Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Arkansas catfish farmers continue to produce lower yields

The catfish industry in Arkansas has continued to show a decline in production during 2011, along with lower acreage and sales. In contrast, national production and sales climbed slightly as prices jumped and farmers elsewhere raised more fish on fewer ac, although acreage in the major catfish-producing states has kept shrinking.

"Prices just haven't been there for farmers to maintain acreage. But prices are a lot better, and hopefully that will stabilise the market", said Charles Collins, executive director of Catfish Farmers of Arkansas. He said farmers quit the industry as feed prices rose while the price paid by catfish processors remained the same in 2010 and early 2011. Foreign competition has also been a burden. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers. To get your copy of 'PPLAPP' click here.
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