On March 23, 2017, in Ho Chi Minh City, SusV project collaborated with Lasan company to organize the dialogue “Improving shrimp farming technologies in the context of global climate change” with the attendants from farmer groups/cooperatives in Soc Trang, Soc Trang fisheries department, specialists from Can Tho university/Nong-Lam University – Ho Chi Minh city, ICAFIS and Lasan company.
From the beginning of 2016, the shrimp farmers in Mekong delta faced lots of difficulties because of negative effects from El Nino, Lanina and global climate change, especially small-holder shrimp farmers who are most vulnerable because of poor infrastructure and limited access to advanced technologies.
In 2017, shrimp farmers in Mekong delta still face difficulties because of abnormal weather. According to National Hydro and Meteorological Service Center, the weather and hydrology has trend of lacking rain water and water flow, drought and large temperature differences between day and night time will happen. In the beginning of 2017, the local authorities has recorded the high ratio of shrimp death right after shrimp seed stocking.
In order to help the shrimp farmers to deal with abnormal weather and effect of the Global Climate Change. On March 23, SusV project collaborated with Lasan company – who joined in the Shrimp Value Chain with commitment to help small-holder shrimp farmers to organize the dialogue ““Improving shrimp farming technologies in the context of global climate change effects” in Ho Chi Minh City with the attendants from farmer groups/cooperatives in Socs Trang, Soc Trang fisheries department, 5 specialists from Can Tho university/Nong-Lam University – Ho Chi Minh city, ICAFIS and Lasan company.
at the dialogue, Mr. Mai Van Dau – the Director of Toan Thang cooperative on Soc Trang spoke “Up to March 2017, most of Toan Thanh cooperative members have not dared to stock shrimp seed because of abnormal weather and did not know how to deal the negative effects of abnormal weather and Climate change”, it is the common worry of shrimp farmers in Mekong delta.
A the dialogue, representatives from farmer groups/cooperatives, specialists reviewed all steps of shrimp farming process and the difficulties that shrimp farmers were facing in order to recommend the improved technologies which help farmers to mitigate the negative effects of the Global Climate Change and abnormal weathers.
As the slogan of the dialogue “accessing to advanced technologies – leading to success” by Mr. Nguyen Hai Dang – the Director of Lasan company. The dialogue is the good opportunity to link shrimp farmers with leading shrimp farming specialists in order to improve shrimp farming technologies. Based on the results of the dialogue, SusV project and Lasan company will organize training courses “Improving shrimp farming technologies in the context of global climate change effects” for farmer groups/cooperatives in Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau province, the training courses will help them to have new shrimp farming crop with less risks and more success.
The project “ Sustainable and Equitable Shrimp Production and Value Chain Development in Vietnam – SusV” funded by UE through Switch-asia program and co-implemented by Oxfam Vietnam and International Collaborating Center for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability (ICAFIS)
Vũ Thùy – ICAFIS