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Crab farming in Việt Nam’s southern tip

Update: October, 21/2017 - 08:58
Crabs in the bucket: Part of a crab farm with hundreds of buckets prepared for a new batch of female crabs.
Viet Nam News

Việt Nam’s southernmost tip Năm Căn District in Cà Mau Province has earned a reputation as home to some of the finest female crabs in the country. The district’s crab farms are not only the go-to place for crab farmers in the Mekong Delta but also farmers nationwide.

Starting from just a few farms managed by a handful of families who wanted to use their unused land lots, female crab farming has become the district’s economic spearhead with dozens of farms employing hundreds of workers.

Suppliers: Baby crabs in a nursery pond. Năm Căn crab farms produce tens of millions for the market on a monthly basis.

Local farmers also organised their own local co-operative to pool resources for advanced farming technology and capital security.  

Dinner time: A farmer feeds his crabs at a farm in Năm Căn District.

One of the pioneers of the trade, Đoàn Văn Tuyên, head of the co-operative said it takes up to 15 days to raise his crabs before they are ready for sale. Tuyên and his family run more than 70 hatcheries, bringing a monthly income of US$600-800.

Lucky ones: Chosen female crabs are cleaned and kept in separate buckets with ample oxygen.

The process starts with farmers hand-picking healthy female crabs that weigh 450-600gr. They must later be cleaned and cared for in a bucket with ample oxygen.

Fine specimen: Farmers must make sure they hand pick the most healthy and fertile female crabs for optimal productivity. — VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Thế Anh

According to the farmers, the district enjoys a significant advantage in crab farming due to its proximity to the sea. Water salinity is often stable at 25-30 per cent, ideal for raising crabs. There are also abundant sources of food for them in the area. — VNS


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