Myanmar Looks to Boost Farmed Shrimp Production
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] February 14, 2018
Myanmar has potentially 120,000 hectares that could be suitable for shrimp farming, if the right types of assistance in developing infrastructure were put in place.
A Japanese funded report analyzing exports found that currently there is a shortage of shrimp for export due to the erosion of natural habitats and unsuccessful breeding technologies. Japan is the principal export market for Myanmar shrimp.
Furthermore, there is a lack of refrigeration capacity, and viruses have hit local shrimp production very hard.
Currently, around 65 percent of Myanmar’s fishery production is wild caught. Preliminary data from a 2013 survey conducted with support from Norway suggested that fish abundance in some Myanmar coastal areas could be as low as 10 percent of what it was 40 years ago.
Meanwhile, contributions from fish farms have also stagnated since Cyclone Nargis hit the country’s coast in 2008, destroying up to 75 percent of Myanmar livestock, and also due to virus outbreaks in fish and shrimp farms. ...
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