Official figures for tilapia production have not been released yet but tilapia production was estimated to be 1.5 million tonnes in 2012, up from 1.4 million tonnes in 2011 in response to increased domestic and foreign market demand. However, industry sources report at least a 30% decline in production to date and attribute this to farmers’ financial constraints to restock ponds, affected by the harsh weather conditions in 2012.
In the first six months of 2013 total tilapia exports from China reached 161 200 tonnes, 7% more than a year ago. In value Chinese tilapia exports were higher by 11% with a value close to USD 543 million.
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