A shrimp pond belonging to a local resident in the southern province of Trà Vinh. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng HảiViet Nam News HCM CITY – Farmers in coastal Trà Vinh have planted more than 4,000ha of mangrove forests to breed shrimp and other aquatic species, according to the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. They are mostly in Duyên Hải, Cầu Ngang, and Châu Thành districts and Duyên Hải Town. The model of growing mangrove forests and breeding aquatic species in them is highly sustainable since it protects the environment amid the ravages caused by climate change, according to the department. Besides it involves little investment and protects the shrimp from disease outbreaks, according to local authorities. Huỳnh Văn Phong, who has 4ha of land in Duyên Hải Town, said he grew forests on 2ha to breed aquatic species. He raises 50,000 black tiger shrimp and 6,000 mud crabs every year through extensive farming and earns a profit of more than VNĐ200 million (US$8,850), he said. He has to spend money only on buying shrimp and crabs fry for breeding, and nothing on their food since they subsist on what they find in the forest, he said. Phong… Read full this story
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