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A shrimp processing plant, which is unlikely to be operating at maximum capacity due to shortages of raw materials. (Photo: MARD/FIS)

Seafood shortage has processors operating at 50pc

VIET NAM
Thursday, September 23, 2010, 02:00 (GMT + 9)


Numerous seafood processing factories have cut their operations, while many are running at only 50-60 per cent capacity due to the continued dearth of raw materials.

It is hard to find shrimp even though the Mekong Delta is starting peak season.

Prices have rocketed to between VND 180,000 (USD 9.16) (30 shrimp per kg) to VND 183,000 (USD 9.32) (29 shrimp per kg). Prices have leaped by 50 per cent from VND 120,000 (USD 6.11) per kg in September of last year to VND 180,000 (USD 9.16) now.

Yet even with these prices, seafood processing plants cannot make enough money due to shortages of materials, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
 
The Ministry of Industry and Trade said seafood export revenue last month yielded USD 460 million. This makes the total export revenue for the first eight months of the year USD 2.9 billion.
 
Vietnam exported 110,300 tonnes through July - up 15.5 per cent over the first seven months of 2009 - at USD 929.9 million, a 20 per cent rise in value.
 
Japan imported 32,400 tonnes, remaining Vietnam’s main market.

Shrimp (frozen and processed products) is the most popular seafood export item at USD 929.2 million and 35.45 per cent of total seafood export revenue, a 20 per cent rise against the same period of 2009.
 
Black tiger shrimp exports may yield USD 1.4 billion due to the material shortage and changing consumption trends. White leg shrimp export revenue is expected to jump two-fold to USD 500 million.
 
Since 2010 began, most Mekong Delta factories have been running below capacity. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the delta will use 550,600 ha of water surface for black tiger shrimp hatcheries this year, or 70 per cent of the region’s aquaculture area, a 16,000 ha drop from 2009.
 
To reach the targeted output of 386,000 ha, MARD wants the region to diversify production methods and has promoted modern and environmentally friendly technologies among farmers to meet the burgeoning international demand.
 
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said seafood processors may experience shortages through 2010.
 
Analysts believe this is due to continually rising seafood prices that have led farmers to harvest early, their tendency to quit the industry and switch to species that breed higher profits and as in the last several years shrimp hatchery area growth has been exceeded by the expansion of processing factories.

Truong Dinh Hoe, general secretary of VASEP, said many firms have chosen to invest in processing facilities over seafood production because of the latter’s high risks due to shrimp diseases, reports Thanh Nien Daily.

It is rare for processing factories to have their own shrimp hatchery areas, as most acquire materials from farmers, and prices fluctuate constantly. In Soc Trang province, factories that can process 60 tonnes of shrimp per day have access to just 5-6 tonnes daily.

Further, processing plants must compete with Chinese merchants, who go directly to the Mekong Delta for these materials.

Related articles:

- Shrimp shortage contrasts with tra export boom
- Seafood exports looking up
- Seafood processors face lack of raw materials

 

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