Initiated 3 years ago, the Mangroves and Markets Projects (MAM) applied in the southernmost province of Ca Mau has brought its benefits to the farmers and the locality. Its products – organic shrimp, which fetches higher prices comparing to industrial/commercial shirmp, helped increase income for the farmers and protect the natural environment.
The project aims at helping local shrimp-farming systems become more friendly with the environment while enhancing profitability, sustainability and coastal resilience to climate change.
Beneficiaries of the project include 5,300 households and 24,000 hectares of Ngoc Hien district. After completing trainging on how to manage household waste and protect the mangroves, the participants will receive a certification, by which they can price their shrimp 10% higher. The program also open a gate for export of Vietnam’s high quality shrimp.
Organic shrimp farming requires high quality broodstock and strictly environmental control. Parameters like pH, salinity, DO, are retained in best conditions possible. This has resulted into an increase in productivity by 2.7 per cent annually – Within the period of 2010-2015, the output has increased from 7,546 to 9,605 tonnes.
One of the local farmers participated in this program said: “The most important factor of organic shrimp farming is proper farm size, proper density and water level because the purpose is to raise healthy shrimp and protect the mangroves.”
Through the project, the farmers are engaged in mangrove forests protection and climate change adaptation, building a sustainable business that helps them prolong their livelihoods to many generations onward.
It is expected that by 2020, the annual growth will increase 6 per cent with total capacity of 14,300 tonnes and 60,000 hectares are expected to receive international certificate for organic shrimp.
By Ha Thu
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