Tuesday, November 29, 2016

29/11/2016: Sub-Saharan Shrimp farm shines spotlight on growing African aquaculture subsector

Nigeria’s top shrimp producer, Atlantic Shrimpers Limited has unveiled a new, 400-acre shrimp farm.

According to an article recently published on afkinsider.com, the Lagos State shrimp farm will be the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, producing shrimp for Nigeria and the export market.

Image: Jeff Attaway
However, French-owned shrimp farms in Madagascar that are about 10 times bigger may already have claimed the title of largest in sub-Saharan Africa.

Owned by Unima, a French company, the farm in Northwest Madagascar is one of two of the group’s farms spread over almost 4,000 acres of natural clay soil, producing more than 5,000 tons of shrimp per year, according to Feed Navigator.

Unima’s Madagascar farm is also the first in Africa to get internationally recognised certification for labeling that promotes responsible fish farming practices.

Farmed shrimp accounts for 55 percent of the shrimp produced globally, but African shrimp aquaculture doesn’t rank anywhere near the top of the list for regional production.

Read more HERE.

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