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Just a few days ago, the opening ceremony was held for Homegrown Shrimp USA (HGS), the first shrimp farming facility in the U.S. of Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF).

This groundbreaking farm in the U.S. is located in Indiantown (Florida) where its facilities already had a hatchery, and now it will go one step further. About 5 years ago it started the production and sale of shrimp postlarvae to shrimp farmers in several countries around the world, now, HGS will also produce Pacific white shrimp; the most widely farmed shrimp in the world.

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The opening ceremony was attended by important guests and even included a speech by Thailand’s Ambassador to the U.S., Tanee Sangrat. Moreover, there were more distinguished guests such as Mr. Thitiwat Sukhasvasti Na Ayudhaya, Economic Counselor of the Royal Thai Embassy; and Ms. Maria D. Sariol, Honorary Consul General in Coral Gables.

The new facility for raising postlarvae to commercial size includes 40 circular production tanks and 8 tanks for recycling water and collecting solid waste. It also has a state-of-the-art water recirculation system and the ability to control and maintain water temperature. The main objective is the sustainable harvester in proper conditions.

Inauguration of HGM. Photo by: Royal Thai Embassy.

Genetically improved postlarvae

HGS postlarvae are produced from genetically improved shrimp developed by Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF). CPF has been leading the development of shrimp farming since 1985 when less than 500 tons of shrimp were produced worldwide. Today, that figure exceeds 5 million tons of shrimp, an increase that was made possible by technologies developed within the CPF Group.

About HGS

HGS is an indoor shrimp farm that raises shrimp using sustainable practices that ensure the health and welfare of the animals and the environment. Through this hatchery they seek to create the perfect environment for their shrimp to thrive, without being subject to unpredictable weather conditions and pollution that can affect traditional shrimp farming.

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