Indonesian shrimp-producing province hit hard by coronavirus

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 12:02

The spread of the COVID-19 virus, commonly referred

to as coronavirus, has heavily impacted a key shrimp-producing province in Indonesia, resulting in a sharp decline of exports to China, Mongabay reported.

In early February, the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said would restrict imports of live fisheries products from China as part of the country’s efforts to minimize the transmission of the virus.

The restrictions in trade with China, the major destination for shrimp from Indonesia, have come as a blow for the shrimp industry in Jambi, a province located on Sumatra Island.

The province’s shrimp export value fell 95.7 percent to just IDR 1 billion (USD 69,800, EUR 63,300) in February, from IDR 23 billion (USD 1.61 million, EUR 1.46 million) in December last year before the COVID-19 outbreak, according to local media, using data from the local government.

In mid-February, fishermen in Jambi held a demonstration to ask for assistance from the government. They said they were willing to the cost of shifting from shrimp harvesting was prohibitively high.

Source : Seafood

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