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2017 Off to a Good Start


Shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta have begun harvesting their first crops of 2017.  Farming conditions were good, and they’re getting high prices.  For 30-count shrimp, they’re getting $10.60 to $10.80 a kilo.


Nguyen Duy Bao, who rotates shrimp and rice in Kien Giang Province, said, “At this price, shrimp-rice rotating farmers can earn a profit that is equal to 60-70 percent of the production cost of shrimp.”  He said the weather at the beginning of 2017 was much better than at the beginning of 2016.


Farmers in Kien Giang stocked more than 102,000 hectares in the first three months of 2017, up 11 percent, compared to 2016, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


In Ca Mau Province, which is the country’s largest shrimp producer, Nguyen Van Thoa sold two ponds of shrimp and earned a profit of $30,400.  Many farmers in the province did not stock their ponds this year because they were afraid of the severe drought, salt-water intrusion and poor harvest in 2016, Thoa said.


Source: The Nation.  Mekong Delta Farmers Begin Shrimp Harvest.  April 29, 2017.