Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom was requested aid due to EMS outbreaks. (Photo Credit: Ministry of Thailand/VASEP)
Shrimp farmers have appealed to the Commerce Ministry for help in light of decimated crops resulting from outbreaks of early mortality syndrome (EMS) in shrimp ponds across the country.
Members of the Thai Frozen Food Association (TFFA) met with Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and asked him for financial aid and low-interest loans for shrimp farmers, especially for those whose farms have been afflicted the worst by EMS -- a disease otherwise known as acute hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome, which causes mass mortality during the first 20-30 days of culture in shrimp ponds.
According to Boonsong, shrimp exports in the first quarter of 2013 fell slightly, but the shrimp supply is expected to take a sharp dive in the second quarter due to disease outbreaks, MC...
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