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Taiwan has expertise for the controls and development of eight grouper species, out of nine that can now ve successfully farmed, (Photo: Stock File)


Grouper aquaculture set to boom


TAIWAN
Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 01:50 (GMT + 9)

Many grouper farmers in Taiwan are rebuilding their ponds ravaged by last August’s Typhoon Morakot hoping they can partake in the prospects of a Chinese market worth up to USD 3.1 billion a year.

The opportunity comes after the fish got listed as one of the country’s farm items to be given zero tariff treatment in the cross-Taiwan Strait economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) signed on 29 June.

President Ma Ying-jeou said the country is set to become the world’s main grouper producer as a result of possessing the key factors of breeding expertise, appropriate climate and proximity to China, reports Central News Agency.

Taiwan produces 18,000 tonnes of various species of grouper worth USD 110 million per annum. Ninety per cent of the total is exported to Hong Kong and the Chinese coastal provinces of Guangdong and Fujian, according to Huang Tsai-tuan, chairman of the Pingtung Aquaculture Association.

ECFA will help Taiwan enter the market in some Chinese regions, Huang said.

Nine out of some 200 grouper species can now be successfully farmed, with Taiwan having expertise for the controls and development of eight of them.

Taiwan's climate allows for year-round grouper farming, Huang commented.

Still, indovirus and nervous necrosis virus continue to plague stocks, told Huang and farmer Tai Kun-Tsai.

"We (grouper breeders) have successfully developed grouper breeding expertise but we have no way of controlling viral infection but to seek help from relevant government agencies," Tai said.

Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Wu-hsiung said the council's Fisheries Administration has separated TWD 10.43 million (USD 325,917) to endorse vaccine development, and National Taiwan Ocean University has been given TWD 10.5 million (USD 328,104) to research the viruses.

Last year’s Typhoon Morakot saw 90 per cent of grouper farms washed away or clogged with silt, leaving countless grouper farmers out of business. To cope with the destruction of their farms, some farmers raised funds to continue farming grouper, some began farming tilapia or other cheaper species and others exited the market altogether when banks refused them loans.

Related articles:

- Trade pact a blessing to grouper farmers
- Grouper farms still hurting from typhoon Morakot

By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com



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