Mekong Delta, catfish and prawn prices increase

Farmers collect tra and basa fish in the Mekong Delta

After the Tet holiday, the prices of Mekong Delta Tra fish, a catfish, and sugpo prawn have increased.

The current price of Tra is VND15,000 to 16,000 a kilogram, an increase of VND1,500 over the last three weeks and VND2,500 to 3,000 a kilogram during the last months of 2008.

Sugo prawn, the price has increased by VND20,000 to 40,000 per kilogram over Tet to VND150,000 to 170,000.

However, the number of Tra fish in the first quarter of this year is not enough as many breeders emptied their ponds due to losses.

Areas such as An Giang and Dong Thap provinces and Can Tho City said that the number of households in 2008 making a loss from Tra increased 70 - 90 percent.

Non-farmed fish still carries a high price. A kilo of farmed mud fish is VND30,000 to 35,000 while caught fish goes for VND70,000.

Source: Lao Dong – Translated by H.Mien

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