Charter flights give wings to Hainan's shrimp breeders

By Chen Shumin / HICN / Updated: 18:25,13-August-2022

On Thursday, three flights took off from Haikou in Hainan to land in Nanjing in the east, together carrying over 3,000 containers with nearly 200 million shrimp seeds. It marked the launch of the Hainan local government’s aircraft charter service, a welcome solution for aquaculture companies that can now send products to different places promptly.

The charter flight HU7115, carrying over 1,000 containers of shrimp seeds, takes off from the Haikou Meilan International Airport for Nanjing on August 11. HAINAN DAILY

The seeds will be distributed to shrimp farms across East China. The farms are located along the coastal areas from Liaoning Province in the temperate zone to Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the subtropics, while the breeding is mainly done in the tropical areas in Hainan and Guangdong provinces. The quick transportation of the seeds from the south to the farms in the north will boost both farmers’ income and market supply.

The prawn breeding businesses across Hainan, now at the peak of production, were impeded by air transport restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the province’s resort city Sanya on August 1.

To tackle the exigency, government departments began to gear up to mobilize charter flights and assist the enterprises. About 1 billion shrimp seeds are expected to be transported outside the island to facilitate the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry.

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