Talking about aquaculture industry in Phu Yen, Dac Loc Seafood Co., Ltd is always mentioned as a bright spot, the pride of the province on sustainable development, application of technology and good production practices. Initially, the company had only a seafood-trading base. After a decade of development, the company is now doing diverse business in associated with producing and trading seafood, shrimp hatchery and farming, providing feed and veterinary medicine, researching and applying new technologies to aquaculture.
With more than 50 hectares of shrimp hatchery station and farms in Xuan Hai Commune, Song Cau town (Phu Yen province), and more than 400 employees, Dac Loc is the leading company in shrimp hatchery and grow-out in the province. Yearly, there are many enterprises, farmers, scientists, provincial authorities from the north-most Mong Cai (Quang Ninh province) to the south-most Ca Mau province, carry out the study tour to visit and learn the models, hatchery station and shrimp farming operations in the company.
Director Le Huu Tinh presented the development of the company with the VSA Delegation.
Nearly 12pm, Mr Le Huu Tinh, Director of Dac Loc Seafood Co., Ltd. was still sharing information and his own lessons learned with the delegation of Hai Phong who came to learn experiences in shrimp farming business. After that, he enthusiastically welcomed the VSA's delegation to visit the shrimp hatchery as planned. He said: "Until now, the company has won many titles and awards for commercial activities such as: Gold Cup - Vietnam Golden Quality of Fisheries (2012, 2014); The Award of The Best Hatchery (2015 - 2016); The Vietnam Golden Rice Award II(2015); Top 10 Asia-Pacific Brand Product and Service (2016); Certificate of the Top 500 fastest growing enterprises in Vietnam (2016); The first high-tech agricultural enterprise in Phu Yen; Certification of Science and Technology Enterprise (2017)".
The hatchery of the company has achieved Global GAP standards since 2013. Now the grow-out shrimp farms are being applied the ASC standard. "When having the ASC standards, the company will easily export products to the international market, prices will be better and competitiveness will be stronger," said Tinh. Currently, Dac Loc is one of the leading companies in implementing social responsibility in the local communities.
The delegate of Vietnam Seaculture Association visited shrimp hatchery of Dac Loc Seafood Co., Ltd.
Regarding the company's orientation, Director Tinh said: "It is necessary to apply high-tech in production to have good products, develop sustainably, be friendly with environment. The essence of technology 4.0 is connective so we need to link all relevant stakeholders in the chain including scientists, experts. The core of this connection is to find common ground and do useful things for community".
Owning a large area, the company made infrastructure in producing and hatching regular. Good practices for bio-security for grow-out and hatchery were implemented systematicaly following international standards. Nursery systems, farming facilities (ponds, tanks), and other infrastructure are arranged scientifically in accordance with international standards and the advices made by both domestic and foreign experts.
Mr Tinh added: "The design of the farm system was supported by CP-Group technical experts, so the scale and design of the farm can reach completely international technical standards’.'
For the applied modern technologies in aquaculture, he expressed: "I am very passionated about science and technology. I always learn aquaculture related technologies. As I know, many countries such as Australia, Malaysia, Israel, and Thailand (CP) used RAS technology for aquaculture for many years. RAS technology in aquaculture is likely to be the main trend in order to reduce bad effects from aquaculture. Dac Loc has worked with a number of international experts in this technology. Dac Loc wants to collaborate with more experts to improve and apply this technology in accordance with Vietnamese conditions, not only for lobster but also other high-value species."
He also added: "At present, some foreign aquaculture enterprises are applying modern technologies. Why can't we do it? Therefore, we need to approach and cooperate with our partners, experts and other stakeholders to learn and transfer technology. The "technical barriers" to our seafood are essentially "standards". We have to overcome these barriers as such ASC certification, Global GAP, BAP etc
Shrimp industrial farm of Dac Loc Seafood Co., Ltd
The international standards strictly require the farm to meet food hygiene and safety, bio-safety, product quality, environmental and ecological friendship, social responsibility,... In order to achieve certification, business needs to seriously adhere to the established criteria.
Mr. Tinh emphasized: "We should strictly follow and comply with criteria under the standard that enterprises wish to apply. We also need a team of excellent consultants to ensure that the business is in the right direction, the right process, avoids possible risks that may be occurred when the fulll assessment made for certification."
The environment has been already overloaded in the traditional lobster farming water areas in the province as such the O Loan lagoon, Xuan Dai bay, Vung Ro bay... Dac Loc enterprise is trusted by the local government to conduct a research on advanced farming technology, reduce risks and environmental pollution; finally to achieve sustainable lobster farming without degrading the environment and having no conflicts with other sectors.
Therefore, Dac Loc is very interested in cooperating and looking for modern lobster farming technology. At present, the company has been implementing this research under the framework of some projects funded by the central Government
"Dac Loc's responsibility is to carry out lobster farming onshore and on the open sea. This new project is not only for the company but also for the Vietnamese mariculture sector in general. To have solutions for sustainable lobster farming, we would like to cooperate, listen to the advice of experts from the field of cage production, the operation of equipment, machinery, feed production, fingerlings, environment, aquatic disease, information technology application", added Mr. Tinh.
For developing high-tech applications in aquaculture, he said:"Dac Loc will set up a Research and Development Center (R&D) which will do research on technological solutions to help many fish farmers. This center will be a technological bridge to connect the local experts to foreign experts. The company is upgrading some infrastructures such as nursery and other equipment for research works"
The delegate of Vietnam Seaculture Association took a photo when visiting Dac Loc Seafood Co., Ltd.
It's obviously recognized that businessman Le Huu Tinh is a very dynamic person, dares to think, dares to do, full of enthusiasm not only with the business production of the company, but also with the whole fisheries sector, socially responsible to the community. He desires to learn, update new science and technology. He is willing to share with the community and contribute social responsibility for a sustainable marine environment.
He is really concerned about the difficulties and challenges of offshore lobster farming (this is a problem not only for Vietnam). Definitely, he will probably success in the industry if there is a good connection, good organization between the partners - stakeholders, breeding, feed, farming technology, application of science and technology...
Perhaps not only the enterprises, the actors in the chain but also the local authorities are also expecting for the linkage and catalytic role of the Vietnam Seaculture Association.
By Nguyen Ba Thong
Translated by Dieu Tu
Nguyen Ba Thong Coordinator
Vietnam Marine Science and Technology Center (SSTC)
Vietnam Seaculture Association (VSA)
Bachelor in AquacultureMaster in International Fisheries Managemen