The industry has shown good growth over the last two years, going from around 38 million pounds in 2011 to about 60 million in 2013.
The figures were provided by the National Aquaculture Association of Honduras (Andah), which added that over the past three years they have managed to increase harvest of the product without increasing the area of land being used, which is still approximately 18,200 hectares.
The lack of rain has benefited the Guatemalan shrimp sector, which projects this year a production of 7 million pounds, up 20% over the last two years.
Gabriel Biguria, Acuamaya’s company manager said, "In 2010 we suffered losses of 25 percent and last year, 20 percent because of the rains, whereas this year we expect normal production without any losses."
Despite complaints from local farmers, it has been confirmed that the Mexican government will not restrict the entry of 15 million tons exported annually by Honduras.
Shrimp producers in Sinaloa, Nayarit, Michoacan and Sonora, pressured the Mexican authorities to prevent the entry of Honduran shrimp, claiming that the product is contaminated by the disease Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS).
Shrimp exports fell to 5.8 million pounds during the first quarter of this year, 43% less than during the same period in 2008.
The drop in demand for the product in international markets and the decline in international prices, both a product of the global economic crisis, are the main factors behind the sharp drop in exports from an industry had been registering increases of up to 232% percent in sales abroad during the last three years.
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