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August 19, 2013


Revving Up Shrimp Farming


The Philippine Department of Agriculture is implementing a plan to increase shrimp exports in six months because the price of shrimp is high and because shrimp farming in neighboring countries is suffering from early mortality syndrome.


Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, said, “We will conduct a crash program because we want to take advantage of global demand, especially now that the shrimp industry in our neighboring countries has been afflicted by disease.  We can take advantage of this because we have plenty of broodstock for breeding.”  Alcala asked Asis Perez, director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), to complete the plan in two to three weeks so it can be implemented quickly.  “In six months...we can start because shrimp can be raised in only three months,” said Alcala.


In April, BFAR suspended all imports of live shrimp to protect the Philippine industry from early mortality syndrome or EMS, a disease that is devastating shrimp populations in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and China.


In 2012, Philippine production of giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) reached 48,196 metric tons valued at $43.2 million, up from 47,494 tons valued at $42.3 million in 2011.


Source: GMA News Online.  PHL Bent on Exporting Shrimp in Next 6 Months.  August 19, 2013.


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