‘Drastic’ drop in Indian shrimp seeding likely to have global impact by fall | Undercurrent News

20% drop is not that drastic and will not have global impact. India is not the only player and we have seen this all happen before out of other producer countries over past two decades…

…..not clear from headlines:

A. If a lower stocking density the target could be faster growth to bigger sizes on less feed and for better sales pricing. Still same biomass volume harvest just bigger shrimp.

B. If it is same stocking density but lower surface area seeded then same small sizes being chased. Small sizes are cheap currently but competition is there. If prices go up then farmers can always harvest early.

So while some people consider this will have a global impact unfortunately they are newly understanding how the global shrimp farming industry flexes…

https://www.undercurrentnews.com/2019/06/27/drastic-drop-in-indian-shrimp-seeding-likely-to-have-global-impact-by-fall/

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MPEDA India starts BT Monodon Shrimp

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/mpeda-begins-supply-of-black-tiger-shrimp-seeds-from-vallarpadam/article26306863.ece

Good to see that India has taken advice and has a BT seed program.

Now to see same with Indicus shrimp.

Why India went down vannamei route

I don’t have scientific proof for this but I was involved in setting up a frozen meal kit station in Kerala, India back in 2005.

Helped in things like selecting appropriate processing equipment for dicing local vegetables, NPD, even had a go at making one with the local paratha bread. Could not get the right spin on it though 🙂 

Frozen skillet meal kits based on shrimp were being made for US markets. 

Blanched and frozen shrimp, color soaked with beetroot dye of course and blanched for food safety quality assurance – which is more or less same as reason cannot buy raw crayfish tails out of China!  

Shrimp from local fisheries already big US salad shrimp business out of India. 

Of course back in the day and before my time shrimp out of India used to be canned. Just like pineapples.

Local shrimp in meal kit was later discarded for imported frozen vannamei as more a shrimp US markets are used to. Then push was made for local vannamei source – which meant India had to get into vannamei shrimp farming.

We used local vegetable all found in higher elevations inland. Diced and frozen.
Frozen sauces in cubes and pasta initially from Italy but moved to lower cost commodity pricing out of Argentina with fx advantages