(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In May 2017, Vietnam’s aquaculture production reached 370 thousand MT, up 3.3% over the previous year, the figure in Jan-May 2017 estimated at 1,235 thousand MT, up 2.4% year on year.
Processing enterprises continued to boost the purchase of raw fish for exports, especially exports to China. The price of pangasius in May remained at high levels of VND24,000 - 26,000/kg. Pangasius output in the first five months of 2017 in Mekong Delta provinces amounted to 465.9 thousand MT, up 11.1%, the farming area hit 3,092 ha, down 6.2% year on year. The harvest output in provinces with the largest yields all increased such as An Giang province (+ 11.8%), Dong Thap province (+ 3.2%), and Can Tho province (+ 50.1%). The price of fingerlings with the size of 1.5-2.5 cm ranged from VND27,000 to 50,000/kg.
The farming area of brackish water shrimp in the country totaled 597 thousand ha, up 6.8%, with the yield of 144 thousand MT, up 46.2% year on year. Some industrial shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta started to harvest their crops. The price of shrimp quoted at high levels. Of that, the price of black tiger shrimp for the size of 15 pieces/kg was VND340,000 and that for the size of 25 - 30 pieces/kg was VND230,000.
Compiled by Dieu Thuy