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February 18, 2014

Mexico

Ten Million for Shrimp Farmers

 

Mexico’s federal government has reached an agreement with the northwestern states of Sonora, Sinaloa and Nayarit, the three main shrimp producing states in Mexico, to inject about $10.6 million in cash into the shrimp farming industry to help farmers buy seedstock and to get the new season off to a good start.

 

Sonora’s aquaculture health committee president Reyes Eugenio Molina said: “In addition to these resources, Sonora will receive $3.6 million from the national service of food safety and quality to support aquaculture businesses to alleviate the precarious situation the Sonoran shrimp farming sector suffered through after three consecutive years of sanitary problems caused by various pathogens that have caused a massive loss of jobs and substantial economic damage.”

 

According to official data, Sonoran shrimp farmers will bring 18,000 hectares of ponds into production at the beginning of the season, “which represents a real effort of our aquaculture producers given the difficult situation faced during last few years”, Molina added.

 

The governor of Sonora disclosed that a meeting with federal officers will be held during the third week of February 2014 to design a recovery plan for the 23,000 hectares shrimp ponds in Sonora that were affected last year.

 

Source: Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman (undercurrent@undercurrentnews.com).  Mexico Readies $10.6m Aid to Shrimp Farmers.  February 18, 2014.

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