More of Vietnam’s aquaculture area affected by disease despite recent progress

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At Conference on Prevention and Control of Diseases on Fishery Products in 2022Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health presented a report outlining the progress made in biosecurity and disease prevention measures for its aquaculture sector.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien

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The presentation on May 7 showed that the Vietnamese aquaculture area affected by the disease in 2021 measured 5,600 hectares, a decrease of 33% compared to the same period in 2020. The report revealed that dangerous aquatic diseases were largely under control, while growers managed to prevent the entry of new diseases. the country.

However, the report notes that since the start of 2022, the aquaculture areas affected by the diseases have reached around 1,200 hectares, a jump of almost 14 percent compared to the same period in 2021. The affected area is mainly dominated by shrimp farms (1,000 hectares) . White spot disease and acute hepatopancreatic necrosis (AHPND) were the most commonly reported diseases. The report also noted that more than 400 aquaculture rafts and net ponds in An Giang, Dong Thap and Ben Tre areas suffered from some common diseases.

In the first four months of 2022, 9,300 hectares of super-intensive, intensive and extensive shrimp farming were damaged by diseases. There are also cases of abnormal crab death that occurred in Ngoc Hien, Nam Can, Dam Doi, Cai Nuoc and Phu Tan districts earlier this year.

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New research estimates that 9,300 hectares of shrimp farms were affected by the disease in the first four months of 2022

“The Covid-19 epidemic had severely affected all areas in 2021, including economy, life, culture and tourism. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) had also warned that there would be a large number of people having to undergo In the case of Vietnam, we were unable to import many types of materials for the production of animal feed, veterinary medicine, inputs of aquaculture and fertilizer production, which has caused serious problems to our country’s agro-production,” Vice Minister of Agriculture Phung Duc Tien commented.

Despite these setbacks, the Vietnamese aquaculture sector remains on a growth trajectory. Total seafood production in the first four months of 2022 reached around 2.6 million tonnes, an increase of 2.2 times over the same period in 2021. Aquaculture production reached 1.37 million tonnes and exports are expected to remain strong through 2022.

“[Regions like] Ca Mau plays a very important role in the agriculture of our country, especially in the field of fishing. Ca Mau is also regarded as the “safe of fish products” of the Mekong Delta region, with its fish production continuously increasing over the years. It is therefore extremely important to promote disease prevention and control measures as well as invest in the province’s seafood production chain,” said Vice Minister of Agriculture Phung Duc Tien.

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