15/07/2018 10:17 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Shark catfish farming catching on

Shark catfish farming has grown rapidly in southern An Giang province due to the authorities’ efforts to introduce sophisticated farming techniques and new technologies.

The fish is farmed on around 741 hectares of ponds, 11.2 percent higher than a year ago, with output in the first half of this year being 16.4 percent higher at 167,000 tonnes.

With demand for shark catfish being large, prices have ruled consistently high at 29,000-31,000 VND (1.26 - 1.34 USD) per kilogramme, fetching farmers an income of 9,000 VND per kilogramme.

According to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, 58,920 tonnes of the fish have been exported this year for 139.5 million USD, a 22.3 percent rise.

The exports went to 72 countries.

Demand for juvenile catfish for farming has also increased, and over 1.2 billion juvenile fish were bred for the purpose this year, 7.5 percent higher than last year.

The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has been helping farmers learn proper farming methods and testing water quality at farms to ensure they are optimal for raising the fish.

It is also working with farmers and businesses to plan breeding and harvesting activities.

An Giang plans to increase the area of shark catfish farms to 1,000ha by 2025 and exports to 380 million USD.