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August 3, 2013

China

New Prawn Farming Developments at Sino Agro Food

 

Sino Agro Food, Inc., an integrated, diversified agriculture technology and organic food company in the People's Republic of China, focuses on developing, producing and distributing high-margin, high-quality agricultural products.  It intends to meet the increasing demand of China's rising middle class for gourmet food items.  Current lines of business include aquaculture, livestock farming, plantation farming and farm services.

 

Its Enping A Power Prawn Culture Co, Ltd., the first indoor prawn farm in Asia, began operations this year.  The facility farms Western white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) and freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii), called “LawZi” or “Green Prawns” in China.  Juvenile prawns are nurtured in baskets for three to four days before being moved to large tanks.  One challenge with prawns is that they tend to be territorial and cannibalistic.  To prevent cannibalism, the company has devised a system of dividers (pictured below) to reduce cannibalism and increase the carrying capacity their tanks, which hold 700,000 prawns.  The company markets its prawns when they reach the size of 80 per kilo, which allows at least six cycles per year.  Advanced recirculating aquaculture systems keep the water clean and clear, producing healthy, tasty prawns.

 

Source: Sino Agro Food’s WebpageAsia’s First Indoor Prawn Farm.  August 1, 2013.

 

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