Aquaculture International

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 15–29 | Cite as

Economic contribution of fish culture to farm income in Southeast Vietnam

  • Nguyen Minh Duc


Rural aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms with extensive and semi-intensive husbandry practised by small-scale rural households for their consumption and income. From a field survey in Southeast Vietnam, using enterprise budget analysis and nonparametric tests with indices of change, adoption, and agreement, this study justifies that rural aquaculture is a good option for rural development, making an important contribution to farm income with a high adoption rate among poor farmers. Fish farmers have gained an increased level of satisfaction by means of fish culture production growth along with corresponding economic gains. This enterprise continues to play an increasing important role in their livelihoods and has potential to develop further in the area.


Rural aquaculture Fish Income Satisfaction Nonparametric tests 



Agreement index


Adoption index


Asian Institute of Technology


Aqua Outreach Program


Change index


Vietnamese dong


University of Agriculture and Forestry (recently Nong Lam University)


United States dollar



The author would like to thank Drs. Harvey Demaine and Amararatne Yakupitiyage (AIT, Thailand) for their valuable comments and Mr. Dennis Donegan (Auburn University, AL, USA) for his critiques of the previous version of this paper. The survey in this study was previously sponsored by Danida (Denmark). The author also appreciates Mr. Nguyen Van Tu, Mr. Tran Quang Chinh, Mr. Phung Tan Hai, Ms. Nguyen Thi Bach Mai, and Ms. Vo Thi Thanh Binh of Nong Lam University (Vietnam) for their assistance in data collection. Comments from two reviewers were very useful to improve this paper. However, responsibility for the final content rests strictly with the author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of FisheriesNong Lam UniversityThuduc, Hochiminh CityVietnam

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