Trà Vinh Province encourages farmers to develop super-intensive shrimp farming using advanced techniques. – VNA/VNS Photo Hồng NhungViet Nam News HCM CITY – Farmers in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Trà Vinh have expanded highly profitable super-intensive shrimp farming using advanced techniques. The province now has 350ha of white-legged shrimp farms under the model, up 2.5 times since the end of last year, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The model is called super-intensive farming because the number of shrimp farmed is up to 250 per square metre, compared with 50 in traditional models. Farmers thus harvest 40 tonnes per hectare per crop, seven to eight times higher than in traditional models. Lê Văn Hậu, who has close to 20 years’ experience in breeding shrimp in Duyên Hải District’s Long Vĩnh Commune, said he first used the model in a 1,500sq.m pond earlier this year. He bred 255,000 shrimp and harvested more than seven tonnes, earning a profit of more than VNĐ400 million (US$17,500), he said. Shrimp bred under the model fetches VNĐ2,000 a kilogramme higher than usual, he said. He plans to invest in one more pond before the next crop, he said…. Read full this story
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