Bui Andphilippe


Bui and Philippe

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 4 (8), pp. 378-383, September 2014.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 082514334

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2014.8.082514334

Cost Monitoring for Clam Raising Farmers in the Northern Area of Vietnam


Bui Thi Nga1*, Philippe Lebailly2 

1Department of Business Management,
Faculty of Accounting and Business Management, Vietnam National University of
Agriculture, Trau Quy, Gia Lam, Hanoi, Vietnam +84.

2Department of Economics and
Rural Development, Gembloux AgroBio Tech, University of Liege, Passage des
Deportes 2, B-5030 Gembloux, Belgium + 32.

*Corresponding Author’s Email: btnga @vnua. edu.vn .com/ hieu0306 @gmail .com,
Tel: +84 (0) 91 88 39 181


farming in the coastal provinces of Vietnam has notably developed since the
last decade. It generated high income, improve socio-economic development for
many local communities. However, many clam raising farms were facing
difficulties of farm management, disease control, markets and systems of
quality control. This research aimed to study about the real situation of cost
monitoring in the clam raising farms in the Northern area of Vietnam and
suggested some recommendation to promote the benefits for farmers. The paper is
based on the semi-structure, standard questionnaires and PRA method to collect
data from112 clam raising farms in two coastal provinces (Nam Dinh and Thai
Binh) in the Northern area of Vietnam in 2014. The findings showed that clam
raising provided farmers a chance of getting high income parallel with high
risk. There were 32.14% surveyed farms that got profit; 32.14% of them met the
break-even, and 35.72% was lost. The study has found out four key factors
affecting farms’ economic performance and efficiency. The first factor that impacted
on the farms’ outcome was the low capacity of farm cost control, thus the cost
for clam raising was very high at 8,142 to 9,190 USD per ha. The second was the
farmers’ experience, skill, technique and ability to control risk. The third was
the low, unstable market and unsuitable market. Final factor was the area and
location of clam raising. Despite these difficulties, 57.14% surveyed farms
still intended to expand their production; 25% of them would continue; and only
17.86% would stop or changed to other activities. In order to promote the benefits
for clam raising farmers, cost control should be paid more attention, improvement
of the farmers’ capacity to control cost was necessary, and market should be regarded.

Keywords: clam farming, cost
monitoring, farm performance.


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