News last update:7 Aug 2012

First European deal for Thai organic shrimp farm

Thailand's commercial shrimp industry got a fresh start this year with Sureerath Farm's shipment of 40 tons of organic shrimp to Switzerland and Germany.

These exports represent Thailand's first foray into the organic shrimp market, a fairly new product even for health-conscious European customers.The shipment also marked a new beginning for Thailand's shrimp industry, which has an environmentally dirty past.

Sureerath Farm in Laem Sing district of Chanthaburi province, 220 kilometres east of Bangkok, is the first and still only Thai farm to receive certification from Naturland, an association of organic farmers in Germany, for meeting standards for raising shrimp and ensuring product quality. 

The challenge now is to boost organic shrimp production, something Prayoon said he would try to do next year by setting up an alliance of small shrimp farmers in Chanthaburi and praying the market for organic products isn't wiped out by the global economic crisis.

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