Nakhon Si Thammarat shrimp farmers campaign for stable shrimp prices

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NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 14 July 2012  – The Department of Fisheries has initiated a campaign to help stabilize prices of Pacific white shrimp after shrimp farmers requested a government intervention to solve the problem regarding continually falling shrimp prices.

The Provincial Fishery Office Chief of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ms. Aree Intarasombat, made known that the campaign came after shrimp prices had steadily decreased since the month of March, with Pacific white shrimp being purchased at less than one baht per shrimp. This fall in prices has led to farmers suffering losses.

To address the problem, the Department of Fisheries has initiated a campaign to increase and strengthen the potential of shrimp farmers by promoting their bargaining power with cold storage companies, through the mechanism of cooperatives and raisers’ club.

Those who can join the campaign must meet certain requirements, such as being cooperative members and receiving the GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) standard from the Department of Fisheries.