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December 19, 2013


Shrimp Imports, Hatchery Closings


Shrimp farmers in Thailand are worried about the Fishery Department’s plan to import shrimp from Indonesia and India to offset lower domestic production.  They have already sent a letter to the department asking it to limit the amount of shrimp imports, set at a maximum of 20,000 [tons? kilograms ?] a month.  The letter said that foreign shrimp should only be imported for three months, from January-March 2014, because domestic output is expected to improve in April.  It also said the government should check the foreign shrimp to make sure that it is not carrying new diseases into the country.


In the first 10 months of 2013, shrimp exports plummeted 38.4 percent in volume to 175,713 metric tons, and 28.89 percent in value to $1.7 billion because of production shortfalls.  The value of shrimp exports did not drop as much as the volume because prices zoomed up quickly in response to the shortfalls.  It is estimated that shrimp exports would reach 200,000 metric tons by the end of 2014.  The Thai Shrimp Association predicts that total shrimp production will expand by 20 percent to 300,000–320,000 tons in 2014.


About 50-70 shrimp hatcheries in Thailand have suspended operations because of the slow down in production caused by early mortality syndrome.


Source: The Nation.  Shrimp Exports on Road to Recovery.  Petchanet Pratruangkrai.  December 19, 2013.

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