The revival of large-scale agricultural production units, as already existed once before in the colonial period, seems to be a new trend in the Mekong Delta. In 2007, the number of farms in Can Tho was 309, of which 156 were operating in the fish farming sector. This indicates the importance of fishery as a new economic sector and a clear trend toward professionalization of fish farming centered, mainly, on catfish production.
Figure 1: Can Tho City – Number of farms, 2007. Scale: 1:110.000
GIS: Reference coordination system: Projection UTM 48 N; Datum WGS 84
It illustrates the number of farms at the district level withing Can Tho City
The most important map attributes such as class values and reference scale are tabulated in the map frame.
Basically speaking, larger farms are situated in more rural districts like Vinh Thanh, Thot Not or Co Do, as these districts still very much rely on agriculture.
Except for Co Do district, where large-farms like the Song Hau State Farm or the Co Do State Farm focus primarily on mono-cultural rice production, the majority of farms is operating in the field of fish farming, mainly catfish production for processing and export companies in Can Tho. In the case of Co Do, it must be added that even though it has the largest output of farmed fish in terms of quantity, fish farming is predominantly done by small and medium-sized household-based farms as an additional income source aside from paddy cultivation.