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Demand for Bangladeshi shrimp rises in international market
August 10, 2013, 04:38 PM
The demand for Bangladeshi shrimp in the international market is increasing as rival species ‘Vennami’ has been found virus infected in the producing countries.

Bangladesh’s ‘Black tiger’ is also popular for its good taste and that it is more expensive than rival ‘Vennami’, exporters said.

One kilogram of shrimp of 16-20 counts (16 to 20 pieces) is now selling at $ 6.00 to $ 6.20 in the international market, which is at least one dollar higher than the previous year’s price.  

‘We are sure about fetching nearly 600 million dollars this fiscal year as the demand for our shrimp has increased in importing countries,’ said Kazi Belayet Hossain, senior vice president of Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association, BFFEA.

He said ‘Vennamai’, the cheaper shrimp, took over Bangladeshi ‘Black tiger’ during global recession. Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and some other countries have introduced the species. For the last one year, ‘Vennamai’ production has drastically fell due to virus contamination, he said.

‘Buyers in western countries are coming back to us…and we are fighting to enhance production on our 2.75 lakh hectares of farmland,’ he said. Because of increase in demand, many farmers are going to switch their farming methods, from traditional to semi-intensive cultivation.

In traditional way, per hectare harvest comes around 250 to 300 kilograms where semi-intensive methods can produce 800 to 1,000 kilograms, according to M Khalilullah, vice president of BFEEA in Khulna region. 

He said production in Khulna could not be increased because of inferior shrimp fry quality.

‘Most of the mother shrimp collected from the Bay of Bengal is infected…causing baby shrimp not to grow properly,’ Khalilullah said, adding, hatcheries are also responsible for spreading infections.

He said the only challenge the shrimp exporters are now facing is inadequate production. Despite various constraints, exports of frozen shrimp have increased marginally from Khulna region, he said. 

 

‘We do not have quick solution to raise production but we want idle public lands (khas land) to bring under shrimp and prawn farming,’ said Belayet Hossain, the senior vice president of BFFEA in Dhaka
Despite a ban on Hilsha fish, Bangladesh exported some 58,000 metric tones of frozen fish in the last fiscal year, he said.

Source: (Seafood)
Nguyen Bich
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