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September 18, 2015

Myanmar

Shrimp Ponds Flooded

 

In the state of Rakhine, recent floods destroyed 10,346 acres of shrimp farms owned by 506 farmers.

 

Officials and farmers say renovation and rehabilitation will be difficult and will take a long time.

 

U Aung Thu, a shrimp farmer, said, “Shrimp farms [in Minpya Township] took the biggest hit.  Most of the shrimp farms were destroyed, so shrimp production will be quite low this year.  ...“It’s really difficult to even sell to local consumers after the flooding.  Now we need to take our time and also the government should provide the shrimp farms some assistance.”

 

“Minpya’s shrimp farms were already seeing decreasing production in this fiscal year.  The production will now drop more.  We will try to make the banks surrounding the shrimp farms higher to prevent future flooding,” said Dr. Kyaw Htun Myint from the shrimp farmers’ association.

 

The total damage caused by the floods was estimated at $31 million, according to the government.

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Severe Flooding Has Devastated Thousands of Acres of Myanmar’s Shrimp Farms This Year.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email michaelramsingh@seafood.com).  September 15, 2015.

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