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Skretting, the world’s leading aquaculture feed supplier, is committed to helping put African fish farming on the map
Skretting has long held the ambition to support the progress of African aquaculture and maintains that the best way to achieve this aim is by ensuring a consistent supply of high-quality fish feed products. As part of its commitment, Skretting has opened dedicated fish feed plants in Egypt, Nigeria and most recently Zambia, in addition to expanding its already considerable export activities to countries in West Africa and beyond.
“Being in Africa and supporting its growth is absolutely crucial for Skretting and our parent company Nutreco, because our clearly stated mission is ‘Feeding the Future’. A lot of the global population growth over the coming 30 years is going to be in the African continent – rising from around 1 billion people currently to 2 billion inhabitants by 2050 – and we must ensure that there is sufficient food security in place to feed all those extra people. Without question, aquaculture will play a very important part in that requirement,” says Rob Kiers, Managing Director Nutreco Africa.
The new facility in Zambia exemplifies Skretting’s approach to establishing robust foundations from which African aquaculture can build and ultimately thrive. Opened earlier this year to become the country’s first dedicated fish feed plant, the investment is part of Skretting’s 75/25 joint-venture with African Century Foods (ACF) for the production, sale and distribution of tilapia feed that was announced in 2016. Together, the two companies have taken up the challenge to drive the market forward by investing in equipment, farming, training and management to really help the Zambian community produce sufficient volumes of fish.
A part of the capacity is used to supply ACF’s tilapia farms (Lake Harvest) with the remaining supply going to the wider southeast African region. Like all other Skretting plants around the world, Zambia shares the philosophy to make good quality feed; make best use of the company’s world-class R&D; have local validation of its feeds; and to also invest heavily in providing technical support to the industry.
“The market is there, the desire is there and many of the raw materials are there too. Our fish feed production is bringing those essential elements together and stimulating the local aquaculture sector. We see this as a long-term investment, but we firmly believe that countries like Zambia have a lot of potential in aquaculture and could eventually become an important producer of food for the wider region. At Skretting, we believe it takes local investment to unlock that potential. We 100 percent believe in the potential of the continent and we really believe we should do it in Africa with Africans for Africa,” says Kiers.
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