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Cargill opens tilapia feed mill in India

Nutrition Tilapia / Cichlids +2 more

Cargill has opened its first Indian aquaculture feed mill, with a capacity of 90,000 tonnes a year, this week.

Located in the city of Vijayawada and acquired from Mulpuri Foods & Feeds, the opening has been hailed by the company as "an important step in Cargill’s work to develop its aqua feed business in India and across Asia".

The plant is located in the Andhra Pradesh region - considered the capital of aquaculture in India - and produces fish feed products for tilapia and other warm water species. Cargill currently works with toll millers in the region, selling about 30,000 tonnes of fish feed a year, so the new plant triples its fish feed capacity in India.

“This is a vibrant market and we’re excited to better serve farmers across Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Bengal,” said Chad Gauger, managing director of Cargill aqua nutrition in South Asia. “The new facility positions us to better meet their demand, as the country will soon become the most populous in the world.”

Cargill invested more than US$10 million in the opening of the plant, which will also bring around 200 new jobs to the region.

“India presents great opportunities for Cargill and plays an important part in our aqua nutrition growth strategy in Asia," said Einar Wathne, president of Cargill Aqua Nutrition. “The plant leverages Cargill’s industrial and supply chain capabilities, as well as our innovation expertise to provide customers with the best possible feed solutions, helping them grow healthy seafood and increase their output.”

The new feed plant marks the introduction of Cargill’s EWOS brand of aqua nutrition fish feed products to India.