Disease-affected aquaculture area increases in Vietnam
Aquaculture area affected by diseases in Ca Mau spiked nearly 14% at the start of 2022.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development recently coordinated with Ca Mau People's Committee to organize the conference Prevention and control of disease on fishery products in 2022, reported local news. According to a report from the Department of Animal Health, despite the difficulties caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevention of aquatic diseases continued to achieve important results.
The disease-affected aquaculture area in 2021 was over 5,600 ha, down 33% over the same period in 2020. Dangerous aquatic diseases remained under control, and newly emerging dangerous diseases were successfully prevented from entering the country.
Particularly from the beginning of 2022, the aquaculture area affected by diseases is approximately 1,200 ha, an increase of nearly 14% compared to the same period in 2021. The affected shrimp farming area is nearly 1,000 ha, mainly white spot disease and Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND).
Through field inspection, the damage mainly occurred in black tiger shrimp extensive farming pond in the form of full exploitation of natural ponds, lagoons and water sources to breed many aquatic species at the same time such as sea crabs, sea fish, mollusks. The reason fell to not investing in pond and farming environment improvement and not feeding adequate supplementary food for the breeds.
In the first four months of this year, 9,300 ha of super-intensive, intensive and extensive shrimp farming has been damaged by disease. There are also cases of abnormal death of crabs occurring in the districts of Ngoc Hien, Nam Can, Dam Doi, Cai Nuoc and Phu Tan at the beginning of the year.
“Ca Mau province plays a very important role in our country's agriculture, especially in the field of fishery. Ca Mau is also considered the ‘fishery product vault’ of the Mekong Delta region with its fishing output continuously increasing over the years. It is therefore extremely important to promote disease prevention and control measures as well as invest in the seafood production chain of the province,” said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien.