Ca Mau hopes crabs are the next big thing

A farmer in Ca Mau Province checks the quality of crabs before packing them for sales. The province is seeking to develop crab farming to achieve output of US$100 million by 2020.—VNA/VNS Photo Huynh Anh The southernmost province of Ca Mau is aiming to develop crab farming to make the crustacean its second biggest aquatic export after brackish shrimp. Last December the province unveiled a programme to boost sea crab farming to VND2.3 trillion (US$101 million) worth of harvests a year by 2020. The crab farming area will be expanded to 100,000ha by 2020 with average productivity of 70-80 kilogrammes per hectare and annual output of 12 trillion tonnes. Ca Mau has many advantages that aid its aquaculture plans including the sea on three sides, a coastline of 254km and 87 river mouths. It also has 100,000ha of mangrove forests, which are a good habitat for raising shrimp, fish and crab. Crab farming has been growing in the Cuu Long (Mekong) delta for the last two decades and generates good incomes for people in Ca Mau, Tra Vinh, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, and Ben Tre provinces. The biggest wholesale crab market in the delta is located in Nam Can District in Ca Mau. The market attracts hundreds of traders every day who come to buy crab and other seafood coming from the province and neighbouring areas. There are around 50 local traders who pay a total of VND3 billion to buy 15 tonnes of crab on average per day. Another… [Read full story]

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