Nile perch being processed. (Photo: Stock File/ GNU License)
Nile perch fillet exporters may be challenged this year when the US imposes a new farming bill that will restrict imports of pangasius. The performance of one species in the international market affects the other, as both fish are classified as “white meat.”
“In 2010 the US farming bill could change the situation dramatically for pangasius imports when it is released. This bill would identify pangasius as catfish and put it under the rather restrictive sanitary control of the US Department of Agriculture,” reads a market report for March by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) analysts.
The US greatly increased pangasius imports in the first 10 months of 2009 compared with the same period in 2008. Vietnam exported 34,500 tonnes of the fish there, 72 per cent more than during the sa...