New release in Q3 2017
- 100x more productive compared to open ponds (125 kg/m2 annual production)
- 25% higher survival rate
- 50% lower feed cost
- 99% water reduction
- Control over water quality. Control over tempature conditions
By TTC Mobile:
TTC Mobile gathered insights on consumers’ attitude and behavior on fish consumption in Kenya on behalf of the FoodTechAfrica project. Compared with findings from the same study in 2013, the survey showed remarkable differences, hinting to a rapidly changing fish market. Data from the TTC Mobile survey was analyzed by FoodTechAfrica and confirms the need for continued investment in local fish production.
Decreased consumption seems to be a result of increasing fish prices and lower output of Lake Victoria. On average, respondents in Kisumu answered that they are willing to pay 362 KES per kilo. In 2013, the average our respondents were willing to pay was 249 KES per kilo, an increase of 45% in only four years. The apparent relationship between the rise in prices and decreased consumption is also reflected in the 50% of the respondents in Kisumu that answered that their most important barrier to fish consumption is the high price.
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Today, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries Hon. Willy K. Bett, EGH, officially opened the Unga Holdings Ltd fish feed factory in Nairobi, Kenya. Alongside the Chairman of the Board of Seaboard Corporation and Frans Makken, the Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya.
The factory has the capacity to produce 5,000 tons of high quality extruded floating fish feed annually for the East African market. It is the first facility of such level of quality in East Africa that will produce the much needed high-quality floating fish feeds, the single most important impediment to the growth of the aquaculture (fish farming) sector in the region. High-quality feed enable fish farmers to increase their output and lower their production costs per kg.
Currently, the supply gap for fish increases rapidly as fish stocks in Lake Victoria have been dwindling due to overfishing and a growing population. This leads to a demand for affordable and healthy animal protein.
Unga Holdings Ltd –manufacturer of human nutrition and animal nutrition products and joint venture of Unga Group Ltd and US-based Seaboard Corporation – developed the factory within the framework of the Dutch Public Private Partnership FoodTechAfrica. This partnership is initiated and coordinated by Larive International and has been working on the development of the entire aquaculture value chain in East Africa since 2013.
The partnerships consists of 14 public and private partners, each offering complementary skills and expertise. Dutch partners Ottevanger Milling Engineers and Almex Extrusion designed and manufactured the facility’s state-of-the-art equipment. Global animal feed player Nutreco has entered into a commercial agreement with Unga and provides in-depth knowledge and expertise on feed formulation, production and marketing. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides co-financing to the consortium’s activities.
Wouter van Vliet and Menno Morenc are currently with the FoodTechAfrica project team in Kenya for the opening.
They are happy with this step bold forward. According to Wouter ‘The opening of the feed factory is solving the classic ‘chicken-and-egg’ problem in which the aquaculture sector development is held back by.’