By Suzi Dominy*
Investment in aquafeed production booming
In response to the continuing rise in aquaculture production, the start of 2015 has been marked by substantial investment in new aquafeed plant and equipment. Most recently, Aller Aqua Group A/S, one of Europe’s largest fish feed producers, officially inaugurated its new Egyptian factory at the beginning of March, creating the country’s largest and most modern producer of environmentally friendly, extruded fish feed, Aller Aqua Egypt.
Aller Aqua bought the majority of an Egyptian family company in 2011. Since then, the Danish company has risen to the challenges of working with a very different culture. “Since 2009, when we first travelled to Egypt, a great deal has happened politically in the country. We experience daily challenges, which we wouldn’t even contemplate in Denmark. For the first year it could take up to three days to get fuel for the trucks transporting raw materials to the factory – great planning was essential for success!” Henrik Halken, Chairman of Aller Aqua Egypt said.
“We have also had to accommodate all our employees at the factory during the most recent revolution, during which President Mursi was overthrown”.
Cargill Mexico inaugurated a $7.8 million expansion of its feed mill in Tehuacán, Puebla in February. Gerardo Quintero, Managing Director of Cargill’s Feed & Nutrition business for Mexico and Central America said. The expansion consists of a new extrusion line that will produce feed for tilapia, trout and catfish.
This addition to Cargill’s productive infrastructure in Mexico is part of a $16 million investment plan to position the company’s animal nutrition solutions in the aquaculture markets of Mexico and Central America. Cargill said it intends to play a major role in aquaculture production as a key solution to fulfilling the growing demand for protein.
In Indonesia, PT Central Proteina Prima Tbk. (CP Prima) has plans to invest more than US$30 million in the construction of a 40,000 tons aquafeed mill and a facility for the production of shrimp products in East Java. The aquafeed mill is scheduled for completion this year.
CP Prima was badly hit by the IMNV virus that ravaged shrimp production throughout the region. However, the company said their discovery of a specially formulated feed that combats the deadly disease has had a positive impact, particularly on the company’s subsidiary, PT Central Pertiwi Bahari, reducing the number of infected shrimp from 85 percent to less than 1 percent. Since September 2014, the company’s net sales increased to Rp 6.77 trillion, from Rp 5.54 trillion over the same period the year before
In India, an unnamed Vietnam-based feed manufacturer is investing $25 to $28 million in a 100,000 tonne capacity aquafeed plant in Andhra Pradesh, according to media reports. According to sources plant is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. 80 per cent of production capacity will be consumed by Andhra Pradesh and the balance will sold in West Bengal, Odisha and Gujarat states where demand for aquaculture feeds have increased, the source said. Half the output will be for shrimp feed and the other half for fish feed.
Specialty Feed for King Salmon
The nutritional requirements of the King Salmon species Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (also known as Chinook) – farmed predominantly in New Zealand – differ considerably from the common Atlantic salmon, trout and other salmon species farmed elsewhere in the world. Currently only feed based on environmental and economic considerations for the latter species is available.
A consortium comprising the world’s biggest producer of farmed King salmon, New Zealand King Salmon, along with Seafood Innovations Ltd (SIL), Nelson’s Cawthron Institute, the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and Danish feed producer BioMar aims to develop a high-quality, species-specific feed that improves vastly on the generic products currently available.
The latest buzz on fishmeal
Could flies be the answer to fishmeal substitution? A South African company, AgriProtein, is betting on it. The company has raised $11m to build two commercial farms. Each will house 8.5 billion flies - the first in a series of 40 such farms to be rolled out. The world’s first commercial fly farm will be in Cape Town and by headcount will be the largest farming operation on the planet.
AgriProtein uses flies reared on a very large scale to lay eggs that are hatched into larvae on organic waste material. The larvae are then harvested and dried into Magmeal ™ a natural and sustainable feed for fish. The company has received product approval in South Africa and believes that larvae meal will achieve European acceptance as an animal feed within 24 months. It is after all what these animals would eat in the wild and what free range chicken and freshwater fish eat today. Independent academic research has tested and proven the efficiency of this natural protein in a range of farmed animals.
AgriProtein will start licensing its nutrient recycling technology worldwide in 2015. Within fifteen years the company said it will be considered as normal to recycle waste nutrients as paper, tin and glass is today, the company believes.
Applied aquafeed R&D will
be strongly represented at
Aquafeed Horizons 2015
The 8th in the series of Aquafeed.com’s international conferences for aquafeed professionals, Aquafeed Horizons, returns to Cologne, Germany, with an outstanding program of talks by industry professionals and leading-edge practical researchers. The focus of this year’s conference will be the interplay of ingredients and processing, with a close look at new ingredients being introduced to aquafeed formulations. The very latest in applied aquafeed R&D will be strongly represented at this year’s meeting.
Dr. Mari Moren is Director of Research at the food research institute, Nofima, responsible for Nutrition and Feed Technology. She will give a view of the future demands in salmon feed production and present possibilities from the viewpoint of a research institute working on R&D throughout the whole value chain in aquaculture.
Dr. Olav Fjeld Kraugerud, leads the Centre for Feed Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway. Dr. Kraugerud will look at novel ingredients and give examples of results from trials performed with krill meal, gluten and plant meals. He will present data on the viability of tailor-made processing for feed recipes with a diversified protein portfolio - and promises to reveal an exciting new and innovative tool for feed production.
Dr. Jorge Dias is a managing partner of SPAROS Lda, Portugal, a technology-driven SME. Dr. Dias’s talk will be on results from the Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition & Aquaculture (ARRAINA) project, a European FP7-funded Collaborative Project coordinated by INRA. Dr. Dias will focus on new knowledge generated on the fine tuning of the dietary supply of trace elements in larvae and juvenile feeds, relying on the use of innovative delivery vectors such as microencapsulated and nano-sized mineral forms and a closer look on the interactions among trace elements and other nutrients. Activities on the effect of vegetable ingredients on physical pellet criteria and fecal properties will be discussed. A predictive tool to compare the environmental impact (total, N and P waste) of different feed formulations developed for gilthead seabream will also be presented.
Aquafeed Horizons 2015 will take place June 9, 2015 in the Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany. Pre-registration is required for a guaranteed place in this popular conference and you are urged not to delay. Special rates are available for students and groups.
Registration, presentation and speaker information at www.feedconferences.com
Suzi Dominy is the founding editor and publisher of aquafeed.com. She brings 25 years of experience in professional feed industry journalism and publishing. Before starting this company, she was co-publisher of the agri-food division of a major UK-based company, and editor of their major international feed magazine for 13 years.