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Frozen Shrimp continue to be major export in marine fish sector

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015,21:31 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Frozen Shrimp continued to be he major export item in the export basket in terms of quantity and value as the share stood at 34.01 per cent in quantity and 67.19 per cent in terms of total USD earning, said Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) Chairman Leena Nair.
Shrimp exports during the period increased by 18.60 per cent, 160 per cent and 15.54 per cent in quantity, rupee value and USD respectively, she said while addressing media to announce the performance of the year today.
However, unit value realisation decreased to 10.38 USD/KG from 10.65 in 2013-2014, a negative growth of 2.59 per cent, she added.
Informing that the overall export of shrimp during 2014-2015 was to the tune of 357,505 MT worth USD 3709.76 million, she said during 2014-2015 shrimp aquaculture had shown a tremendous growth (30.64 per cent) and achieved highest production (434,558 mt), South East Asia (69,068 MT) and Japan (30,434 MT).
Stating that the contribution of culture shrimp to the total shrimp export was 76.45 per cent per cent in terms of USD, Ms Leena said that the export of cultured shrimp has shown positive growth of 21.66 per cent in quantity and 15.53 per cent in USD terms.
During 2014-2015 shrimp aquaculture had shown a tremendous growth (30.64 per cent) and achieved highest production (434,558 MT),  she said.
On the export of Vannamei, she said it had shown positive growth of 222,176 mt from 175,071 mt and USD 2372.80 million from 1994.27 million, compared to 2013-2014, she said adding that the export of vannamei recorded a growth of 26.90 per cent in quality and 18.98 per cent in USD terms.
About  42.77 per cent of tal vannamei shrip was exported to USA followed by 20.36 per cent to South East Asian countries, 17.45 per cent to European countries and Middle East and Japan, she said adding that the export of black tiger shrimp had picked up from negative growth during 2013-2014 to a positive growth to 0.64 per cent during 2014-2015.