Intensive shrimp farming program in Vietnam is optimising production while minimising disease risks for farmers

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Shrimp farms in Vietnam

For many people and rural communities throughout Vietnam, aquaculture is the main source of social and economic stability, providing them with essential employment, food security and livelihoods. To support the country’s aquaculture development, Skretting Vietnam has long been committed to providing the ideal feed solutions, knowledge, techniques and practices for farmers to flourish.

Its Vietnam’s SUCCESS programme increased profitability for farmers by 30-40% via a holistic approach which includes good practice sharing, feed, technical support, water care solutions and environmental care.

The programme was launched in October 2019 to reduce the costs of producing shrimp, and to increase farming profitability. The programme is essentially a sustainable shrimp farming model that applies from seeding to harvest, and which has been specifically designed to maintain biosecurity in order to minimise disease risks for Vietnamese farmers.

Built on the concept of “SUCCESS for everyone”, one of the programme’s main strengths is its flexibility, which makes it adaptable to suit ponds of all kinds. In the three years since its launch, it has led to dramatic increases in profitability – averaging 30-40% compared to traditional farming models.

This significant improvement is thanks to a combination of five key factors:

  • An optimised survival rate up to 90%
  • A 30% increase in average growth rates
  • Higher prices (ca. 10%) from selling antibiotic-free shrimp
  • Minimised risks of disease outbreaks
  • Reduced production cost by an average 6 – 8% versus other intensive and super intensive operations in Vietnam

SUCCESS stories

Farm owner Mr Đac

Farm owner Mr Đac is among the growing number of farmers who have benefitted from applying the SUCCESS programme. In 2020, after farming shrimp for 10 years, Mr Đac decided to introduce the programme to his five hectare site (one nursery system, and five grow-out ponds). His total investment, including equipment, pond renovations etc., amounted to €51,800.

Achieving an average survival rate of 90%, two harvests provided 62 tonnes of shrimp with an average feed conversion ratio (FCR), earning Mr Đac’s farm €300,000. Consequently, he achieved a profit and net profit of €126,000 and €71,000 respectively.

I am so happy to work with Skretting in shrimp farming, and I am very confident with the SUCCESS programme. It brings good practices with regards to protecting the environment, and this helps me to farm sustainably. At the same time, SUCCESS brings good profit values with optimal production cost,” said Mr Đac.

“This programme is truly beneficial to the farmers, especially during this challenging period with diseases and environmental pollution risks.”

Cherdchai Thoongchoo, Skretting Technical Services Manager for South East Asia

Cherdchai Thoongchoo, Skretting Technical Services Manager for South East Asia is very happy to support customers with the programme. “With the understanding that a large number of farmers were looking for a sustainable shrimp farming model, and living up to our principle that ‘prevention is better than cure’ when it comes to minimising disease risks, Skretting has extensively researched and built the SUCCESS programme,” says Cherdchai.

Having flexibility in the design, construction and operation of ponds is a considerable advantage and has made this new initiative effective in all of Vietnam’s shrimp farming regions. We are so happy to have brought such a good programme to Vietnamese farmers.”

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