Thanks to favorable conditions, the North region has witnessed a fas-growing development of aquaculture. However, there are still some challenges that they need to overcome.
Aquaculture’s output in the northern provinces reached 592,273 tons
At the Conference on Development of aquaculture in the North region, the Directorate of Fisheries reported that during the first 9 months of 2018, the area of aquaculture in the northern provinces reached 228,891 hectares which was the same to 135.8% in the same period in 2017. In addition, the output reached 592.273 tonnes, similar to 109% over the same period in the previous year, and breed production in the area increased to 62.7 billion fries/shrimps.
The North regions: Focusing on the aquaculture development – baoapbac.vn
Emphasized by Kim Van Tieu – Deputy Director of the National Center for Agricultural Extension, northern aquaculture in particular and aquaculture in Vietnam in general possess many advantages; however, there are still some challenges including markets, capital, science and technology application, breeds and chain links.
Solutions for dealing with problems of northern aquaculture
In order to resolve these problems, many resolutions are suggested, including low interest loan policy, raising the loan limit for aquaculture development projects, investment in upgrading infrastructure, irrigation systems, roads systems as well as industrial electricity for concentrated aquaculture areas of high economic value. Moreover, developing models of applying science and high-tech technology to nurseries; breeding of indigenous and new varieties; helping farmers to acquire aquaculture knowledge with vocational trainings; trade promotion and removal of trade barriers in parallel with the domestic market development; minimizing risks from the markets and so on.
Mr. Tran Dinh Luan – Deputy Director of the Directorate of Fisheries, indicated that it is advantageous for the northern provinces with natural terrains to develop many types of aquaculture: cage aquaculture in reservoirs, rivers, streams, ponds, integrating farming in rice fields and diversifying species, development of valuable specialty fisheries. In addition, some areas can develop key species including tiger shrimp, whiteleg shrimp, garrupa, perch, sea bass and others for exports, consumption as well as tourism.
Advantages are also presented in the developed basic infrastructure, the high intellectual level, technology information access and so on. Nevertheless, the difficulty in application of science and technology such as cage technology and river technology in ponds should be put into consideration. Last but not least, localities, associations, businesses and farmers are in need to collaborate to create synergy for further aquaculture development in the North region.
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