In fish tanks big enough to practice marathons around
Cargill works with Indian fish farmers by providing aquaculture feed and knowledge.
April 2012 – It might seem odd to have an animal nutrition business in a largely vegetarian country. But, this is India where nothing is as simple as it appears. Fish is a sought-after source of protein in some Indian states, and aquaculture can be one of the most profitable kinds of farming.
Fish “tanks” big enough to practice marathons (around)
The countryside around Rajahmundri, in the state of Andhra Pradesh on India’s East Coast, has 200,000 acres of fish “tanks.” Fish farmers use the word “tanks”, “ponds” really don’t do justice to these expanses of water. “You could run a marathon around some of these tanks,” says Shery Kurian, regional sales manager for Cargill Animal Nutrition (CAN).
The Godavari River runs through the area, and its extensive network of canals allows farmers to draw water to feed their tanks. The fish is then exported to Indian states like West Bengal. Cargill sells aquaculture feed in India, forming many strong relationships with fish farmers from the Andhra Pradesh state.
Education meetings involving farmers and dealers feature real results of Cargill’s aquaculture feed. Area fish farmers come together for a meeting with Cargill. Like an outdoor wedding, a colorful canopy is set up between two fish tanks with guests on folding chairs. Farmers trust Cargill to provide their fish feed.
That trust is earned. Cargill conducts scientific feeding trials. Farmers are able to see with their own eyes how fish gain weight with Cargill’s Aqua Focus™ feeds. Raised with the traditional feed of rice bran, fish take a year to reach market weight. On Cargill’s feed, they are ready to sell in six months.
Cargill employees travel with kits to test water quality. Visits to fish farmers typically start at 5 a.m. and finish before noon because of the heat. Cargill looks forward to long-lasting relationships with the fish farmers of Andhra Pradesh and India.
Nutrition backed by technology
Cargill combines research and development in animal science, analytical processes, laboratory work and mathematical models to aquaculture feed. Cargill’s approach to aquaculture nutrition focuses on:
- Nutritional requirements of the species
- Quality, cost and logistics
- Feed formulation, technology, innovation and research
- Feed manufacturing technology
- Farming practices
- Food consistency, nutritional quality, and food safety
Learn more about aquaculture feed at Cargill Animal Nutrition and Feed.