Cargill opens new aquaculture innovation centre in Indonesia

Cargill has inaugurated an aquaculture innovation centre in Indonesia to work with freshwater fish farmers in raising farming and feeding standards.

By Jules Scully

The Technology Application Center (TAC) is located at Ciseeng, Parung-Bogor, which is a hub for freshwater aquaculture in Indonesia. Cargill said the site will bring global aquaculture best practices and expertise from its network of 12 such centres dedicated to aquaculture worldwide.

The TAC will also provide a platform where local aquaculture farmers can come for training and discussions around feeding and other farm management practices.

Chad Gauger, managing director of Cargill Aqua Nutrition in South Asia, said: “Freshwater aquaculture in Indonesia is showing strong growth thanks to increasing demand for seafood in the country.

“This innovation centre will support the development of the freshwater aquaculture industry by educating and training farmers on how to improve their productivity and income.”

The centre covers one hectare, with eight large ponds and a set of closed cement tanks for smaller trials in closed systems. The facility is designed to improve the feed performance of freshwater fish varieties including catfish, tilapia, pangasius and carp.

It is the fourth TAC Cargill has opened in South Asia this year and brings the Cargill aqua nutrition TAC footprint in Asia to five countries (Thailand, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and China).

In its full-year results announced last month, Cargill saw its revenue rise 5% to $114.7 billion, thanks in part to the positive performance of its Animal Nutrition & Protein business. The company’s operating earnings rose 6% year-on-year to $3.2 billion.

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