Mekong Delta craft villages busy in peak season
HCM CITY — Local people in craft villages that make fishing nets and other tools are now busy serving the needs of fishermen during the annual flooding season.
At Myõ Hoøa Village in An Giang Province’s Long Xuyeân City, about 600 fish hook makers of more than 100 household producers are now entering their peak season.
Buøi Taán Thaønh, owner of Trí Thaønh enterprise, which makes fish hooks in the city, said the village makes about 10 types of fish hooks in 30 sizes.
“The establishments operate all year, but some of them only work for six months because of the flooding season,” he said.
In Ñoàng Thaùp Province, the peak season has also arrived bamboo crab trap makers in Hoàng Ngöï Town’s Bình Thaïnh Commune.
Phaïm Ngoïc Thuùy, a local bamboo crab traps maker, said that most products were sold in the seventh lunar month each year.
“Households can produce all year and store their products for high demand in the peak season,” she said.
During the flooding season, each household makes at least 500 bamboo traps, and some produce up to 3,000.
Each bamboo crab trap sells for VNÑ25,000 ($1.07), with a profit of VNÑ12,000 ($0.5).
One household can earn a profit of about VNÑ20 million ($856) each season.
Meanwhile, two villages that make fishing nets in Long Höng B Commune’s Laáp Voø District and Long Haäu Commune’s Lai Vung District are operating at full capacity.
The two villages have a long tradition of providing a large number of products to sell locally and to neighbouring countries such as Laos and Cambodia.
Establishments in the villages produce year round but the peak season for orders occurs during the flooding season from the seventh to eighth lunar month each year, with demand increasing by about 20 per cent over other months.
They offer diverse products of various sizes popular with fishermen.
Ñaëng Thò Mô, owner of the Phuùc Loäc fishing net workshop in Long Haäu Commune, employs 20 fishing net makers at her facility and another 30 home-based makers.
Her establishment produces 200 to 300 fishing nets a day that sell for VNÑ60,000-200,000 (US$2.5 -8.5) each, depending on the type and size.
Due to rising costs of labour and raw materials, the price of fishing nets has risen by VNÑ10,000 ($0.4) and VNÑ20,000 ($0.8) each this year, against the same period last year, according to Mô.
At a craft village that has made boats for a century, located across from the Baø Ñaøi Canal in Lai Vung District, boat makers are busy with a high number of orders this year.
The village is famous for its small fishing boats of different sizes and shapes, but also for largetonnage ships to sell to locals and the provinces Long An, An Giang, Traø Vinh and Caø Mau.
Nguyeãn Vaên Thi, a boat maker in the district’s Long Haäu Commune, said the peak season for production is from the beginning of the fourth lunar month to the middle of the tenth lunar month each year.
“I don’t have enough products to meet the high demand right now,” he said.
This year, a boat sells for VNÑ700,000-1.3 million ($30-55), an increase of VNÑ200,000300,000 ($8.5-13) compared to the same period last year, with a profit of VNÑ80,000-120,000 ($3.4-5.1) each.
Nguyeãn Höõu Nghóa, vice chairman of the Lai Vung District People’s Committee, said the villages that make fishing boats and nets are the most famous of the six traditional handicraft villages in the province.
“However, most of them are household-based production and small, and do not use technology, which results in low productivity and low income,” he said.
In the coming time, the district plans to train the labour force, develop tourism products associated with handicraft villages, and mechanise production. It will also promote handicraft products at expos and fairs, according to Nghóa. — VNS
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Workers make bamboo crab traps in Ñoàng Thaùp Province’s Hoàng Ngöï Town ahead of the peak season in the Mekong Delta. — VNS Photo