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May 3, 2013

 

Thailand

Shrimp Farmers Ask for Government Aid

 

On May 3, 2013, after meeting with members of the Thai Frozen Food Association (TFFA), Thai Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom said TFFA requested financial aid and low-interest loans for shrimp farmers, especially those whose farms were heavily hit by viral diseases.

 

TFFA chairman Pote Aramwattananond said Thailand’s shrimp exports in the first quarter of 2013 dropped by 20-30 percent—$673 million to over $1 billion—due to the strong baht and the spread of the early mortality syndrome (EMS) virus on shrimp farms.

 

Thailand’s shrimp supply was slashed in half during the first quarter of 2013, with total supply from domestic shrimp farms reaching only 57,000 metric tons, a sharp drop from the average quarterly production of 100,000 tons.

 

Without assistance, the industry may produce less than 60,000 tons of shrimp in the second quarter of 2013.

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Thailand’s Shrimp Industry Seeks Government Aid as EMS, Delayed Stocking Cuts Q1 Supply 43%.  Ken Coons (kencoons@seafood.com).  May 3, 2013.

 

 

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