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April 13, 2016


Hot Weather Cripples Shrimp Production


As a result of diseases associated with hot weather, Honduran shrimp farmers are witnessing a drop in production.


A similar situation occurred in 2015, and shrimp exports dropped 24 percent, costing the industry around $90 million.


In 2014, according the Central Bank of Honduras, shrimp farmers exported 67.2 million pounds of shrimp worth $243.6 million.


Despite concerns about the weather, Javier Amador, the executive director of the National Aquaculture Association of Honduras (ANDAH), forecast that in 2016 Honduras would export about 50 million pounds of shrimp worth about $150 million.  He said the industry has scheduled fairs in Hong Kong and China to promote Honduran shrimp and raise its price.


Armador said Honduras would use between 14,000 and 16,000 hectares for shrimp production in 2016, making it the largest producer in Central America.


Source: FIS United States (  Shrimp Farmers Worry About Production Fall in Southern Zone.  April 12, 2016.


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