Proud small-scale Farmer

What is responsibility? How can you manage an ecologically and socially fair business? A shining example of this is the Seanamico Organic Shrimp Farm - a long-standing partner of the BINCA Group.

Organic shrimp farm in the mangrove forests of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam

The Seanamico Organic Shrimp Farm is a real pioneer project for ecological and social sustainability. The farm comprised of the Nhan Mien Cooperative, a group of 246 small-scale farmers that breed Black Tiger Prawns, White Shrimp, and Pink Shrimp in organic quality. All products are certified according to Naturland, EU Bio and Bio Suisse.

The Seanamico Organic Shrimp Farm is located in the Năm Căn region in the Cà Mau province. This region is surrounded on three sides by the sea, and the livelihood of the inhabitants in this farming region stems from mainly from fishing.

The farm is located in the mangrove forests of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam

Protection of the mangrove forests

The mangrove forests of the Mekong Delta, protect the coastal regions from flooding and erosion. Thus they ensure the livelihood of many people. As a result, sustainable shrimp farming plays an integral role in the protection the mangrove forests. 50% of each farm is covered with mangrove trees, which may only be harvested after 10 years. However, a 50% tree coverage must be maintained on the farms, and this is achieved through diligent reforestation. The shrimp grow naturally here, without supplementary feed. The natural high and low tides ensure regular water exchange on the farms.

Socially Fair Production

The BINCA Group supports its farmers during the organic certification process. This includes providing them with training and guidance, throughout the entire certification process, which BINCA pays for. The group also supports the farmers in compiling the often very complex studies such as P-STA and B-EAI. P-SIA, Participatory Social Impact Assessment, checks the extent to which the immediate vicinity of the farm can be affected by factors such as noise and waste water. B-EAI, Biodiversity inclusive Environmental Impact Assessment, monitors the effects of the farm upon the biodiversity of the ecosystem. In addition, farmers are trained in new aquaculture technologies.

BINCA buys the farmers’ entire production and through the profit, ensures that the farmers’ income and living standards are significantly improved. In rural areas, there is often a lack of sanitary installations and farm buildings. These are all made possible by BINCA’s financial support.