Mekong Delta gets favorable conditions for freshwater aquaculture. Farmers have achieved high economic efficiency from new species.
Farmers in SócTrăng started to rear new species like sea bass, mudslipper, pangasius kunyit, snakehead, marine crab, loach, unisex tilapia… Despite limited area, farmers have achieved initial efficiency and may expand farming ponds in the future.
Farmer Võ Trung Dũng, owner of sea bass farming ponds in Trần Đề district said: “Price of sea bass is lower than brackish water shrimp up to tens of thousands VND per one kilogram, but farmers might gain high productivity with 100 tons/ha and 40-60 tons/ha averagely. Sea bass, therefore, brings the same value as brackish water shrimp from the same square unit”. Farmer Phạm Văn Sẻn has nearly 20 ha of sea bass in Hòa Nhân cooperative, Hòa Đông commune. He said: “With 85 thousand/kg this year, farmers may earn billions VND if productivity is 40 tons/ha. After ten months of farming, sea bass is sold at 55,000 – 60,000 VND/kg”.
Although average productivity of mudslipper was 15 tons/ha this year, farmers earned 35,000 – 40,000 VND for each kilogram since selling price was 100,000 VND/kg. Besides these two species, SócTrăng’s farmers earned high profit from snakehead, pangasius kunyit, freshwater pomfret, unisex tilapia, and loach. Freshwater eel farming has been a rather development in BạcLiêu with technique of young eel producing, feed processing, taking care and consumption being transferred by foreign companies. Freshwater eel type I is sold at 400,000 – 500,000 dong/kg.