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December 24, 2013

Sri Lanka



In the 1980s and 1990s, shrimp farming in Sri Lanka was centered on the west coast around Puttalam Lagoon about 125 kilometers north of Colombo.  In the late 1990s, however, the shrimp whitespot virus pretty much wiped the industry out.  With the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009, however, interest in shrimp farming was renewed on the west coast of the country around Batticaloa and Trincomalee, two areas that have vast tidal lagoons suitable for shrimp farms.  Unfortunately, the roads to the processing centers and ports of Colombo are largely undeveloped, making it difficult get shrimp from one side of the country to the other for processing and export.


The Sri Lankan government is looking for donor countries to put up funds for expanding the shrimp farming on the east coast, and it looks like China (who else) amongst other countries has some interest.  China may also have other intentions because Sri Lanka is on a major seawater route connecting Eastern Asia with the Middle East and Europe.  China also knows that a navel base in Sri Lanka could give it a dominant position in the Indian Ocean.


Source: Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, December 24, 2013.

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