Vietnamese shrimp farmers find success in new breeding model

Vietnamese shrimp farmers find success in new breeding model.
Some Vietnamese shrimp farmers are finding disease can be prevented without using chemicals when shrimp are bred with other aquatic products such as blue crab and tilapia, according to Vietnam News.
"I am breeding tilapia with shrimp in a family pond.
I see the water environment in the pond is better than previous years when I bred only shrimp,” said shrimp breeder Nguyễn Bút of Hòa Tâm Commune, according to the news site.
“The pond’s bottom is no longer polluted by food leftovers, while the shrimps grow rapidly.
Although the profit is lower than the model of only shrimp breeding, I earn VND100 million to VND120 million ($4,400/€3,900 – $5,300/€4,700) from 5 sào [about 1,800 square meters] of water surface per crop.
Every year I can raise two crops and the water environment is still guaranteed."
Đỗ Kim Đồng, chief of Đông Hòa District’s agriculture department, said tilapia consume feed leftovers, improving water pollution, and last year local authorities gave shrimp farmers 600 kg of baby tilapia in four communes and towns to develop this combined model of shrimp breeding, according to the news site.
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