Mekong Delta craft vil­lages busy in peak sea­son

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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

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