HONDURAS :The National Aquaculture Association of Honduras (ANDAH) expects that shrimp harvests will decrease between 15 per cent and 20 per cent this year, depending on the area where fish farms are located.
According to ANDAH executive director Ricardo Gomez, this year’s farmed shrimp production could reach about 90 million pounds, representing a decrease in volume of 18,000 pounds compared to that last year.
This forecast is based on the fact that in the south low rainfall, high salinity and high temperature conditions continue taking place, all factors that have a negative impact on shrimp farming, El Heraldo reported.
Meanwhile, according to a preliminary report by the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH), from January to May 11.4 million pounds of shrimp were exported, that is to say, 19.1 per cent less were exported compared to the first five months 2014 (14.1 million pounds).
Export revenues also decreased, changing from USD 56.2 million in the first five months of last year to USD 37.8 million in the same period this year, equivalent to a 32.8 per cent drop year on year.
According to the report of the BCH, the fall in domestic production is attributed to factors such as the lack of rain, the disease known as vibriosis and the fall in international prices (16.9 per cent during the analyzed period).
In 2014, Honduras exported 67.5 million pounds for USD 243.6 million, the highest value reached so far by the sector. The average price of exported products was USD 7.9 per kilogram.
According to Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock, Jacobo Paz, the government will ask ANDAH to perform a new review of production data, to get a more accurate figure.
The main companies involved in shrimp farming and export have reassessed their production strategies because of the delay in their shrimp harvest due to salinity high levels in the Gulf of Fonseca
In this difficult context, the national aquaculture industry welcomed the news that the Government of Mexico will not restrict access of fresh and frozen Honduran shrimp to the market in that country despite the claims of Mexican producers.FIS