Better Management Practices for Striped (Tra) Catfish Farming in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

This document is Version 3.0 of “Better Management Practices for Catfish Aquaculture in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam”. It incorporates revisions of Version 2.0, which are based on feedback and the experiences from the 11 demonstration farms that volunteered to adopt the draft BMPs (Version 2.0), and the numerous consultations that the project team has had with these farmers and other stakeholders. It also incorporates revisions resulting from consideration at the National CatFish BMP Workshop, 23/24th November 2010, Long Xuyen City, An Giang Province, involving all stakeholders of the tra/striped catfish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) farming sector of the Lower Mekong Delta.

In practice, the BMPs are to be provided to farmers in ‘handbook format’ (summarised version of this document) with simple, Vietnamese translated language, together with standardised record keeping booklets for on-farm use. This ‘BMP package’ is effectively the primary dissemination material for farmers, and is designed to facilitate industry-wide adoption and implementation of BMPs in the catfish sector in Vietnam. This document (Version 3.0) is divided into the following parts:

  • Part A: General background to Better Management Practices (BMPs).
  • Part B: BMPs for Grow-out.
  • Part C: BMPs for Hatcheries.
  • Part D: BMPs for Nurseries (=fry to fingerling rearing).Part E: General Aspects in Relation to BMPs.
  • Part F: Way forward.



Publisher: Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific

Rights: Creative Commons Attribution.


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NACA publishes technical papers and manuals for a wide variety of farming systems and related environmental and social issues. Many of these provide guidance on better management practices with a view to improving crop outcomes and on-farm resource utilisation efficiency. By using inputs such as feed and power more efficiently, farmers can simultaneously improve their profitability and environmental performance.