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May 7, 2015


Harvests Curtailed by Mortalities



Diseases—whitespot and white muscle disease—and high temperatures are limiting the harvest of shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) in Andhra Pradesh, the heart of the shrimp farming industry in India.  On May 4, 2015, farm-gate prices for whole, white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) were steady for 30, 40 and 50 count animals at $6.74, $5.49 and $4.70, respectively.  Prices on all sizes fell in April 2015.


In Tamil Nadu, India’s second-largest shrimp farming region after Andhra Pradesh, whitespot has “wiped out” some farms, according to Durai Balasubramanian, secretary of the Pattukottai Shrimp Farmers Association, which has 4,000 members.  “I believe the landing situation won’t improve until August; stocking has been delayed due to disease and price uncertainty, and there are lots of empty ponds.  I have visited farms that from around 35 days of stocking had experienced white muscle disease.  There are lots of farmers who don’t have a solution for white muscle disease, which is causing rapid mortality.”


By this time in 2014, Balasubramanian said 40 and 50 count shrimp were already being harvested, “But now there isn’t any material available.”


He also said: “It involves too much investment for P. vannamei, and India has too many small farmers engaged in the aqua sector, unlike corporations in other countries.  Another important point to mention is that a lot of investments flew to the aqua sector when prices were higher; now they all disappear once the price drops.”


Source: Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman (  Indian Shrimp Harvest Curtailed by Mortalities.  Neil Ramsden (  May 6, 2015.

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