Supply chain in the shrimp farming industry

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As you know, most of the shrimp consumed by people around the world is farmed, and only a small percentage is caught in the ocean. Can you guess what those percentages are?

According to the FAO report, approximately 25% of the shrimp consumed worldwide is caught and 75% is produced by shrimp farmers.

Think about the shrimp on your plate. How many people do you think are trying to get that wonderful, delicious, nutritious product on your plate? In other words, what goes on behind the scenes of shrimp production?

The shrimp farming industry is like a chain with many links. The performance of each link is very important. Would you like to examine the links of this huge chain together and know to whom we should be grateful for a delicious meal?

Larva production:

The first link in the shrimp farming supply chain is larval production. This is the first step in the winding path of shrimp farming.

The production of larvae takes place in hatcheries. To produce the larvae, the broodstock is first transferred to the hatchery tanks. Each shrimp lays between 100 and 200 thousand eggs. These eggs are then transferred to breeding tanks and after about 15 days they reach the stage where they are ready to be transferred to the farm.

Transportation:

The larvae are packed in special bags and transported by truck to the farms. Since the likelihood of the larvae dying during transport is high, this process must be done carefully and sensitively.

Breeding:

This is probably the ring you are most familiar with. The shrimp breeding process begins when the larvae arrive at the farm. Of course, it might be better to say that it starts before the larvae arrive when the ponds are prepared for stocking the larvae.

Shrimp farms vary in size, ranging from small family farms to multi-acre farms.

It takes about three to six months from the time the larvae are placed in the ponds to the time they are harvested. One of the most important things that take place during the breeding period is the feeding of the shrimp. Breeding farms receive the feed from feed production factories. These factories are one of the most important links in the shrimp farming chain. The quality and quantity of shrimp feed have a significant impact on the health and growth of the shrimp.

Shrimp farms require a lot of equipment, such as aerators, feed sprinklers, machinery, water pumps, harvesters, etc. The manufacturers of this equipment and their distributors are among the other links in the shrimp farming chain.

When the shrimp reach the right size, the harvesting process begins. After harvesting, the shrimp are placed in plastic crates and transported by truck to the processing plant.

Processing:

The next step is processing. Shrimp are evaluated, sorted, processed, packed, and frozen in processing plants.

Shrimps are processed in different ways and factories prepare different products depending on the demand and taste of buyers.

Once this process is completed, the shrimp are transferred to cold storage. Shrimp can be purchased by domestic wholesalers and transported to the domestic market or exported to foreign countries.

Export:

In order to export shrimp, the shrimp are first evaluated for quality and health. Then they receive the necessary licenses and certificates.

After these steps, the shrimp are transported to the next destination by trucks equipped with cold storage. Shrimp is transported abroad by sea, land, or air.

Import:

Importers are generally large companies or factories that purchase shrimp from other countries and distribute it to the distribution network either as is or after processing.

Distribution:

This is the last link in the shrimp farming chain. This is where the shrimp finally reaches the consumer.

Distributors deliver shrimp to retailers, stores and supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, etc., and consumers prepare their shrimp in various ways.

Think again about the shrimp on the plate. Did you see how far and how long the shrimp traveled to reach your hand?

Shrimp technology and supply chain:

Today, technology is so integrated into our lives that it is hard to imagine what life was like before it. Traces of technology can be found in the simplest to the most complex tasks we perform throughout the day.

Different industries are using new technologies to gain more value.

In the shrimp farming supply chain, technology is being used in a variety of ways. The use of farm management software, the use of blockchain to track products at the point of purchase, the use of artificial intelligence to predict prices and supply and demand, and the use of smart packaging to prevent product spoilage. These are just a few examples of the impact of technology on the shrimp farming industry. These technologies throughout the supply chain improve performance and increase productivity in this industry. Another very important benefit of these technologies is the reduction of environmental impact, which is becoming increasingly important.

At Atlas Meigoo Company, we are proud to be one of the links in the vast chain of shrimp farming and to play a role in providing shrimp for the consumption of loving people around the world. We have told you the story of our farm before. Do you remember it?

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