With shrimp feed quality important to keep production up.
With Saudi looking to diversify from oil and a Vision 2030 program in place shrimp farming is set to increase dramatically in near future.
What more do you need than access to pristine water, sun and abundant land? Well you need the right operational team and the quality feed.
The leader in Saudi is NAQUA – well known in the global industry and there are quite a few licensed sites now and initiatives are underway to develop and ramp up production.
Prawnmaster has just completed a visit to two potential sites this past week – and can confirm that things are hotting up in the region.
Of course, and like any shrimp project, there is complexity and the most important critical success factor is to have the right team in place to take these projects forward.
The shrimp science is known already and to take the businesses to truly profitable operations it is important to have in place the experienced hard working operational and productive individuals in place.
However currently quality and well priced local shrimp feed is a constraint to being fully competitive on the global stage. Raw materials also need to be imported into Saudi.
There is a drive in aquaculture to replace fishmeal with alternatives – bacterial floc meals, SCP’s grown on methane, algal meals and insects. Of special interest is a recent move to growing algae, not for human consumption but as a plant based alternative to feed stock and to replace fishmeal and fish oils. Expensive high purity thus is not as important.
The Saudi region should be well placed to get on board and drive the technology here to look at local algal production that would be used to avoid importation of raw materials for shrimp feed. Growing algae is not dissimilar to growing shrimp – and shrimp hatcheries have been growing pure algal strains for shrimp for decades – now it is a question of taking this to the logical next stage and growing the algae apart, cost effectively de-watering it with appropriate technology and using it for growing out larger shrimp.
Vannamei is the ideal shrimp as it is omnivorous – plant based vegetarian grown shrimp. Why not!
Getting more specific targeted.
Prawns keep an eye….
……broodstock feed “chucki” delivery.
….and yet more antibiotics will make matters worse….so that is not answer to disease thank you very much.
Solutions lie in better specific feed and robust seed.
An increased intensification can only succeed with a correct nutritional profiling of feed and water. Any less and consequent stress expresses disease.
Indias path requires developing BT and indicus and, at same time, making sure seed is robust and feed is good quality…
While alt meat (plant based and lab grown) is set to rise to anywhere from 10-30% of meat consumption for the planet’s human population in the next decade – the driver is a more health conscious consumers cutting down on red meat….and not necessarily a full move to vegetarianism.
Farmed shrimp will continue to grow as a more efficiently grown healthy option in that space.
Alternative animal protein culture – as in lab based – has also shown promise in the insect space…