Catfish price in the Mekong Delta is set the highest record in 10 years for aquaculture in Vietnam. Specifically on 26th September, purchasers buy fish from the fishermen in the Mekong Delta at 35,000 VND / kg, higher than 10,000 VND/kg over the same period last year. At this price, people earn about 11,000 VND/kg.
According to many farmers raising Catfish, the current price of Catfish is about 24,000 VND/kg. In particular, the price of Catfish is quite high, about 50,000 VND/kg.
Nguyen Thanh Hung, an aquaculture farmer in Can Tho said: Currently, he is raising two fish cages about 300 tons about to be harvested but not yet sold because fish resources are scarce, and he wants to wait for several days to see if any changes in price.
Meanwhile, the catfish sellers early about 10 days ago with the price of about 30,000 – 32,000 VND/kg expressed regret when the price of Catfish increased dramatically.
The reasons why fish prices rise sharply in aquaculture in Mekong Delta
Some specialists said that it was due to the scarcity of aquatic materials, and lack of fingerlings. The fish in An Giang with 30 fish/kg is about 60,000 VND/kg in Can Tho City up to 70,000 VND/kg, but the fish supply is not easy to find. Currently, it takes 6-8 months for the fish to harvest, in order to ensure the food safety criteria for export seafood.
Explaining the scarcity of Catfish nowadays, Mr Tan said that one side of the situation is tightening the fish nursing, proceeding to the model of producing high quality 3-level catfish for the Mekong Delta. Catfish breeds are scarce because of the difficulty in guessing and catching the supply.
On the other hand, the time of hot weather, the breeding of Catfish is very difficult, the rate of fingerling is very low. Aquaculture quality factor of breeding stock depends very much on broodstock parents, but the past time Catfish parent has not been focused.
Many experts said that the price of Catfish will be continuously “escalated” in recent months due to seafood market China and Hong Kong consumption strongly. But experts warned that these two markets are unstable seafood, so aquaculture farmers are very cautious when the price of fish increased … dig fish ponds and then hanging ponds like years ago.