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Better management practices and their outcomes in shrimp farming: evidence from small-scale shrimp farmers in Southern Vietnam

Aya Suzuki and Vu Nam ()

No 643, IDE Discussion Papers from Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)

Abstract: Despite the growth of aquaculture exports from developing countries in recent years, a high percentage of these products are rejected at developed countries' ports because of non-compliance with international standards. This paper presents a case study of the shrimp aquaculture sector in Vietnam to examine the factors behind the persistence of such port rejections. In particular, we focus on why the so-called Better Management Practices (BMPs) are not appropriately adopted by many farmers and examine whether the number and types of information sources matter in farmers' decisions on BMP adoption and whether BMP adoption actually leads to better performances. On the basis of our estimation using primary data collected in Southern Vietnam, we find that information sources and training experiences indeed matter in the adoption of a higher number of BMPs and that BMP adoption indeed reduces the possibility of disease outbreaks. These results prove the effectiveness of BMPs and suggest the importance of disseminating knowledge regarding them to farmers through experts.

Keywords: Aquaculture; Production management; Quality control; International trade; Vietnam; Port rejection; Better Management Practices (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F63 L15 O13 O19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-03
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