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July 15, 2015


Rio Grande do Norte—Decline in the Production of Farmed Shrimp


Farmed shrimp production in the state of Rio Grande do Norte has fallen 55 percent over the last ten years because of viral diseases, natural disasters and the bureaucratic problems in obtaining environmental licenses for farms.


The Brazilian Association of Shrimp Breeders (ABCC) reported that at the beginning of 2000 Rio Grande do Norte was the national leader in the production of farmed shrimp.  In 2003, it produced 37,400 metric tons of shrimp, but in 2013, it only produced 16,900 tons.  In 2004, it exported 21,100 tons, worth $83 million, to the United States, Europe and some Asian countries, but in 2012, no shrimp were exported to the USA and Europe.


According to statistics from ABCC, while the production of farmed shrimp decreased in Rio Grande do Norte, it increased in the neighboring state of Ceará.  Over the last decade, Ceará has increased production from 25,915 tons to 33,949 tons a year, an increase of  31 percent.


Itamar Rocha, president of (ABCC), said the main reason for the decline of Rio GrandNortee do Norte’s shrimp production is “lack of support”.  “There is business interest, but there is no support.  ...The state of Rio Grande do Norte has potential, but it does not transform it into an opportunity.”  He also said that shrimp farmers have faced more difficulties in getting bank loans to expand their facilities.  However, Vansueldo Fernandes, business executive manager of the Banco del Nordeste said that its financing of the shrimp industry is continuing in a normal fashion.  “We have projects approved and other pending procedures this year in Rio Grande do Norte,” he said.


Source: FIS United States.  Sharp Decline of Shrimp Industry in Rio Grande Do Norte.  Analia Murias (  July 14, 2015.

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