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The eleven BMP demonstration farms have been operational for the last six months. (Photo: Seafood from Vietnam)

Better draft management practices trialled

VIET NAM
Monday, June 14, 2010, 16:00 (GMT + 9)



Some farmers have volunteered to trial the draft better management practices (BMPs) created by the catfish BMP project for evaluation and demonstration. The draft BMPs were developed based on the data of surveys of industry practice and stakeholder meetings convened by the project team in October in Cao Lanh City, reports the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA).

Eleven ‘BMP demonstration farms’ have been established between farmers and the project team and are about halfway into the six-month production cycle. These include seven grow out farms (three in Can Tho, one each in An Giang, Hau Giang, Vinh Long and Dong Thap), three nurseries (two in Dong Thap, one in Can Tho) and a hatchery in An Giang.

Moreover, extension material on BMPs have been prepared and distributed to inform locally clustered farms about the advantages of a cooperative approach to farm management. There has been a very favourable response overall from farmers with clusters being organised in some communities.

The project team and the Department of Resource Management and Geography of the Melbourne University, Australia are jointly evaluating the effectiveness of the BMPs as part of the demonstration farm trials. The evaluation will focus on Can Tho and An Giang provinces and target economic, environmental and social impacts of BMP implementation as part of the demonstration trials.

In the interim, the findings from the project’s field studies and associated surveys that resulted in the formulation of the draft BMPs are being published in peer reviewed scientific journals and exposed to the scientific realm.

These publications are expected to influence the subsequent development of certification standards for the sector by a wide range of independent organisations, and thereby enable the adoption of a more pragmatic approach.
 
The BMP project is also linked to a study on climate change impacts on the Mekong Delta’s catfish sector. Here, the network of farmers involved in the initial BMP surveys and at stakeholder meetings are also working with the climate change project to assess and analyse the perception of climate change and potential adaptations to alleviate impacts.

An attempt is also being made using available models to find the extent of catfish farming activities likely to be impacted by salinity intrusion from sea level rise.

Catfish farming in the Mekong Delta is mostly undertaken by relatively small-scale producers and is one of the largest freshwater aquaculture industries anywhere. The sector has a 2010 forecast of a production of 1 million tonnes worth USD 1 billion.

The project aims to develop and facilitate adoption of better BMPs for catfish farming to increase the profitability and environmental responsibility of farmers by way of more efficient resource use, contributing to the wider sustainability of the industry as a whole.

Related article:

- Seminar tackles sector development


By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com


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