Bad start to the year for Vietnam shrimp farms : IntraFish
Farming problems put $2.5 billion export target under threat, exec from frozen seafood supplier.
Disease and shifts in temperature are hitting shrimp farms in Vietnam, putting the country’s $2.5 billion (€1.9 billion) export turnover target under threat.
Black tiger shrimp in around 100 hectares of farms have died in Soc Trang province because of disease and temperature changes by the big difference in temperature between day and night, said Bowie Leung, Country manager for Vietnam with Bangkok, Thailand-based frozen seafood supplier Siam Canadian Group.
“I heard shrimp at Tan Phu district in Ca Mau also died because of the same problem,” he told IntraFish.
This has hit around 30 percent of farming areas in Phu Tan, said Leung.
In Nha Trang, some shrimp has died and more is not growing because of weather and disease, he said.
“Shrimp farming at the beginning of this year is not good. Shrimp have died in several provinces recently and this threatens the $2.5 billion (€1.9 billion) target for shrimp export turnover for Vietnam in 2012.”
In Tien Giang and Tra Vinh provinces around 100 hectares of black tiger shrimp have been lost, he said.
In Binh Thuan province, around 90 percent of the farming area of vannamei shrimp in Tuy Phong district has died because of the infections myonecrosis virus (IMVN), said Leung.
Local authorities recommended the best time for stocking is from February to March because of high shrimp raw material price at the beginning of the year, he said. “So a lot of farmer stocked earlier than the recommendation.”