It’s just a question of how much.
The severe flooding in Thailand will hit shrimp production, it’s just a matter of to what degree, said executive in Bangkok.
The most serious flooding in 30 years is expected in Thailand this week, with the Thai government predicting it will peak on Wednesday or Thursday, said Jim Gulkin, managing director of frozen seafood supplier Siam Canadian Group.
“Shrimp farms will not escape affects of flooding. The only question is severity.” Said Gulkin, on this Twitter feed.
“The extent of damage to farms is not yet known as more serious flooding is yet to occur this week,” he told IntraFish. “The main affected areas will be the central and eastern areas of Thailand. The southern areas of Thailand are not yet seriously affected by the flooding. They may or may not escape them, depending on weather over the coming days.”
Thai farmers are now urgently harvesting in order to get shrimp from ponds before floods hit, said Phochara Luengrungroj, commercial manager international trade business Europe, for Charoen Pokphand Food, one of the world’s largest shrimp farmers.
“No one dares to start new crop until they see a good sign of better situation,” he told IntraFish.
“This is why I predicted no big size at beginning of the year,” he said.
However, there is more at stake then shrimp farms at such a time, said Luengrugroj.
“Now I’m not worried much about shrimp production. The most concerning things is now that Thai people suffer with this disaster. If it comes to the center of Bangkok, I will have nowhere to live,” he said.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ordered authorities in Bangkok to bolster flood defenses as the nation’s worst deluge in more than 50 years threatens to inundate the capital over the next few days, reports Bloomberg.
At least 269 people have been killed and 2.4 million displaced as a result of the seasonal monsoon rains that have hit the country since July 25, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on its Website Monday.
About 30 of Thailand’s 77 provinces remain underwater, the agency said, reports Bloomberg.