Growing fears of Mexican blockade to Honduran shrimp
Friday, July 31, 2015, 03:20 (GMT + 9)
Farmed shrimp producers from several Mexican states are exercising further pressure on the Government of Mexico to block the entry of Honduran shrimp into their country, the head of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), Jacobo Paz, informed.
However, the minister clarified that "so far no official notification of Honduran shrimp import closure has been received by the Mexican authorities."
Paz explained that Mexican claims are based on the argument that the shrimp farmed in Choluteca and Valle is affected by early mortality syndrome (EMS).
However, he ensured the presence of the disease has not been evidenced in the country. He said that cases of vibriosis have been recorded because of the lack of rainfall during 2014 and 2015, which led to increased salinity in the Gulf of Fonseca, and thus, a higher shrimp mortality rate.
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