(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In the first 3 months of 2021, the area of aquaculture in Ca Mau province, especially shrimp farming, continued to develop stably.
The whole province currently has an intensive shrimp farming area of more than 8,500 hectares, of which over 55% of the farming area is belonging to about 14,000 farming households, reaching nearly 97% of the plan. Particularly, the super-intensive farming area of shrimp is nearly 3,000 hectares, an increase of nearly 20% over the same period last year.
Along with that, the cumulative area of improved extensive shrimp farming in the province reached more than 158,000 hectares, an increase of 9.4% (4,028 hectares) and the area under farming is about 98% of the cultured area. In addition, the combined extensive shrimp farming area such as shrimp - forest, shrimp - rice, shrimp - crab - fish reached the size of more than 110,000 hectares. Up to now, the farming area of giant freshwater shrimp (crop year 2020) is concentrated in two districts Thoi Binh and U Minh with an area of 12,375 hectares which has been harvested, the average yield is 200 kg/ha, the output is 2,550 tons.
Meanwhile, the average price of raw shrimp increased by more than 10,000 VND/kg over the same period last year plus favorable factors in weather and salinity have made many households in the area boldly invest in releasing their offspring. This is the reason why the breeding area of the province highly increased in the first months of this year.
The output of processing shrimp of the province in March reached 15,297 tons, an increase of 3% compared to the previous month; the cumulative in the first quarter reached 50,679 tons, reaching 33.3% of the year plan, up 50% over the same period in 2020.
According to Le Quan, the Chairman of the People's Committee of Ca Mau province, although the situation of COVID-19 epidemic is complicated, catching and aquaculture, processing of shrimp for export of the province continued to develop and increase in the first months of 2021.
By the end of this year, Ca Mau province strives to achieve total seafood production of 620,000 tons, shrimp production alone will reach 225,000 tons. The province focuses on developing the improved extensive shrimp farming area to 160,000 ha and Intensive shrimp farming area to reach 8,800 ha, of which development of super-intensive shrimp farming reaches 3,200 ha.