Like many other agricultural communities, the main income of the people of Soc Son district comes from growing rice, fruit trees and other crops, as well as raising pigs and chickens on the side… which provide low economic efficiency. In 2010, when many people were doubtful of the economic effeciency raising commercial Thai frogs, Mr. Thanh (Soc Son district) saw it as a good entrepreneurial opportunity.
Young and ambitious, full of dreams and enthusiasm, Mr. Thanh eagerly started his journey of becoming a commercial frog meat farmer. He traveled to Ha Tinh numerous times to learn from the frog breeding experience of Ly Thanh Sac company, which was quite famous at that time. In addition, he also tinkered with the characteristics of the breed; learnt technical care; evaluated and selected appropriate feed… and especially strive to understand the consumption demand of Hanoi market.
Persevering in building a larger and more professional farm over time, up to now the young owner’s frog farm is scientifically and efficiently planned. He chose the method of raising frogs in ramps because it is easy to clean, effective in disease and predator prevention. On an area of 1.5 hectares, he arranged 1 area for raising frog parents to produce offspring and 2 areas specializing in frogs for meat with 50 frogs, in 3×4 m2 sized barns.
For hatchery activities, he said, to raise frogs from tadpole stage until the date of sale take about 30-40 days (weighing from 100-200 frogs/kg), the average selling price of each frog is 1,200 dong depending on the market. With 2,000 pairs of well-cared-for parent frogs, Mr. Thanh’s farm is a reliable place to supply approximately 100,000 frogs to breeders around the region and neighboring provinces.
In Northern Vietnam, frogs can only be raised from the month of April to September, as winter and spring seasons are not suitable for frog breeding. Therefore, besides raising commercial frogs, he also has a 7-hectare farm where he raises a variety of fish such as tilapia, trout, carp, etc. to make the most of the multi-layer water surface area. Every year, he harvests approximately 30 tons of fish and earns a good profit.
Starting a business from the early days with much difficulties, especially lack of technical knowledge, therefore Mr. Thanh is always willing to share his accumulated experience with fellow farmers near and far. Thanks to that, many people who bought his breed actively invested in the farm and saw positive results.
In 2018, the profit he earned from the frog farming model reached nearly 600 million VND. Mr. Thanh said: “Thai frogs are not difficult to raise, with appropriate attention paid to hygiene, proper nutrition and good disease prevention, the farm will succeed. In addition, the local natural conditions are suitable for the development of this model, and the market demand is quite stable, which is also one of the factors that facilitate product output. This is a model that can be replicated to improve income for people in the region.”