Local prawns dip into China market

James Kon

Around 32 metric tonnes of frozen white prawns were exported to China on Monday, said the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) in a statement.

The initial export via sea aimed at the Chinese market which has a demand of 320 metric tonnes a month, and contained locally produced sea prawn of Litopenaues Vannamei species by Golden Corporation Sdn Bhd.

The export was enabled by a protocol established in July 19, 2019 between the MPRT and the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China on inspection, quarantine and veterinary sanitary requirements for farmed aquatic products to be imported from the country to the People’s Republic of China.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong had signed on behalf of the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam .

The use of Litopenaues Vannamei prawn species increased the productivity of aquaculture operators from 16.4 metric tonnes per hectare to 31.7 metric tonnes per hectare a year.

The improved performance enabled one local aquaculture company to produce as much as 3,000 metric tonnes of sea prawn by year 2020, with the production expected to increase by as many as 33 per cent in 2021.

According to MPRT data from the Fisheries Department, the gross output value of aquaculture industry has increased by 223 per cent in 2020 (BND32.4 million), compared to 2015 (BND10 million).

MPRT said that other frozen products of bakara prawn, selungsong fish, kerapu fish are expected to be exported to the People’s Republic of China.

ABOVE & BELOW: Aquaculture workers using nets to collect prawns from a farm; and Litopenaues Vannamei sea prawns harvested from a local aquaculture site. PHOTOS: MPRT