Peru's Trout Production Growing15 December 2010
PERU - The Peruvian aquaculture industry saw production expand in 2010 but both domestic consumption and exports fell compared to 2009.
According to a report by the Peruvian Association of Aquaculture Professionals (Asoppac), trout production grew the most, with an increase of 19 per cent. This was followed by tilapia (14.5 per cent) and shrimp (7.5 per cent) reports the Peruvian news agency Andina.
By the end of 2010, domestic consumption of aquaculture products is expected to have fallen by 25 per cent compared to last year.
Consumption of trout, tilapia and gamitana was significantly reduced, as well as shrimp and scallops, which fell by 80 per cent.
Aquaculture exports fell overall by 18 per cent, except for trout, which continued to rise.
Trout shipments grew by almost 33 per cent last year compared to 2008, at a value of $4.2 billion. The current year is expected to see a rise of 3.8 per cent.
According to Asoppac, this increase is due to improved performance of the product prices at international level, the main destinations were Canada, Norway and Germany, the report says.
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