(VOV) - The Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has agreed to support Vietnam in implementing a one-year US$500,000 project to control the spread of an unidentified disease in shrimp, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
The MARD said that the funding will be used to recruit both local and international experts, assist affected farmers to buy new species and sponsor the purchase of lab equipment and experiments to discover the reason for the disease.
The FAO will also help improve bio-security in shrimp breeding, draft guidelines to cope with a possible epidemic and devise an appropriate animal health strategy for the seafood sector.
The unidentified shrimp disease has become serious, especially in southern provinces. It is estimated that more than 30,000 households are suffering losses as a result. Although the MARD has taken some measures to contain the disease, it does not show signs of waning.
Currently, the MARD is asking the Ministry of Planning and Investment to consider the project and submit it to the Prime Minister for approval.