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Nutreco acquires controlling stake in Indian aquatech firm

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
5 August 2022, at 12:30am

Nutreco has announced it will increase its stake in Eruvaka – which develops cloud-based aquaculture pond management solutions, including real-time monitoring and smart feeders – from 25.45 to 93.7 percent.

Eruvaka's technology includes smart shrimp feeders
Eruvaka's technology includes smart shrimp feeders

These have been widely deployed in India and Latin America © Eruvaka

“The acquisition of a controlling majority stake will enable Nutreco’s aquaculture business line Skretting to deliver in-house on-farm software and smart equipment to shrimp farmers around the world to increase their productivity and reduce the risk for their operations. Nutreco’s plan is to gain full ownership of Eruvaka in the course of 2023,” said the Dutch multinational in a press release.

Founded in April 2012 in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India-based Eruvaka’s features include automatic and intelligent sonic feeding, alerts, pond diagnostics, data recording, analytics and automation. Nutreco's original stake was designed to help scale Eruvaka.

Nutreco CEO, Fulco van Lede, said in a press release: “I am delighted that Nutreco is taking a majority stake in Eruvaka. Our purpose of feeding the future drives us to invest in innovative technologies that improve the sustainability of our food supply chain. This investment demonstrates our commitment to supporting aquaculture farmers in incorporating smart solutions that make their business more productive and efficient.”

“We are grateful to everyone whose expertise and vision brought Eruvaka to where it is today, in particular, the company’s dedicated employees, its most valuable asset; its founder Sreeram Raavi, who not only invented the original concept but whose vision and drive brought it successfully to market; and aqua/agritech-focussed private equity firm Omnivore, whose early belief and investment in the company was instrumental to its growth. We are looking forward to further developing and growing Eruvaka together with its great team of employees.”

Eruvaka CEO Kunal Choudhary added: “Eruvaka has formed the basis for the exceptionally successful Skretting 360+ concept. We have been able to work with farmers to reduce uncertainty, provide peace of mind, increase productivity and reduce risk.”

This technology has been integrated into Skretting’s offering for clients in Latin America since 2018 and has enabled farmers to reduce production costs and increase yield and sustainability parameters, while significantly reducing their risk.

Carlos Miranda, managing director of Skretting LatAm, added: “Together with Skretting premium extruded diets and the Skretting technical support, this enabled shrimp farmers to maximise their results and improve their production performance, considerably increasing growth and survival, and reducing the average FCR and cost by 26 percent. We are proud of supporting our farmers and the market growth in LatAm in this way and are committed to continuing this journey with our customers to pursue continuous improvement of efficiency and sustainability through innovation and digitalisation.”

Since 2019 Nutreco has made over 10 investments across Asia, Latin America, Africa, Australia, Europe and North America.