Mekong delta provinces will strive for 2.55 billion USD in shrimp export this year, around 50 million USD more than the turnover obtained in 2013.

The future figure will include the amount of 1.1 billion USD set forth by Ca Mau province alone.

In the first two months of this year, the region raked in 433 million USD from export of the product.

To that end, the provinces have put 596,000 hectares of water area for farming shrimp, of which 478,000 hectares are in coastal localities as Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Kien Giang, Soc Trang and Tra Vinh.

They have strengthened management over the quality of fries, irrigation systems and the use of chemicals or substances in farming in order to yield healthy shrimp.

Especially, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre and Kien Giang have also provided loans worth more than 500 billion VND (23.5 million USD) for local farmers to improve aquaculture environment and buy fries and feed.

The Mekong Delta harvested 380,000 tonnes of shrimp in 2013, accounting for 79.8 percent of domestic shrimp production. It earned 2.5 billion USD in export of the product.-VNA