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Exporters fish for smaller shrimp to meet demand

With rising demand for smaller shrimp, the Indian seafood exporters are encouraging farmers to go in for smaller shrimps with multiple harvests to meet the requirement. 

“Sharp decline in the sea-caught shrimps, especially from Kerala, which are generally of small size is one reason for this. Farmed shrimps are filling up the vacuum,’’ said Kenny Thomas, MD of Jinny Marine Traders. 

Small shrimp lend themselves to many value-added shrimp products. “You can’t make Japanese dish sushi with big shrimps,’’ said Thomas. 
Sizes from 50 to even 120 counts are becoming popular. Most of the Southeast Asian countries are focusing more on farming small shrimps and India is now shifting towards this trend. 
Exporters said it is a win-win situation as farmers get paid for multiple harvests while they will be able to export more consignments. 

India is currently the top supplier of farmed shrimps in the world. Among the shrimps imported by the US, the share of Indian shrimps is 40%. 


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