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Support for fish farmers on La Ngà River approved

Update: November, 30/2018 - 15:00
Đồng Nai farmers whose fish stocks were wiped out in May will receive compensation. — Photo
Viet Nam News

ĐỒNG NAI — The People’s Commitee of Đồng Nai Province had approved a budget to support people hit by a mass fish death on the La Ngà River in Định Quán District in May, the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said.

In total, 129 farmer households will receive compensation of over VNĐ12.3 billion (US$534,000) to restore production after over 1,500 tonnes of fish raised in cages were reported dead on May 21, Dân Trí online newspaper reported.

After an investigation, authorities determined the fish died from a natural disaster.

Oysters die en mass

Aquaculture farmers in the central province of Nghệ An have seen large numbers of their oysters die in recent days, leaving them in financial difficulties, the Voice of Việt Nam reported.

The deaths wiped out 60-80 per cent of oysters raised across dozen of hectares of aqua farms in Hoàng Mai Township, according to local residents.

The death of the oysters occurred ten days ago, said Nguyễn Văn Được, a farmer in Quỳnh Thiện District.

About 2.5ha of oysters were set to be harvested next month, but 80 per cent of them had died from unknown causes, he said.

In Quỳnh Lập Commune, dozens of oyster farmers are in the same situation.

“I have farmed oysters for many years, but this is the first time that so many have died,” Phan Hồng Dũng, a local farmer, said.

According to a report from Hoàng Mai Township People’s Committee, fish raised in cages on the Hoàng Mai River had also died en masse.

Local authorities have taken samples of the dead oysters and water and asked farmers to remove all the dead oysters from breading areas as soon as possible in order to avoid contamination. — VNS



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