Facing shortages, Thailand to import shrimp from India, Ecuador

Published on
October 7, 2022
A shrimp harvest in Thailand.

Shrimp output in Thailand is expected to fall by half from its peak this year due to disease issues. In response, in August 2022, the Thai government unveiled a plan to import about 10,000 MT of shrimp from Ecuador and India to ease pressure caused by a domestic shortage of product.

Thailand’s shrimp production totals were among the largest in the world until 2012, when diseases including early mortality syndrome (EMS) began to ravage the industry. For 2022, the country is expected to produce 270,000 metric tons (MT) of shrimp, down more than a half from a peak of 600,000 MT in 2011 ... 

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Contributing Editor reporting from Hanoi, Vietnam

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