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Date: 08-Aug-2014
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Aug 5, 2014

The situation is worse in Hainan this year because many farmers skipped the second planting due to poor results from their first crop.  As a result, seed stock will be expensive and not able to meet demand for the next month or two.

The reporter paid a visit to Wentian, the disaster area in Hainan hit by Typhoon Rammasun, on July 27. On the way to Wentian from Haikou, the reporter has found a large number of houses whose roofs were blown off and a lot of trees cut into half on both sides of the road, which was covered with fallen leaves. The power has not been restored here and the shrimp seedling facilities will be the last one in Wentian to have their power back because they are located at the remote seashore. 

Hainan Haiyuansheng Aquatic Seedling has its production facility built in Dakun village, Wentian town and this facility has four plants in total, according to Luo Guoqiang, the company’s general manager. The company has lost millions of cultivated shrimp seedlings and the loss of the destroyed seedlings along with infrastructure reaches around 600 thousand yuan. And there are another seven shrimp broodstock companies in the neighboring area. All of them have suffered great damage and it is estimated to take one month for these companies’ facilities to restore the power. Among these companies, five have shut down, while the remaining two continue their operation with the use of the generators and the small amount of shrimp seedlings rescued from the disaster. According to Luo’s estimation, the total loss of these seven facilities include around 500 million shrimp seedlings, 100 million of which have been cultivated successfully. And all these seedlings are worth about 2 million yuan.    

The capacity of the shrimp seedling facilities in Wentian makes up about 50% of Hainan’s total capacity.

Most facilities here have stopped their operation because of the cutting off of the electricity and these facilities are expected to restart their seedling cultivation one month later when the electricity is restored. And the companies are in no hurry to rebuild their damaged facilities because it is quite expensive to buy the building materials, hire the staff and use the power produced by the generator at present. About half of the local seedling facilities may not be able to restore their production this year owing to the sever damage, said Luo.

One of these victims is Hainan Lutai Aquatic Seedling’s facility in Datang village where the typhoon’s eyewall came ashore. According to Yun Hao, the company’s manager, the typhoon has cost the company over 1 thousand pairs of broodstocks as well as about 300 to 400 million seedlings and it has also damaged the facility’s infrastructure along with with the equipment. The total loss is more than 10 million yuan and the company will not restart the operation until next year.      

Hainan Haiyi Aquatic Seedling is in possession of five seedling facilities and four of them have been hit directly by Typhoon Rammasun. Now the company relies on the generator to get its electricity and it is in the process of rebuilding the facilities. The reporter paid a visit to its facility in Huxin village and found that the roofs of most houses had been blown off in this facility. Huang Ming is the company’s general manager and he has told the reporter that the company’s total loss consists of the typhoon’s destruction to the infrastructure worth around 5 million yuan, the loss of hundreds of pairs of parent shrimps, that of over 100 million shrimp seedlings as well as the damage to many shrimp larvae. And this is estimated to cost the company over 10 million yuan, which may takes a toll on the company’s future production. But the good news is that the company has succeeded in rescuing most of its broodstocks, which are fundamental to the company’s development. And the company has spent great efforts on the facility’s rebuilding and it can be back to the normal production before long.  

The shrimp seedling will be in short supply during the second half of this year. 

Typhoon Rammasun not only damages the shrimp broodstock companies but also exert great influence over the output of shrimp seedlings. And many broodstock companies have received a lot of customers’ calls to order seedlings. The beginning of August marks the second or third round of seedling stocking in the South China. Specifically speaking, the farmers in Hainan have given up the second round of seedling stocking and are getting prepared for the third round due to the low success rate in the first round.

The peak season in the second round of seedling stocking has come to such areas as Guangdong and Guangxi. There is estimated to be a very strong demand for the seedlings after August and the seedlings are in short supply due to the typhoon, so some broodstock companies are planning to increase their seedling prices, said Luo. 

In addition, the typhoon also causes great economic damage to the local shrimp farmers. For example, it has torn apart all the liners in the 50-Mu ponds above sea level (1 Mu ≈ 666.7 m2) owned by Chen Zhongyu in Dahe village, Wentian. And this results in the death of shrimps worth over 600 thousand yuan. Yun Ming is an important shrimp farmer in Fengbo town and has the ponds of 600 Mu which are above sea level. Due to the destruction of most liners in the ponds, the dead shrimps weigh about 100,000 kg, and they were worth around 8 million yuan. But the local farmers plan to finish the repairing of their damaged ponds within one month so as to get ready in time for the third round of seedling stocking when the seedlings may be in short supply. 

For Hainan's tilapia industry, the damage is much more limited.

The tilapia industry is much luckier because the disaster areas are not Hainan’s main production areas of tilapias. Liu Zhili is the sales director of Progift and he has not heard anything about the great losses of tilapia farmers which were caused by the typhoon so far. And regarding the facilities of Progift, although some damage has been done, there is little influence on the parent tilapias thanks to such infrastructure as shelters and now these facilities’s production are back to normal.

Genomar Supreme Hatchery China is located in Sanjiang town. Although the company’s infrastructure has been destroyed owing to the strong wind, the typhoon has little effect on the parent tilapias, said Wu Lizhi, the company’s sales manager. But it is still uncertain when the company will restart its operation due to the electricity’s cutting off in that area. 

Source: SeafoodNews

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