Monday, November 30, 2009

Current Aquafeed and Aquaculture in Thailand

Dr. Juadee Pongmaneerat, Senior Expert in Fishery Product and Inspection, Thai Department of Fisheries, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand is a leading country in aquaculture and aquatic feed development. The country boasts 64 feedmills and premix plants for aquafeed, of which 10 are GMP standard and six HACCP certified. The Department of Fisheries (DoF) has developed policies for food safety standards and promotes the CoC and GAP for aquaculture farms, and GMP and HACCP standards for feed manufacturing, over and above basic feed safety and quality control regulations.
In 2009 some 1.25 million tonnes of aquafeeds were consumed: 672,000 tonnes shrimp feed and 581,800 tonnes fish feed.

The status of economic aquatic species such as marine shrimp, giant fresh water prawn and tilapia will be presented. The DoF regulatory framework for quality control, the inspection and certification system for feed manufacturing and fishery products processing plants will also be discussed.