Broodstock feed for African farms

DANISH feed group BioMar is launching a high performing range for tilapia and African catfish, increasing its presence in the African market.

The continent has huge demands for more food, which could be partly fulfilled by aquaculture, said BioMar’s Ole Christensen.

‘BioMar Group has ambitious targets and initiatives for shaping an efficient and sustainable global aquaculture in collaboration with the entire aquaculture value chain.’

African catfish and tilapia farming has increased in recent years, and BioMar has served this market from France with starter and grower diets.

Now, as farms become increasingly intensive, BioMar is targeting broodstock diets, with a new feed range aimed at all tilapia and catfish farmers in Africa.

The company has drawn on expertise from its global R&D, in collaboration with its unit in Costa Rica – where tilapia is also popular – to develop its new feeds.

‘The goal of broodstock feed EFICO Genio 838F is to increase reproduction capacity,’ said Michel Autin, technical director of BioMar EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

‘The vitamin mix and levels are fine tuned to promote an increase in the number of females actively spawning.

‘Our newly developed broodstock feed has a formulation that includes the necessary protein and vitamin balances, which contributes to increased spawning frequency, hatchability, and survival of fry.’

The EFICO Genio 838F includes the probiotic Bactocell and immune modulating ingredients similar to BioMar’s EFICO Genio broodstock feeds for trout, sea bass and sea bream to improve survival and boost the immune system.

‘These efforts have been of great value to the development of the feeds offered by BioMar for warm freshwater fish like tilapia and African catfish,’ said Autin.

‘And now we can, for the first time, provide a broodstock diet that is specialised for warm freshwater fish whose natural diet is largely plant based.’

African aquaculture production is expanding in various ways and into various species, and the markets served by BioMar are not limited to tilapia and catfish.

‘We have for many years also supplied feed to a growing number of sea bass and sea bream farms based in Northern African countries,’ said Ole Christensen. ‘We aim to add value to African aquaculture production.’

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