Grobest introduces sustainable shrimp farming model in Vietnam

The model is an open platform that brings together key stakeholders of the industry, from farmers to hatcheries and suppliers of equipment and services.

July 31, 2023

During the 2023 Shrimp Summit, Grobest Vietnam introduced the GROFARM model to the global shrimp community. With a success rate of over 80%, the model is a comprehensive solution for high-tech shrimp farming in increasingly challenging conditions. It is an open platform that brings together key stakeholders of the industry, from farmers to hatcheries and suppliers of equipment and services.

With the dedicated aim of helping shrimp Grow Stronger - Grow Faster - Grow Sustainably, Grobest Vietnam has effectively implemented the innovative GROFARM model in collaboration with Vietnamese partners and shrimp farmers nationwide. The GROFARM technology encompasses five crucial elements to ensure optimal results and enhance overall productivity.

Firstly, Grobest provides expert consultation services for designing and operating the farming system, upgrading customers' existing farms and ponds or assisting in the construction of new farms. Secondly, the GROFARM model emphasizes the importance of selecting top-quality postlarvae sources, considering the seasonal variations in each region and addressing the unique needs of individual farms. Thirdly, the GROFARM model brings an optimal feeding program with daily feeds and functional feeds as its core values, optimizing shrimp nutrition for enhanced immunity and growth. Fourthly, Mobile Lab service is one of the key highlights of the GROFARM model to on-site evaluate shrimp health and water quality, in order to promptly handle problems that may arise for farmers. Lastly, the GROFARM model focuses on reducing production costs per kilogram of shrimp and maximizing crop profitability.

“With these five key elements, the GROFARM model is able to generate a sustainable supply of clean shrimp with exceptional quality and reasonable prices, while minimizing negative impact on the environment. Since its introduction in 2021, Grobest's GROFARM mode has received positive feedback on its economic efficiencies and remarkable profits for more than 600 shrimp farms, with a success rate of up to 82.9% after three years of trial. The commercial shrimp produced through the GROFARM model also garner high praise from purchasing units, distributors, as well as export entities, both within the country and abroad,” the company said.

During the 2023 Shrimp Summit conference, Dr. Le Van Khoa, head of Technical Service of Grobest Vietnam, highlighted the model's value and benefits. “Through cost reduction in shrimp farming and enhancing the competitiveness of Vietnamese shrimp, even against major markets like Ecuador and India, GROFARM not only ensures sustainable livelihoods for Vietnamese shrimp farmers but also demonstrates Grobest's commitment to a sustainable supply of clean, high-quality shrimp and profitable returns for the industry. This is expected to position the Vietnamese shrimp industry to regain its former prominence in the international market.”

Grobest also organized an on-site farm visit for over 150 guests, including representatives from international processing plants, import-export companies, and purchasing houses. They had the opportunity to visit Minh Phu's Intensive Tank Farm, one of the partner farms of Grobest Vietnam, to gain a deeper understanding of the model.