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Vinh Long produces breeding tra fish in Global Gap standard

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:26 am

The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long has carried out two key projects to enhance tra fish breeds for the catfish development program by 2020.

Farmers harvest tra fish in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)

Accordingly, the first project is estimated to cost VND300 million (US$15,000) and will produce breeding tra fish in the Global Gap standard, at Vinh Long aquatic breeding farm.

The second is to join the Vinh Long Agriculture Seed Center’s project, which will hand the technology to produce high quality tra fish breeds over to provinces in the delta.

Global Gap is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of production processes of agricultural (including aquaculture) products around the globe.

Source: SGGP

“World’s least known bird” found breeding in Afghanistan

In World on January 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

 Researchers have found in Afghanistan the first known breeding area of the large-billed reed warbler, which was dubbed in 2007 as “the world’s least known bird species.”

Researchers for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Sweden’s Gothenburg University said they had found the breeding area in the remote and rugged Wakhan Corridor of north-eastern Afghanistan that has escaped the worst effects of war.

They used field observations, museum specimens, DNA sequencing, and the first known audio recording of the species to find the birds and verified the discovery by capturing and releasing almost 20 birds, the largest number ever recorded.

A preliminary paper on the finding appears in BirdingASIA, describing the discovery in Afghanistan as “a watershed moment” in the study of this bird.

This undated photo released by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows a large-billed reed warbler

The first specimen of the large-billed reed warbler was discovered in India in 1867 but the second find was not until 2006 in Thailand.

“Practically nothing is known about this species, so this discovery of the breeding area represents a flood of new information on the large-billed reed warbler,” said Colin Poole of WCS’s Asia Program, in a statement.

“This new knowledge of the bird also indicates that the Wakhan Corridor still holds biological secrets and is critically important for future conservation efforts in Afghanistan.”

The find came after Robert Timmins from the WCS was conducting a survey of bird communities in the area.

The Wakhan Corridor has escaped the worst effects of the long years of war suffered elsewhere in Afghanistan since the December 1979 invasion by the Soviet Union. The corridor, populated primarily by Wakhi farmers and yurt-dwelling Kyrghyz herders, is also home to snow leopards and wild Marco Polo sheep.

Timmins heard a distinctive song coming from a small, olive-brown bird with a long bill which he taped and later discovered to be a large-billed reed warbler.

The following summer WCS researchers returned to the same area and used a recording of the song to bring out others and catch almost 20 birds for examination.

The WCS said it is currently the only organization conducting scientific conservation studies in Afghanistan, the first such efforts in over 30 years, and it has contributed to a number of conservation initiatives in tandem with the Afghan government.

It helped produce Afghanistan’s first list of protected species, an action that has led to a ban on hunting snow leopards, wolves, brown bears, and other species.

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Heroic couple become billionaires by breeding wild animals

In Vietnam Lifestyle on September 10, 2009 at 8:03 am

Both husband and wife are former soldiers who were permanently injured through fierce Southeastern battles during the war against the US invasion. After the war, they started breeding porcupines and wild boar for meat. The business has become so successful that the married couple, who were very poor in the beginning, have now become billionaires.

Than Quang Vinh and his wife, Pham Thi Bich Ngoc, are residents of Linh Xuan Ward, Thu Duc District, HCM City. They are considered pioneers in breeding wild animals in the city.

Vinh narrated that in late 1980s, some of his comrades came over to his home and gave him a couple of small porcupines as gifts. He put them in a cage. A few days later, the porcupines still looked healthy and ate well. Vinh said to himself, “Why not try to breed them?”

A view of Vinh and Ngoc’s boar breeding farm (Photo: SGGP)

So said so done, Vinh made a big trellis cage for the porcupines. Every day, his wife went to the market to ask for withered turnips and vegetables from stalls to feed them.

After a few months, the female porcupine gave birth to two porcupettes (baby porcupines), which were sold at some ten million dong when they were two weeks of age.

Realizing that rearing porcupines was an easy and lucrative business, Vinh decided to setup a breeding farm. He borrowed money from his friends to buy a one-hectare plot of land where male and female porcupines were reared to be breeders.

The couple earned nearly VND30 million from the sale of their three first pairs of breeders.

Inspired by their initial success, Vinh and his wife decided to start another breeding business with boars. Vinh bought some sows trapped by hunters and then created a new crossbreed by breeding female wild boars with domestic boars.

The crossbreds brought more success to the married couple because the meat became a favorite dish of many gourmets in HCM City.

After twenty years of breeding the first pair of porcupines, Vinh and Ngoc now own seven farms rearing more than 100 female boars, 300 pairs of porcupines, more than 1,000 porcupettes and hundreds of hybrid boars in Cu Chi, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh districts of HCMC and in Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai provinces.

The married couple are now supplying breeding porcupines and boars to many breeding farms in cities and provinces nationwide, including Can Tho, Vinh Long, Long An, Quang Ngai and Hanoi. A kilo of boar meat sells for between VND150,000 and VND180,000 while a kilo of porcupine is sold at between VND 300,000 and 400,000.

After gaining enormous success with the domestic market, Vinh and his wife are now seeking to export their produce to foreign countries.

Vinh said that the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam is considering their application for their porcupines’ brand registration. Once they get the registered brand, they will export their produce to China.

Vinh also revealed that not long ago, after visiting his farms, a delegation from the agricultural sector in Hanoi announced their intention of cooperating with Vinh and his wife in seeking export markets, other than China, for their porcupines and hybrid boars.

Additionally, Vissan, a well-known local meat processing company, has also invited Vinh and his wife to cooperate with them to establish a boar slaughtering and processing line to supply safe and hygienic boar meat to markets in and outside the country.

Wealth and fame do not make Vinh and his wife forget the difficult and challenging days in battle fields and their comrades. They have helped their companions-in-arms escape poverty by supplying breeding porcupine and boars to them free of charge and teaching them breeding techniques.

Money will be refunded to Vinh and his wife only after their comrades have sold their produce. If the breeding fails, Vinh and his wife will incur the loss.

Thanks to experience gained through 20 years of breeding boars and porcupines, Vinh and Ngoc have written and published books about breeding techniques. Such books have been welcomed and used by many farmers and breeding companies as reference books because they are very practical and useful to farming work.  

Source: SGGP

Vietnam, China cooperate to release breeding fish

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Lang Son (VNA) – Northern Lang Son province and its neighbouring Chinese province of Guangxi cooperated to release 500,000 fish fry worth 500 million VND into Ky Cung River in Trang Dinh district on Dec. 1.
This is the first time the two provinces have conducted such as move under the theme of “ Vietnam and China drink water from the same river and co-protect aquatic resources”.

The fish release aims to restore the ecological balance on Ky Cung River, which has been seriously damaged by rapid development of industrial factories and overexploitation.-

Thai business invests in shrimp breeding farm

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – Thai Charoen Pokphand group’s CP Vietnam Livestock Company will invest between 6 to 9 million USD in building a white-leg shrimp breeding farm in Phong Dien district, central Thua Thien-Hue province.

The 136ha farm is expected to create jobs for 120 locals CP Vietnam, a wholly Thai invested business, is headquartered in Bien Hoa II industrial park, southern Dong Nai province.

It has opened branches in central Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Binh Thuan and Khanh Hoa provinces and southern Tien Giang and Ben Tre provinces.-