Ca Mau province.

The workshop was attended by Deputy Director of D-FISH Tran Dinh Luan, Mr Miao Weimin, aquaculture expert in Asia – Pacific region, Research Institute for Aquaculture No II, Ca Mau province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and other representatives of Ca Mau and Bac Lieu provinces.

Addressing at the workshop, Deputy Director Tran Dinh Luan confirmed mix shrimp–mangrove forestry model has played an important role in the development strategies of Viet Nam’ shrimp industry.

FAO project’s purpose is to boost green growth which contributes to minimize greenhouse gas in the Southern coastal provinces in Viet Nam, said Mr Miao Weimin, adding that shrimp is the key target-species of Viet Nam and Viet Nam’ shrimp industry has witnessed a positive progress. This was shown by the fact that Viet Nam’ shrimp production value gained US$ 3.32 (FAO – 2017), making Viet Nam rank second in the world shrimp production in terms of value and third in terms of volume. Besides, he said that the shrimp farming in Viet Nam has been expanded and given priority in the coastal provinces. As a result, it is necessary to restructure shrimp farming towards extensive shrimp farming in mangrove forestry model.

According to the project’s report, Viet Nam’ shrimp has faced many challenges such as diseases on shrimp due to fast growth of intensive shrimp farming. Therefore, it needs to seek solutions for sustainable shrimp farming which contribute minimizing bad impacts on environment and greenhouse gas. The project aims at enhancing the application of good aquaculture practice in the mix shrimp–mangrove forest models in the Southern provinces which contribute to maintaining green carbon, minimizing greenhouse gas carbon, sustainable shrimp farming and improvement of livelihoods and nutrition for the coastal people.

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To conclude the workshop, Mr. Tran Dinh Luan highly appreciated FAO Viet Nam for its support, adding that shrimp farming in Viet Nam was still facing challenges in the context of climate change. As a result, the project’s assesses on the fail of shrimp farming and piloting a sustainable shrimp farming in the provinces of Soc Trang and Bac Lieu is necessary because it could help to seek solutions for minimizing risks in shrimp farming, increasing survival rate and productivity. In the coming time, D- FISH will co-operate with the National Center for Agriculture Extension in completing the models and duplicating them in the Me Kong Delta region in particular and across the country in general.


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