Vietnam Australian Seafood Company have launched a partnership program in Vietnam which aims to support the country’s broodstock production. At a ceremony in Hồ Chí Minh City on Nov. 11, a representative of the group said the program would help make Vietnam self-sufficient in broodstock production from now until 2020.
Vietnamese shrimp farming mainly depends on foreign broodstock supplies from the US, Singapore and Thailand. Therefore, the successful production of broodstock by the Vietnam Australian Seafood Company is expected to boost opportunities for Vietnam self-sufficient in broodstock production.
At a launching ceremony of the group’s broodstock program in Hồ Chí Minh City on November 11, a representative said the outcome was attributed to the application of technology and careful selection for many years to create disease-free and high-quality broodstock. The company produces 50 billion broodstock annually, accounting for 25 percent of total broodstock in the country.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vũ Văn Tám said Việt Nam targets 10 billion USD in shrimp export by 2025 and 1.1 million tonnes of shrimp on 750,000 hectares. To reach this goal, Vietnam needs about 500,000-600,000 broodstock. Particularly, Vietnam has big demand for rapid-growth and disease-resistant black tiger and white-leg shrimp for extensive farming to create a huge amount of products which are able to ensure food safety and foreign customers’ demands.
The ministry is implementing a national action plan to develop Vietnam’s shrimp industry through 2025 and a project to develop national brackish shrimp products, he noted.