A consultation workshop on “Shrimp farming: The way towards sustainable development” was organised by the Ca Mau’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation on September 29, 2012. The event was attended by various companies and agencies operating in shrimp farming, processing and export.
The representatives of SNV gave presentation on status, challenges and new requirements as well as the way ahead for shrimp farming in Vietnam in general and in Ca Mau province in particular. Three major challenge groups, including importing countries’ authorities; the market itself and Vietnam’s internal issues were pointed out as main barriers to Vietnam’s shrimp export. Many ideas on how to develop shrimp industry in a sustainable way were shared by attendees during the workshop. Issues that were of high interest to participants included: finding out unique selling points; abandoning unclear strategies which can be potential barriers to long-term goals of Vietnam’s shrimp industry, which contribute to building Vietnam’s shrimp branding in the world market.
Following discussions, SNV made an analysis of Ca Mau’s shrimp advantages and pointed out where it stands in the value chain. SNV also discussed on how to introduce technologies in environment management, sewage and water treatment which need to be discussed with suppliers and processing factories to find out solutions to sustainable development of the fishery industry in the province.