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February 15, 2016

India/Thailand

285 Shrimp Farms Encouraged To Get BAP Certification

 

Approximately 285 shrimp farms in India and Thailand will be encouraged to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certification as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance and Rubicon Resources in early February 2016.

 

The MoU is intended to accelerate and increase the availability of four-star BAP shrimp farming, which designates that a product originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill.

 

With guidance, training and support from GAA and Rubicon, 100 Indian farms and 185 Thai farms will enroll in GAA’s iBAP improvement program to make the enhancements necessary to apply for full-fledged BAP certification.  Gregg Small, Rubicon’s Vice President of Technical Services and Sustainability, said, “The structure of the iBAP program allows for a longer term of improvement while rewarding farmers for using best practices.  It also provides for oversight and training of the smallest family farms at a reasonable cost.  I expect this joint GAA-Rubicon initiative will attract more farms than our initial target for 2016.  It will offer certification to the largest segment of farms that, because of their small size, have not had access to major international markets.”

 

Small said, “I believe the iBAP program is the perfect solution for certifying new farms and formerly active farms in Thailand that ceased shrimp production due to the EMS crisis.  Farms in India are typically smaller, and those farms will benefit from the assistance provided by the program, especially farms that are part of a cooperative.”

 

Facilities that enroll in iBAP agree to a step-by-step, deadline-driven plan.  They can apply directly or through organizations acting on their behalf, such as a processor, supplier or buyer—like Rubicon.

 

Since its launch in early 2014, 82 facilities worldwide have enrolled in iBAP.  Of the 82 facilities, 35 applied for full-fledged BAP certification and 10 have received it.  Currently, there are 37 facilities enrolled in iBAP, representing nine countries (Brazil, China, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Thailand) and three species (shrimp, tilapia and trout) as well as aquaculture feed.

 

The Indian farms will apply for BAP certification as two groups of 50 farms, while the Thai farms will apply for BAP certification as four groups of 30 farms, with the remaining 65 farms treated as “integrated operating modules” [???].

 

The MoU also includes one hatchery and one feed mill in India.

 

Information: Rubincon Resouses (http://www.rubiconresources.com).

 

Source: The FishSite.  Indian, Thai Shrimp Farms Encouraged to Get BAP Certification.  February 15, 2016.

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