ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) --
Madagascar has labeled its shrimps to ensure its
customers worldwide, officials said on Thursday.
“This label is to
demonstrate that Madagascar is able to offer internationally a
product of excellence named Madagascar shrimp,” the president of
Madagascar shrimp farming and fishing industry association (GAPCM)
Claude Brunot said during the launch of the label.
“By this label, the
GAPCM shrimp producers and fishermen want to ensure the sanitary
and intrinsic taste of their shrimp, guarantee the originality
of their product, and ensure the traceability and quality of the
products sold and exported by Madagascar,” Brunot said.
The GAPCM, grouping
12 companies of shrimp production is an official association
approved by Madagascar’s government to produce and export
shrimp. The association already existed for 22 years and decided
to issue a unique label for all shrimps from Madagascar.
from Madagascar represents only one percent of the world shrimp,
but European and Asian market recognize Madagascar’s shrimp as
the best quality,” Brunot explained.
The official said
that the country produced in 2016 about 8,600 tons of shrimps,
including 4,000 wild shrimps valued at 96 billion Ariary (around
30 million U.S. dollars), and 4,600 tons of farmed shrimps
valued at 146 billion Ariary.