Grobest supports shrimp farmers to adopt intensive production with Gro-farm technology
14:56 | 26/04/2021 Print Article
On April 16 in Phu Quoc city (Kien Giang), Grobest Vietnam Co., Ltd. (Grobest) organised the Southern and Western Customer Conference 2021 with the theme of "Successful Transformation". The event celebrates the successful first phase of Grobest's long-term support programme for Vietnamese shrimp farmers, to convert their traditional soil ponds to canvas-lined ponds by Gro-farm technology.
|Samson Li, Grobest Global CEO giving the opening speech at the conference |
Addressing the conference, Samson Li, Grobest Global CEO, said: “Vietnam is an important market in Grobest's strategic development. We are committed to continue investing long-term resources in this market to accompany Grobest's customers and local farmers. In this pursuit, Grobest focuses on product quality, especially highly efficient functional products, helping shrimp grow faster, stronger, and more sustainably.”
“Specifically, in the recent occasion of saline intrusion, diseases, and environmental problems, the shortcomings of Vietnam’s traditional large-scale shrimp farming model are becoming increasingly apparent, with low success rate. Meanwhile, intensive and super-intensive shrimp farming is gradually becoming the new trend, with more than 70 per cent of shrimp farmers who applied this model being able to achieve highly profitable crops. However, the transition to newer models is facing various challenges in terms of technology and capital, among others. To help farmers bridge this gap, Grobest Vietnam has carried out a programme to offer lots of practical support to shrimp farmers to spread this more efficient model using our Gro-farm technology,” he added.
|A shrimp farm applying Gro-farm technology in Bac Lieu |
Since its inception, this Grobest programme has helped shrimp farmers across the country overcome financial and technical obstacles and transform their production models. In June 2020, Grobest provided pilot support for 120 ponds owned by 60 traditional shrimp farmers. Through direct technology support and close supervision and consultancy from Grobest’s team of technicians, the converted ponds reported clear differences and achieved positive returns within three months. With the initial successes, Grobest officially began replicating the model on October 2020. It is expected that in 2021, thousands of intensive and super-intensive ponds using the Gro-farm shrimp farming technology will be completed.
N.V.N., a 55-year-old shrimp farmer receiving support from the Grobest programme, shared: “I had been thinking about switching to intensive or super-intensive shrimp farming for a long time, but I was always discouraged by the large investment cost. Grobest technicians saw my concerns and gave me guidance to help me switch with confidence. I am very happy that I could make the right decision for my shrimp.”
|More than 70 per cent of shrimp farmers who applied new model can achieve highly profitable crops (Source: thuysanvietnam.com.vn) |
In addition to the programme that supports shrimp farmers to convert from traditional to intensive and super-intensive production, Grobest has also implemented a larvae production cooperation programme and the “My shrimp, My Decision” campaign, accompanying farmers to achieve high-quality crops.