Cargill launches tech centre at Kaikaluru

Following the launch of its first dedicated fish feed plant in Vijayawada last month, Cargill launched its Technology Application Center (TAC) in Kaikaluru on Wednesday. The TAC is designed to help farmers in accessing innovations and applying the best possible solutions to grow healthy seafood and earn higher profits. According to a company release, the TAC covers 3.60 hectares that hosts 20 fish and shrimp ponds and features a training facility and research station that supports innovation in aquaculture feed development. It is Cargill’s latest investment in aquaculture research and development in Asia South. By mid-2018, the company will have opened new technology application centres in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and India. “India is an important and fast-growing aquaculture market. This centre will enable Cargill to speed up the pace of product development and deliver better feed solutions to shrimp and fish farmers alongside our new fish feed plant in Vijayawada and our shrimp feed plant in Rajamahendravaram. It will enable us to increase our support for India’s aquaculture industry,” said Chad Gauger, Managing Director of Cargill’s aquaculture nutrition business in South Asia.

The centre also serves as a facility to educate and train fish and shrimp farmers in feed application and better management practices, for increased efficiency and profitability. “The TAC will facilitate the improvement of the standards of fish and shrimp farming in the region through training and innovation,” said Jesper Clausen, Technology Application lead, Cargill’s aquaculture nutrition business in Asia.

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