Shrimp processing. (Photo Credit: VASEP)
Vietnam’s shrimp export growing trend continues
Monday, March 17, 2014, 02:50 (GMT + 9)
The rising trend in whiteleg shrimp exports recorded in 2013, making up 50.7 per cent of total shrimp exports and surpassing those of black tiger shrimp sales, continued in the first month of this year.
According to Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), in January 2014, the country’s shrimp exports amounted to USD 258.6 million, including whiteleg shrimp sales (61 percent of total shrimp exports) and black tiger shrimp sales (31.18 percent).
VASEP informed that this rise in whiteleg shrimp demand in 2013 was due to the fact that global shrimp production was affected by early mortality syndrome (EMS) outbreaks in two largest shrimp producers -- Thailand and China -- whereas this issue was under control on farmed shrimp in Vietnam.
At the end of 2013, many Mekong Delta provinces stocked shrimp, mainly whiteleg for third crop of the year and in the first shrimp crop in 2014, many households shifted to farm whiteleg shrimp instead of farming black tiger shrimp.
State-run Radio Voice of Vietnam informed that in these provinces farmers are applying non-chemical breeding techniques to ensure the best quality of aquatic products and there plans to upgrade irrigation networks, focusing on waste treatment and increasing the supply of clean water.
The US is the leading importer of Vietnam shrimp and in January 2014, shrimp sales to that country made up 33.6 per cent of total shrimp exports while in the same month of 2013, the proportion of exported shrimp to the market had only been 22.2 per cent.
In the same month of 2014, shrimp exports to other major markets also reported a sharp surge: exports to Japan and EU up 64.3 per cent, exports to South Korea up 143.5 per cent, to Australia up 96 per cent; however, shrimp exports to China downed 37.7 per cent.
Mekong Delta provinces expect to export shrimp for USD 2.55 billion this year, a figure that represents an increase amounting to 50 million compared to 2013.