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March 23, 2016


New Government Support


On March 22, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) created a new agribusiness committee to address issues related to shrimp farming and shrimp marketing.  According to the National Secretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Marlon Cambraia, one of the objectives of this new committee, which has members from the government and the private sector, is to propose public policies to improve the competitiveness of the shrimp farming industry and promote its expansion in domestic and foreign markets.  It will also address issues like disease, environmental licenses, credit, research and technological development.


Currently, shrimp farmers produces about 76,000 metric tons of shrimp a year, a number that could increase in the coming years because Brazil has a million hectares suitable for shrimp farming, according to Itamar Rocha, the president of the Brazilian Association of Shrimp Breeders.


The shrimp farming industry generates about 50,000 direct and indirect jobs in Brazil.


Source: FIS United States (  New Sector Chamber to Promote Competitiveness in Shrimp Sector.  March 22, 2016.


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