White-leg shrimp a boon for Vietnamese farmers
It took only 70 days for farmer Tran Van Phat of Ben Tre Province to earn VND 121 million (USD 5,764) from raising white-leg shrimp. For Nguyen Van Buu of Soc Trang Province, it was only 75 days. He turned a profit of VND 350 million (USD 16,811).
It’s no wonder that farmers around the country are vying to become major breeders of white-leg shrimp.
After hearing that farming the shrimp was easy and highly profitable, Phat decided to raise the species, which is in great demand overseas.
This year, on his farm in Binh Dai District’s Dinh Trung Commune, he raised 150,000 white-leg shrimp on a water-surface area of 2,000 square meters.
After only 70 days, he harvested 2,300 kilos of shrimp and sold them for VND 105,000 per kilo.
“Although it is a new industry in Vietnam, white-leg shrimp farming has developed rapidly in most coastal localities, thanks to high profits,” said Nguyen Huu Hung, director of the Research Institute for Aquaculture No III at a conference held late last week in Soc Trang Province.
As a result, the water surface for farming the shrimp has expanded significantly, from nothing in 2000 to 25,000 ha in 2010. Output rose from 10,000 tons in 2002 to 150,000 tons last year.