Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2023. 9:01 am CST.
Photo Credit: Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE)
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “The shrimp industry is on the verge of a rebound,” said Jose Abelardo Mai, Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise during the House of Representatives Debate on Thursday.
“In 2022 production rose to 1.9 million lbs. and with new investments, the use of superior and resistant genetics, and the application of intensive technology, production is projected to reach 3.2 million lbs. in 2023 especially as exports to Mexico resume,” Mai told the House.
“Seven shrimp farms are still in operation and three processing plants remain operational,” he said, explaining that a Shrimp Industry Task Force which comprises key stakeholders in the industry has been appointed.
The Task Force should make concrete recommendations and present industry targets to Cabinet by the end of April 2023.
According to Mai, after peak production of 16 million lbs. in 2014, the shrimp industry was wiped out by the Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS), a bacterial disease that affects shrimp. Production fell under 1.5 million lbs. during the period 2016-2020 reaching its lowest level of 1.1 million lbs. in 2021.
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