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NPC to Become World's Largest Shrimp Supplier

SAUDI ARABIA - The fully-integrated hatchery, farm and processing facility located south of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was built at a cost of more than $350m and was established in a bid to tap into the booming global seafood market.

According to the Regional Aquaculture Information System (RAIS), the prawn farm run by Saudi Arabia’s National Prawn Company (NPC) will produces no less than 50 tonnes of prawns daily, using desert land unsuitable for agriculture or housing and water from the Red Sea.

It does not destroy mangroves, which are the traditional locations for prawn farms and it will rely on its own energy with a desalination installation and a 21MW power plant, as well as four mobile Cat generator sets.

The company presently exports in excess of 13,000 tonnes of shrimp every year to more than 30 countries. NPC has recently commenced the construction of the second phase of the project's pond, which will significantly increase its annual production to more than 45,000 tonnes of premium quality shrimp.

This is predicted to make NPC the single largest supplier of shrimp in the world. The multi-million dollar venture is also envisioned to be a global leader in environmentally friendly aquaculture shrimp production, boasting cutting-edge farming technologies and techniques, as well as stringent quality standards.

the Fish Site Editor

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