Monday, November 16, 2015

Feed for The Future: The Challenges and Opportunities for A Better and Sustainable Aquaculture Industry

Dr. M A Kabir Chowdhury, Global Product Manager - Aquaculture, Jefo Nutrition Inc.
The global fed aquaculture has been growing at a much faster rate than any other industry for the better part of the last three decades. In recent years, there are signs of sluggishness mainly because of lower than expected growth in China. Too many species, lack of better genetics and limited information on nutritional requirements of most of these species at various life stages has been a major bottleneck for the industry worldwide. In addition, increasing price of common feed ingredients, lack of quality feed stuffs, poor characterization of their nutrient profiles, poor understandings of anti-nutrients, lack of industry wide standard, poor labeling, and resistance to change or to accept innovative ideas, technologies and products are also some of the major contributing factors. The aqua feed industry could play a major role to reverse the trend in partnerships with the farming community and public institutions. The industry needs to invest significantly to improve the knowledge base on nutritional requirements, ingredient characterization and screening, and to educate the farming community. At the same time, local, regional or national governments should engage themselves in formulating, incorporating, implementing and enforcing policies on proper labeling, labour practices, environmental management, raw material standards, use of antibiotics and other chemicals, and other important issues.
To combat the continuing crises of quality raw materials, maintaining optimum environment and health, and for better production, plethora of products are available and new products are being developed almost every day in an already crowded marketplace. Similar to selecting a raw material, a due diligence needs to be given in screening these products. Most additives available for the industry today were originally developed for other terrestrial animals. From feed manufacturers’ and farmers’ perspectives, choosing a product should depend on species, farming conditions, and finally, the manufacturing parameters. This presentation discusses types of solutions currently available for various challenges being faced by feed manufacturers and farmers including some suggestions for a profitable and sustainable industry.
With broad knowledge and more than 20 years of field experience in  aquaculture production management and nutrition,  Kabir Chowdhury's  academic and research  excellence are reflected in numerous scientific communications published in various outlets.  He received his PhD in Animal Nutrition from the UG/OMNR Fish Nutrition Research Laboratory (FNRL) of the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and MSc from the Asian Institute of Technology of Thailand.
At his current position with Jefo Nutrition Inc., an animal feed additive company from Canada, he manages the worldwide aquaculture program for the organization.

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