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May 15, 2013



Exported over $100 Million of Farmed Shrimp in 2012


Six cooperative shrimp farms, located on the Estero Real in northwest Nicaragua, have increased production by 175 percent, thanks to a project sponsored by USA Agency for International Development (USAID).  According to Wendell García, the coordinator of technical assistance for the USAID Empresas y Empleo Program, production has jumped from 400 kilograms of shrimp per hectare to an average of 1,100 kilograms per hectare since the beginning of the program in 2011.  Most of Nicaragus’s production is exported to the European Union and the United States, but some exports also go to Egypt, China, Russia and Puerto Rico.


Servicios y Contrataciones SA (Serviconsa) administered the $4 million program, which included the construction of a $30,000 disease-control laboratory, improvements to the infrastructure and technical assistance.  Sixty families with 450 hectares of ponds benefitted from the program.


In 2012, Nicaragua’s exports of farmed shrimp amounted to $106.3 million.


Source: FIS United States.  Shrimp Production Improves.  Analia Murias (  May 15, 2013.


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