With the new normal, TARS 2021 will be held virtually. The focus remains the same as our original in-person meeting which was planned for 2020 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Stakeholders are looking for direction to move Asia’s shrimp aquaculture industry forward. TARS 2021 will focus on Markets, Margins and Productivity. It will be held over three days, from August 18-20, 2021. Over the last ten years, TARS has built a reputation as the to-go-to conference for aquaculture stakeholders in Asia. Although TARS 2021 will be a virtual edition, attendees can expect the same quality and output as previous in-person events, in terms of presentations and networking opportunities.
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic brought new market challenges - shift in demand and shift in supply, disruptions along the supply chain, and changes in market preferences. Farmers faced different production challenges depending on the control of the pandemic in their respective countries. The persistent challenge is disease, in particular EHP, WFS as well as WSSV which continue to ravage productivity. Cost of production is rising with decreasing survival rates while market prices have declined since April 2018 due to higher supply from Asia and Latin America. Margins have been erased.
TARS 2021 will bring industry stakeholders together to address these critical disruptions and issues and seek solutions with market-led production while using innovative technologies to increase production efficiency. Discussions will focus on building consumer confidence in farmed shrimp from Asia, convince markets on its sustainability agenda, and the continuation of the Asian shrimp farming model.