According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Health Department, more than 53,000ha of shrimp farms in seven Mekong Delta provinces, namely Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, and Kien Giang, have seen a huge number of shrimp deaths from an unidentified liver disease, creating great losses to the industry.
The Department and the Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 2 sent samples to Arizona University in the US for tests. The results came back in early July, showing no trace of liver and Pancreas necrosis bacteria in shrimp. Intoxication was then concluded to be the main cause of shrimp death. According to Arizona University, further investigation is needed to determine the real causative agents.
Thus, FAO experts decided to come to Viet Nam and help with an investigation course.
They visited the Department’s aquatic disease testing labs and some hatcheries in the three provinces of Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau, talking with farmers, and taking samples of the soil and water in the farming ponds. Later on, FAO will work with the Department to develop a disease monitoring and alerting program.