As a coastal province, Bac Lieu is endowed with favorable conditions for aquaculture development, especially hi-tech shrimp farming with many effective models. To bring this strength into full play, the province is carrying out Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development. Once completed and operated, this facility will leverage Bac Lieu into a center of shrimp breeding, farming and processing of the region and the whole country.
With its aquaculture area accounting for nearly 50% of the total natural area, Bac Lieu is one of the biggest shrimp farming localities in Vietnam, harvesting about 110,000 tons of shrimp a year and earning nearly VND11,500 billion from this creature. With this strength, the province has adopted many hi-tech shrimp farming models in the country and in Southeast Asia as well. Typical examples include super-intensive shrimp farming model in the greenhouse of Viet Uc Corp. and Biofloc super-intensive shrimp farming of Truc Anh Production and Trading Co., Ltd. In addition, Bac Lieu is also a major shrimp hatchery in the Mekong Delta and in the country, producing about 25 billion broodstock a year, accounting for 50% of the Mekong Delta and 19.23% of the country. The province aims to become a shrimp center of the Mekong Delta and the country, gradually raise its shrimp brand names and affirm Vietnamese shrimp quality on the international market, constantly adding the value to the shrimp, and thus increasing income and livelihoods of shrimp farmers. The establishment of Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development is also a strategic step of the province to realize this goal.
Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development, set up under the Prime Minister’s Decision 694/QD-TTg dated May 24, 2017 and Decision 869/QD-TTg dated July 16, 2018, is responsible for applying hi-tech research and development achievements to the shrimp industry; producing broodstock and hatching baby shrimps, researching shrimp farming and processing processes supporting industries, bio-product production and preservation, and processing, training, receiving and transferring scientific and technical progress of shrimp industry in Bac Lieu province, Ca Mau Peninsula, Mekong Delta and the whole country.
Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development Project is divided into two phases. Phase 1 is invested by the Management Board of Agricultural and Rural Development Investment and Construction Project, launched in Hiep Thanh commune (Bac Lieu City) on an area of 103.31 ha of land, costing VND175 billion of investment capital, funded by the provincial budget according to the medium-term public investment plan for the 2016-2020 period. Up to now, more than 90% of the first-phase work has been completed and put into operation by the end of December 2020.
Phase 2 is invested by the Management Board of the Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development, costing VND194,874 billion. The investor signed a contract to fully entrust the Management Board of Agricultural and Rural Development Investment and Construction Project to invest in construction of agricultural and rural development items. Preparations have been completed and ready for construction commencement.
Once operational, Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development will focus on research, application, experiment and demonstration of hi-tech shrimp production models to serve the development of the shrimp industry of Bac Lieu province, the Ca Mau Peninsula, the Mekong Delta and Vietnam as a whole; connect research, application and production of hi-tech products in the shrimp industry; organize events, trade fairs, exhibitions and demonstrations of hi-tech shrimp technology and application; training hi-tech human resources in the shrimp industry; and attract domestic and foreign investment and human resources for hi-tech application in the Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development. With that significance, the Bac Lieu People’s Committee recently set up a council for choosing projects for the Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development. Nine companies were chosen in the first phase (farming demonstration, bio-products, breed production and feed).
Mr. Pham Hoang Minh, Director of the Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development, said, the Management Board is currently carrying out necessary procedures to allocate land to selected enterprises for investment demonstration. In the coming time, the board will continue to advise the Provincial People’s Committee to deploy the second phase of selecting enterprises for the Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development. At the same time, it will complete procedures for the launch of the second phase of infrastructure construction, as well as complete conditions for the Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development to come into operation. “The Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development is a key project, lying adjacent to the Bac Lieu wind power plant, which is already operational. Therefore, when completed, this project not only creates important resources for the province’s economic development and growth, but also combines with the wind power plant to form a fresh tourist destination in the future. Being aware of this, in the coming time, the Management Board of Bac Lieu Hi-tech Agricultural Park for Shrimp Development and construction contractors will focus on human and material resources to accelerate the progress of items to soon complete and put the project into operation as planned,” Mr. Minh emphasized.
Source: Vietnam Business Forum