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Aquaculturists in despair as shrimp exports dip

Amaravati: Aqua farmers in Andhra Pradesh are in misery as export of marine merchandise has virtually stalled. The ‘season’ that might usually deliver cheer to the aquaculturists has now pushed them into despair with no takers for his or her produce. Marine merchandise export is excessive from November via December, the place consumption rises round Christmas time.

This yr, nevertheless, there’s a droop within the worldwide markets, triggered amongst others by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Marine merchandise, significantly shrimp, from India have massive abroad markets within the USA, China and Europe however the monetary crunch brought on by the conflict has jeopardised the European market, shrimp exporters mentioned.

The tiny South American nation Ecuador has emerged as a serious competitor for Indian shrimp, thereby curbing the US market and inflicting the “greatest drawback” to aquaculturists right here. Ecuador is giving Indian aquaculturists a run for his or her cash by providing its produce for a lesser worth. “It’s producing shrimp in a bigger extent and providing it at a cheaper price, thus capturing the US market. That is hitting us onerous,” Indian marine merchandise exporters mentioned.

With the specter of Covid-19 ostensibly nonetheless looming on its territory, China has for the primary time imposed a number of restrictions on marine merchandise’ import from India, compounding the disaster. Vietnam can also be consuming into the Indian shrimp exports by doing value-addition and catering to the Chinese language market. “We primarily export uncooked shrimp with none value-addition and are, therefore, shedding the market,” P Ramachandra Raju, an exporter, famous.

Ramachandra Raju noticed that Indian shrimp was nonetheless in demand in Russia. “But, we’re unable to export to that nation as a result of our cash is already caught there. Russia has cash nevertheless it has no correct banking channels, so the funds are stalled,” Raju mentioned. AP, being the biggest exporter of marine merchandise from India, is the worst hit as a result of present disaster within the export market, aquaculturists identified.

The state authorities, too, endorsed this however the Kochi-based Marine Merchandise Export Improvement Authority (MPEDA) is seemingly but to answer the disaster. “The continuing disaster is a results of volatility within the worldwide markets. Our exports are hit primarily because the Chinese language market has been shut down. The Centre ought to take the difficulty up with China,” AP Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Minister S Appala Raju mentioned.

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