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November 20, 2015


Flooding and EHP Limit Production


In November 2015, heavy rains in the main shrimp-producing regions of India, coupled with disease, limited production of farmed shrimp.


An upward trend in pricing, which was evident through September and October 2015, appears to have eased somewhat, with prices in November remaining stable.


Durai Balasubramanian, secretary of the Pattukottai Shrimp Farmers Association, which has 4,000 members in the state of Tamil Nadu, said, “Indian production is really struggling with EHP [Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei] and white feces.  I’m hearing reports from Nellore [a city in the state of Andhra Pradesh], that floods are causing damage to shrimp farms.  I hope prices will be up another 20–30% in coming months.”  Balasubramanian said that some farms the Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu had been washed away in flooding so severe that it disrupted city life and even killed some people in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu.  “This is the normal rainy season, but last week rain has been excessive in some places, and has caused floods due to overflowing of lakes.  Now the rain has stopped.  Hopefully everything will be better in coming days.”  While flood damage was not widespread, the cold season and EHP...are causing very limited growth, he said.


Some farmers are harvesting early—at 8 grams—and most are reporting reduced survival rates due to white feces, a disease that generally does not appear during the winter months.


Source: Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman (  Flooding, EHP Limit Indian Shrimp Harvest as Vietnam Demand Soars.  Neil Ramsden (  November 18, 2015.

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