Mexican white shrimp. (Photo: Luis Eustaquio)
Sinaloa shrimpers look at the Chinese market
Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
President of the Board of Sinaloa State Committee of Aquaculture Health, Raúl Soto Pérez, foresees that 200 tonnes of farmed shrimp will be able to enter the Chinese market this year.
According to the leader, the presence of white spot in Sonora’s white shrimp farms will benefit this particular crustacean.
The Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) already released health permits to shrimp export.
With this official authorization Sinaloa producers expect to export to China about 220 tonnes of large size shrimps in late 2012, the official said.
"From August to date, 10 Chinese companies have visited the Sinaloa aquaculture industry for the quality of shrimp, and actually buy other species and varieties in other countries", Soto Perez said.
He added that the market of the European Union (EU) is one of the most constant, while the U.S. is very irregular.
Soto Pérez stressed that the Chinese market is the newest and will not get saturated rapidly, as there are about one billion consumers.
The Chinese do not want small size shrimp, the official said, but between 10-15, 15-20 and 20-25. In contrast head size 10-20, 20-30 and 30-40 are sent to Europe.
The sizes suitable for export to China are harvested between July and August, Noroeste informed.
In 2011, Sonora had to face the problems caused by white spot disease, which caused a reduction in production from 90,000 tonnes to 41,000 tonnes.
While Sinaloa is not out of danger after the white spot problem, it is expected that CESASIN efforts will be successful to minimize the impact.
By Analia Murias