GENEVA: Amid growing uncertainties in the seafood trade, exporters from India have now a reason to cheer as the Country is expected to be the standout performer in 2017 along with Chile.
Indian exports is set to surge by 41 per cent more due to bumper harvesting of vannamei shrimp.
"Of the world's major seafood exporters, India and Chile are expected to be the standout performers in 2017. In India's case, bumper harvests of aquacultured vannamei shrimp is the main factor behind expectations of a $2.3 billion increase in Indian seafood exports in 2017," said a report by Globefish, which is a unit within the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.
The report on seafood demand analysed the market situation until June 2017.
The report will provide respite to Indian exporters at a time when the European Union (EU), the third largest market, is contemplating a complete ban on Indian shrimp imports over quality issues.
On the imports side, both developed and developing markets are expected to perform well in 2017.
Significant import growth is forecast for the South East Asian emerging markets in particular, while the traditional "big three" comprising the United States (US), EU and Japan will all see a boost in seafood demand due to improving economic conditions, said the report.
Driven by robust demand growth worldwide, a substantial proportion of global production will be exported. The value of world trade in fish and fishery products is expected to increase by a projected 5.8 per cent to $150.9 billion in 2017.
As per an earlier report of FAO, India had emerged as the largest exporter of shrimps in the world by exporting 438,500 tonnes in 2016, marking a 14.5 per cent increase over the last year. The top five shrimp exporters to the international market in 2016 were India, Vietnam, Ecuador, Indonesia and Thailand.