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August 5, 2014

China

Importing Shrimp Because of Diseases on Farms

 

In South China, before the two major typhoons hit, processing plants had already begun sourcing shrimp from Vietnam and Indonesia because of the high incidence of disease on local farms.

 

In early July 2014, the rate of shrimp disease was high in some production areas because of the continually heavy rainfall during the monsoon season.

 

The flood of small sick shrimps into the market has pushed down prices, so most farmers are selling directly to local markets rather than to processing plants.

 

In the production areas of South China, a great number of shrimp have suffered from EMS (early mortality syndrome) because of the high temperatures in early July.

 

Along the central coast of China, there has been constant rainfall since June 17 when farmers began stocking their ponds, leading to “red body disease”.

 

Although processing plants in the South China are operating, only a few are operating along the central coast.  Most processing plants in China import shrimp from abroad.

 

According to some insiders, shrimp prices have hit bottom and are likely to rebound.  But there may be little improvement in local shrimp prices over the next few weeks because there are no holidays coming up, which usually cause prices to rise, and because processors prefer to use foreign shrimp, not locally produced shrimp.

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  China Shrimp Processing Plants Turning to Overseas Sourcing as South China Farms Hit with Disease.  Translation by Amy Zhong.  August 4, 2014.

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