Shrimp farming area in the whole province in 2021 is expected at 2,107 hectares. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced farming schedule, guided the Department of Fisheries, the branch of Livestock production and Veterinary to strengthen the management of farming area, breed quality, cooperate with local agencies guiding farmers in diseases prevention.
Currently, in some on-sand farming areas that have a high tide, shrimp farmers have been preparing for stocking the first crop of 2021 according to the schedule issued by Agriculture Department. In particular, intensive on-sand farming in Phu Cat, Phu My districts stocked their first crop from February – April; shrimp farming areas in lagoons, estuaries, places with a quite good infrastructure like the southern region of Hoai Nhon town starts the first crop from February to the middle of May; the other areas of Hoai Nhon town, Quy Nhon city and the districts of Tuy Phuoc, Phu Cat, Phu My crops from March to May.
“Based on the schedule, the whole district has 971 hectares of shrimp farming in the first crop. We are going to cooperate with localities to check, guide farmers in the improvement of farming ponds, tanks and stocking that follow the seasonal schedule. Particularly, it is recommended to stock shrimp with a low density at from 30 – 40 shrimp/m2, intercrop shrimp, crap and fish to prevent diseases” said Mr. Pham Quang An, Deputy Chief at Department of Agriculture and Rural Development – Tuy Phuoc district.
On-sand shrimp farming in Lo Dieu village, Hoai My commune (Hoai Nhon town) has 25 farming households with more than 40 hectares. Mr. Nguyen Van Nghiem, party secretary of Lo Dieu village, also known as a shrimp farmer here said, the high tide area has good infrastructure so farmers here grow shrimp all year ground with average productivity of 10 – 12 tons/hectare/crop.
Mr. Truong Van in Lo Dieu village also said, after improving the pond from December (Lunar calendar), he treated water in 2 ponds with an area of 1,500 m2 and stock 500,000 white-leg shrimp. “I have only just stocked for 5 days, they will be moved to 2 ponds with an appropriate density after 30 days of rearing stage. This year, it is colder than usual so it is necessary to increase calcium, minerals, vitamin C in the feed to improve shrimp’s resistance” shared Mr.Van.
Mr. Dang Van Toan, a shrimp farmer in Xuan Binh Nam village, My Thanh commune (Phu My district) said: “3 nylon-covered shrimp ponds with the area of 800m2/pond are raising 30,000 breed white-leg shrimp from the sub-crop of 2020, after Tet holiday, I will harvest them and renovate the ponds, raise the bottom, cover nylon and treat water to stock the first crop of 2021 in early March according to the guideline of local agencies”.
According to Mr. Pham Quang Nhan, Chief of the aquaculture department (Fisheries Directorate), the farming areas in lagoons, estuaries have poor infrastructure so there are no farmer stocks at the moment, they are reinforcing, dredging, cleaning, and renovating ponds for the first crop. At the same time with strengthening the management of farming areas, technical guidance, propaganda for complying seasonal schedule, aquaculture department deploys monitoring, checking of temperature, pH, salinity, alkalinity, etc in farming areas to help farmers in controlling and preventing shrimp diseases in a new crop.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan, Deputy Director of the branch of Livestock production and Veterinary said, 57.2 tons of antiseptic chemical has been allocated to localities so that the farmers treat the farming environment, prevent diseases. Also, the branch strengthens checking of shrimp breed to ensure the input and origin; assign technical staffs to each area to guide shrimp farmers in innovating pond, taking sample of breed shrimp to test for disease testing.