Shrimp exports maintain growing trend
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Shrimp processing (Photo: ANDAH)HONDURASWednesday, November 08, 2017,01:00 (GMT + 9)The shrimp farming industry is

Shrimp processing. (Photo: ANDAH)


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Wednesday, November 08, 2017, 01:00 (GMT + 9)


The shrimp farming industry is going through a good time in Honduras, in terms of production and exports.

According to preliminary figures from the National Association of Aquaculturists of Honduras (ANDAH), up to October of this year 52 million pounds of shrimp had been exported, 29 per cent more than the volume exported in the first ten months of 2016.

This year's figures are better than those observed in recent years. According to ANDAH reports, in the first ten months of 2013, 41.3 million pounds were exported; in the same period of 2014, 47.3 million was sold abroad; in 2015 the exported volume fell to 37.4 million, and in 2016 it increased to 40.4 million.

The association attributes this growth of sales abroad to several factors, among which it mentions an improvement in productivity and weather conditions that have prevailed this year.

In the 2015-2016 period, the shortage of rains had a negative impact on the Honduran shrimp industry, causing high salinities in the Gulf of Fonseca. This situation slowed the development of the crustacean and favoured the spread of vibriosis that resulted in high mortalities, reported El Heraldo.

The outlook for the last two months of 2017 are encouraging, according to ANADAH President Víctor Wilson, who projects that between 10 and 15 million pounds could be exported in the last two months of this year.

These projections are based on an increase in productivity levels in the second cycle, and if they are met, this year could be closed with export figures similar to those of 2014 when 67.5 million pounds of shrimp were exported, or even more.

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