January 21, 2018
8th Aquaculture Roundtable Series to focus on Asia's Shrimp Industry and the Need for Change
Asia is the leading supplier of farmed shrimp to global markets. However, its production has dropped since 2010. Today, growth of the shrimp aquaculture is moving at different speeds. This has not benefitted the entire value chain as gross margins remain thin due to low survival rates and disease outbreaks. The situation has since regressed, resulting in reduced productivity with massive increases in production cost.
"Today the industry is being sustained by high prices which is not expected to continue. Living with diseases, inconsistent harvest volumes and crop losses may be the new normal, but what the industry needs now is a revolutionary change. This requires a much-needed shift in production paradigms if Asia is to reach the global production levels prior to the EMS crisis," says Zuridah Merican, editor of Aqua Culture Asia Pacific, and chairperson of TARS 2018.
TARS 2018, to be held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand from August 15-16, 2018 will focus on shrimp aquaculture in Asia, making it the fourth time the meeting will address this sector. The two-day meeting, with the theme "Need for Change" features a vibrant program with the participation of international experts and key stakeholders from the industry and academia, who will share new knowledge, exchange insights and experiences at the plenary, interactive breakout sessions, and panel discussions that have become hallmarks of this critical series. Also included in the program is "Hard Talk with Young Shrimp Farmers." This dialogue session presents the opportunity for delegates to learn first-hand about new business and farming models, as well as challenges and successes.
Among the topics to be addressed are the current state of Asia's shrimp aquaculture industry, new approaches for improving shrimp production, higher level of control, productivity and cost efficiency, and transformation to ensure the future of the industry. The plenary at TARS 2018 will comprise 16 presentations. A signature presentation on the State of the Industry & Challenges by a prominent stakeholder will review current industry developments and where the industry is heading.
"For country reviews, we have selected India, where the speed of development is fast and furious; Vietnam which is fast evolving to cope with diseases and production efficiency in post-EMS Thailand," added Zuridah.
Other presentations include Productivity in the Supply Chain - field information on current disease threats in Asia; different culture systems, and environment, nursery and grow-out in controlled environments; Nutritional and Health Interventions - mitigating disease through gut health; assessment of vannamei shrimp nutrition in Asia versus Central and South America; nutrition for robust shrimp, and new feeding concepts. Two sessions will be dedicated to the Revival of the Black Tiger Shrimp and Investing for the Future. The latter will focus on production efficiency to improve profitability and reduce risks to meet investors' requirements at farm level. The tentative program is available at www.tarsaquaculture.com.
For more information on TARS 2018, visit www.tarsaquaculture.com