Vietnamese shrimp farms apply AI technology in production

As one of the leading shrimp raisers in Vietnam, where seafood products are a key export, Viet-Uc Group and AquaEasy have announced an official commercial partnership, applying AI technology in local shrimp ponds.
Shrimp raising in Viet-Uc Group. The group announces an official commercial partnership with AquaEasy, applying AI technology in local shrimp ponds. (Photo courtesy of Viet-Uc Group)
Shrimp raising in Viet-Uc Group. The group announced an official commercial partnership with AquaEasy, applying AI technology in local shrimp ponds. (Photo courtesy of Viet-Uc Group)

Under the partnership, the firm will deploy AquaEasy's AI systems, i-feeders and ShrimpTalk in over 1,000 shrimp ponds. They said the partnership could be a "role model for the shrimp farmers in Vietnam applying smart solutions to increase productivity, profitability, and sustainability of the shrimp farming industry."

According to agriculture experts, thousands of small family-run farms dominate the Vietnamese shrimp industry.

AquaEasy's representative said: "It's often a challenge for these farmers to demonstrate environmental sustainability through eco-certification or rating programmes because the current tools used to collect data, assess farm sustainability, and identify areas for improvement are often not well suited for small farms."

Deputy managing director of Viet-Uc Group, Nguyen Cong Can, said: "The partnership with AquaEasy is a commitment from Viet-Uc Group to help shrimp farmers in Vietnam by applying new technologies. It helps shrimp farmers save more time and make more money with less risk. The use of technology is critical to success in shrimp farming," said Vo Hoang Vu from AquaEasy.

Vũ said as a spin-out from Bosch's innovation hub growth, AquaEasy aimed to reduce manual labour and eliminate subjective assessments while improving yield, productivity and environmental sustainability.

The start-up's systems provide accurate, real-time data with alerts and recommendations displayed through a mobile app. Its technology is currently commercially deployed in Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam, and, according to the company, it increases shrimp farmers' productivity by 30%.

Earlier, mobile digital technology was launched at Vietnam Shrimp Forum, aiming to solve the limitations of existing platforms in the Vietnamese shrimp market, helping businesses and associations develop the shrimp industry effectively.

Tran Dinh Luan, director general of the Directorate of Fisheries, told local media although the shrimp industry has developed rapidly, it still faced many difficulties and challenges. The farming environment has fluctuated, shrimp production costs are still high and precarious, and the linkage and cooperation between actors in the shrimp value chain are still fragmented and ineffective, negatively affecting product quality and traceability while reducing the competitiveness of Vietnamese shrimp internationally.

Local experts suggested the application should add a comment section and give more information about input materials so that the parties in the shrimp chain can cooperate toward the sustainable development of the industry.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), local shrimp export turnover reached 2.3 billion USD in the first half, an increase of 31% over the same period last year.

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(Source: VNA)