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Breeders of brackish shrimp urged to improve controls

Update: February, 11/2012 - 11:30

HCM CITY — The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has asked authorities in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta to improve management of brackish-shrimp breeding in an aim to restore quality.

Speaking at a conference on Wednesday, Minister Cao Duc Phat asked agencies to continue to maintain tight control over breeding, processing and harvesting as well as exports.

He said that provinces should also pay more attention to the overuse of chemicals. Breeders use chemicals to prevent shrimp disease.

He said that managers and agencies must closely oversee aquatic-feed production facilities and deal with violations promptly.

Local authorities should review and develop specialised farming areas with an aim for sustainable development.

Last year, there were 656,425 ha devoted to breeding brackish shrimp, with an output of 495,657 tonnes, an increase of 5.48 per cent in output compared to 2010.

Of that amount, Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces had 602,416 ha, accounting for 91.8 per cent of the country, according to MARD.

Last year was also a difficult year for Vietnamese shrimp exporters as some markets complained about surplus antibiotic amounts, especially in Japan. — VNS

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