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January 31, 2014

Thailand

Cold Spell Exaggerated

 

Recent reports about the cold weather in Thailand affecting shrimp production may have been exaggerated.

 

Reports from the major production areas are that shrimp pond temperatures are in the normal range considered good for shrimp production.

 

The cold weather was not unprecedented; rather it was a change from the last two years when the winters were quite warm.

 

Due to differing EMS strategies, some farmers are delaying plantings, but others are charging ahead, particularly the larger, well-managed farms, which are planting heavily, at a rate above that of last year.

 

In short, while EMS definitely remains a problem in Thailand, the country is on track for an expected increase in shrimp production in 2014, and this has been recognized by financial analysts who see improvement among the major shrimp producers.

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Thai Shrimp Ponds in Normal Range, Despite Cold Snap.  John Sackton.  January 30, 2014.

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