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Nov 13, 2015

Aquaculture Industry Loses Millions Due to Shrimp Disease

There is a huge development in the shrimp industry, and amazingly it’s gone completely under the radar. Because of a widespread viral infection, the industry has lost tens of millions in the past weeks, and all farms countrywide have had to take steps to start all over again from scratch. The infection was transmitted by birds that harbour around the shrimp farms.  That has resulted in extensive layoffs, though we’ve been unable to get exact figures at this time. Today, for the first time, C.E.O. in the Ministry of Agriculture Jose Alpuche spoke on the situation.

 

Jose Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Agriculture

“There is a viral infection in the industry. It’s been affecting the industry for a few months now. All farms have had to dry out, basically stop production to clean out and then restart. The industry is taking a little bit of a difficult…let me say they’re taking the hard way around it but it’s the best way to restock with new genetic material, and that’s the wisest decision that they could have taken. It’s taking a little time. Originally they thought that they would be able to restock by early next year, but it appears that we will have a few months delay in that industry.”

 

Jose Alpuche

Reporter

“But in terms of jobs…during these months people have had to be out of jobs. How many?”

 

Jose Alpuche

“I don’t know the exact numbers, but indeed the farms have had to release labourers that they would have when in full production because they’re not in full production. But as far as I understand all the technical people, all the management have actually been kept on while they’re in this process of restocking.”

 

Reporter

“Can you give us a preliminary indication of losses, because there must be significant losses?”

 

Jose Alpuche

“We’re not done an update but the initial update would have been somewhere in the region of twenty-two million dollars, and we expect that figure to go up.”

 

We’ll have much more on this very significant situation next week.

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