As many as 741 households in the southern-most province of Ca Mau joined a Dutch project in 2013-2014 to farm certified organic shrimp and protect forests.

The Mangroves and Market (MAM) Project was funded by the Dutch Development Organisation (SNV) in cooperation with Minh Phu Seafood Corp., a local shrimp exporter who pledged to buy certified local organic shrimp at a ten percent premium.

MAM manager Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy said certified shrimp production helped increase farmers’ incomes and forge links between shrimp farmers and businesses.

Target households and businesses are provided with training on organic shrimp production techniques in compliance with international requirements.

Currently, an additional 200 households are being supported financially and practically to farm shrimp and replant forest on an area of around 40ha.

The project aims to expand the coverage of shrimp farming integrated with forestry to 5,000ha, and help 1,300 household producers get certification by 2015.-VNA