HCMC: Exports of ornamental fish and crocodiles bring tens of millions of dollars

According to the report of HCMC Agriculture and Rural Development Department, in the first six months of 2017, agricultural production in the HCMC changed towards urban agriculture, transferring area for one-crop-rice farming with low efficiency into area for animal husbandry with high economic efficiency in accordance with the city’s economic conditions. 

hcmc exports of ornamental fish and crocodiles bring tens of millions of dollars

Exports of ornamental fish in the first six months of 2017 sharply increased 64.3% compared to same period last year. Photo: N. Hien

Specifically, production value in the first six months of 2017 was estimated at 7,136 billion vnd, up by 6.5% over the same period in 2016. In which, farming rose 5.1%, animal husbandry rose 4.5% and fishery rose 7.3%.

Compared to the same period in 2016, area of fresh vegetable farming in HCMC reached 10,200 hectares, rising by 19.6%; area of ornamental flowers and trees reached 1,640 hectares, rising by 9.3%; dairy cows reached 84,320 units, down by 6.5%; pigs reached 351,349 units, down by 1.7%, of which sows reached 53,448 units, up by 0.7%; fishery volume reached 25,800 tons, up 6.6%, ornamental fishes reached 75 million units, up 34.4%.

Enterprises in the city exported about 220 tons of seeds, up 34% over the same period, 56,0000 Mokara orchid branches, 100 Mokara orchid pots, 4,000 Mokara seedlings to the Cambodian market, with a total value of 1.2 billion vnd. Exports of vegetables, fruits and agricultural products in the period also reached 177,000 tons (up 31% over the same period), worth 118 billion vnd.

The quantity of exported ornamental fishes was 9.2 million units, up by 24% with an export turnover of US $11.5 million, up by 64.35 over the same period. Farms also exported 8,902 alive crocodiles, 208 leather panels worth 18.2 billion vnd, rising by 82% over the same period last year.

The result of agricultural production showed the good growth in some criteria such as area of vegetable farming, area of ornamental flowers and trees, fishery and crocodiles. Thereby, increasing production value and promoting general growth for the city’s agriculture industry

By Nguyen Hien/ Huyen Trang