Rice-shrimp farming systems in the Mekong Delta involve the production of rice in the wet season and shrimp in the dry season in an integrated farming system. Rice-shrimp farming systems are important for food and income security in Vietnam.
Climate variability, flow regulation, over-exploitation of fresh water and unsuitable farming practices reduce the productivity and profitability of rice and shrimp farming. The ACIAR-funded project ($2.13 Million), led by A/Prof. Jes Sammut and involving six research agencies, is investigating risk factors for poor rice and shrimp production, and developing and testing new technologies to improve rice and shrimp yields. The project involves UNSW (Commissioned Agency), Can Tho University, Cuu Long Rice Research Institute, The Research Institute for Aquaculture-2, Griffith University, Charles Sturt University and farmers from the Hoa My and Tang Bang Communes in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam.