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November 16, 2013

Vietnam

Statistics and Predictions

 

In early 2013, shrimp farmers reduced the number of hectares dedicated to shrimp farming in Vietnam because of disease and unfavorable weather conditions.  In June 2013, however, the number of hectares dedicated to shrimp farming began to expand again because the incidence of disease was down 46.4 percent compared to the same period in 2012.  By the end of October 2013, the number of hectares dedicated to shrimp farming in Vietnam had jumped to 650,000, and farmers had already harvested 397,000 metric tons, an increase of 38 percent over 2012.

 

In 2014, the Vietnamese Directorate of Fisheries expects that giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) production alone may reach 340,000 metric tons from 615,000 hectare of ponds and white shrimp (P. vannamei) production may reach 230,000 metric tons from 60,000 hectares of ponds, a 20 to 30 percent increase over 2014.  If those numbers are achieved, Vietnam would produced a total of 570,000 metric tons of shrimp from 675,000 hectares of ponds.

 

Shrimp News: I’ve become somewhat suspicious of some of the numbers that come out Vietnam.  For example, in October 2013, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) reported that it was exporting approximately equal amounts of white and tiger shrimp, but in the above paragraph, it indicates that it expects to produce 32% less white shrimp than tiger shrimp in 2014.  This at a time when white shrimp production is expanding rapidly in Vietnam.

 

Source: Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) Website.  Vietnam Strengthening Control of Disease on Shrimp.  Kim Thu.  November 15, 2013.

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