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February 17, 2015


Industry Seeks Federal Support


During the week of February 9–13, 2015, Helder Barbalho, Brazil’s Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, met with the president of the Brazilian Association of Shrimp Farmers (ABCC), Itamar Rocha; businessman Carlos Bezerra; representatives from the Biomar hatchery and representatives of the state of Rio Grande do Norte to address public policies aimed at strengthening shrimp farming in Brazil.


Itamar Rocha, who expressed his confidence that the industry will greatly increase its productivity with the adoption of appropriate technologies, said,  “We have two priority demands.  One is the issue of environmental licenses, which is the responsibility of the states.  And the other is...funding.”  He also stressed the importance of technical assistance and marketing support.


According to Rocha, in 2014, Brazil’s shrimp production reached 90,000 metric tons and generated $704.7 million.  The industry has 2,400 producers, mostly small farms that produce for the domestic market, and needs support from the federal government to negotiate with other countries to eliminate duty barriers.


Ceara, the state with the most shrimp production, aims to double production over the next five years.  Rio Grande do Norte and other northeastern states have similar plans.


Source: FIS United States (  Leaders Seek Federal Support to Strengthen Shrimp Production.  February 17, 2015.

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