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USSEC Provides Technical Support to Marine Fish Farms in Philippines

Monday, February 13, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC visited different marine fish farms in the Philippines to provide technical support and suggestions to improve their efficiency and production. USSEC was able…

USSEC visited different marine fish farms in the Philippines to provide technical support and suggestions to improve their efficiency and production. USSEC was able to discuss and show on site proper feed management using the satiation setting technique using extruded floating feed.

USSEC was able to provide additional knowledge and information in marine fish hatchery biosecurity and production improvement, and proper fish culture management and feeding management to marine fish cage operators in Luzon and Mindanao, Philippines.

Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC Asia Marine Aquaculture Specialist, and Levy Loreto L. Manalac, USSEC Technical Manager – Aquaculture, Philippines discusses and demonstrates USSEC’s satiation feeding technique using extruded floating feeds to Carlos Co and staff of Oversea Feeds Corp. Marine fish Cage Farm in Carcar, Cebu, Philippines on December 12

Mr. Lan checks the nursery tanks and water filtration system of Finfiah Hatcheries Inc. to improve its marine fish fingerling production

 

 

 

 

 

Indonesia’s MMAF Continues to Support Development of Mariculture Industry

Monday, January 23, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
Despite a budget reduction that took effect in 2017, Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) has continued to support the development of offshore…

Despite a budget reduction that took effect in 2017, Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) has continued to support the development of offshore mariculture in Indonesia. In addition to rehabilitating 1,000 cages, the ministry, in cooperation with state-owned company Perindo Management, will build offshore marine cages operation in three different locations in Indonesia to promote the offshore mariculture system as well optimizing resources and improving seafood production, technology dissemination, and business diversifications (nursery), in addition to improving community income.

The locations selected for offshore mariculture farming are marine waters around Karimun Jawa in the Java Sea, marine waters around Cilacap and Pangandaran in the Indian Ocean, and Sabang Island in Aceh. The cages are expected to support the development of sea bass, pompano and cobia.

Each of the 6 cages, which are 50 meters in diameter, is expected to produce 500 metric tons (MT) per crop, thus targeting an additional 1500 MT in fish production from the three locations. Continued support from the government on mariculture development is in line with USSEC’s policy to support offshore mariculture. Mariculture production will increase the utilization of quality feed, including potential use of U.S. soybean meal in aquafeed.

IPA Applications Rush in Northern Vietnam Demonstrates Need for USSEC Training Courses

Monday, January 16, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
Ms. Tham, farm owner in Hung Yen province of Vietnam, shows the pond where she will construct more IPA raceways   Last August, USSEC and Cargill teamed up to conduct…

Ms. Tham, farm owner in Hung Yen province of Vietnam, shows the pond where she will construct more IPA raceways

 

Last August, USSEC and Cargill teamed up to conduct a seminar that introduced intensive pond aquaculture (IPA) technology to Cargill farm customers in Hưng Yên, a province of Vietnam. Based on the knowledge they gained from the seminar and with the support of Nguyen Huu Tho, Cargill technical manager, farmers started to construct IPA systems on their own land with equipment available locally.

Nguyễn Thị Thắm is among the first IPA adopters in northern Vietnam. She learned the IPA concept at the August seminar and constructed an IPA fixed floor raceway. She has a 3 ha farm, managed by her son, Vũ Duy Hào. At the same time, she ran a hub to collect fish from other farms to supply the market. After stocking tilapia for one month, she was very satisfied with the high survival rate compared to the same source of fingerlings stock to the traditional pond. She already plans to construct more raceways without waiting for the first IPA trial to finish.

There are currently six IPA sites in northern Vietnam: Mr. Phú in Bắc Giang, Mr. Trung in Bắc Ninh, Mr. Lừng in Hà Tây, Mr. Thao in Hà Tây, Mr. Hải in Hà Tây and Mr. Sơn in Thanh Hóa.

In November, USSEC Aquaculture Technical Director – Southeast Asia Lukas Manomaitis and USSEC Aquaculture Technical Manager – Vietnam Võ Hoàng Nguyên paid a visit to the IPA sites in Hưng Yên, Bắc Ninh and Thanh Hóa. They decided to conduct more visits to each IPA site and to organize training for farmers who are constructing and running IPAs by themselves in order to help them do it properly.

USSEC Presents Soy in Aquaculture Program to CJ Philippines Aqua Feedmill

Monday, January 16, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
(L-R) Ronaldo Cruz, aqua product manager, CJ Philippines, USSEC RP-TM Levy Manalac and Chang Ku Yoon, president & CEO, CJ Philippines, Inc. after the USSEC presentation…

(L-R) Ronaldo Cruz, aqua product manager, CJ Philippines, USSEC RP-TM Levy Manalac and Chang Ku Yoon, president & CEO, CJ Philippines, Inc. after the USSEC presentation of USSEC SEA and Philippines Soy in Aquaculture Program in CJ Philippines Inc. Feedmill in San Rafael, Bulacan, Philippines

 

USSEC met with Chang Ku Yoon, president & CEO, CJ Philippines, Inc., and Ronaldo Cruz, aqua product manager, CJ Philippines, to present the USSEC Southeast Asia (SEA) and Philippines Soy in Aquaculture program and to discuss the Philippine Aquaculture Industry in CJ Phils Inc. Feedmill in San Rafael, Bulacan, Philippines.

USSEC discussed the ongoing programs in feedmill and nutrition where aquafeed nutritionists are guided in optimizing U.S. soybean meal in aquafeed formulation and other U.S. Soy products in a least cost formulation. The Low Volume High Density (LVHD) cage aquaculture and pond feed based technologies were also discussed to improve aquaculture production through sustainable and environmentally friendly practices using extruded floating feeds.

CJ Philippines Inc. is planning to revive their aquafeeds production and be present in the aquaculture feed industry. USSEC suggested that it is better for CJ Aqua Feeds to produce high quality feeds that will give farmers faster growth for fish and better feed conversion rates (FCR).

FAS Opens Yangon Office, Aims to Strengthen Trade, Investment Relations between Myanmar, U.S.

Monday, January 16, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
  Myanmar is a growing market for America’s food and agricultural products. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. agricultural exports…

 

Myanmar is a growing market for America’s food and agricultural products. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. agricultural exports to Myanmar reached a record $15.3 million USD in FY14, up 24 percent from the previous year.

The opening of the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) office in August 2016 at the U.S embassy in Yangon helps build activities and services in Myanmar. USSEC Technical Consultant, Aquaculture – Myanmar May Myat Noe Lwin says, “I believe that this will strengthen importing U.S. soybeans and soybean products to Myanmar as well.”

With the team effort of USSEC and various U.S. agriculture projects and programs, sales are expected to increase significantly. But there is still need of more input from the government body, and the opening of the FAS office with a permanent Agriculture Attaché will fill the gap, especially with the rules and regulations from the government bodies importing U.S. agriculture products.

USSEC’s aquaculture program will work with the FAS program to support the increase of sales of U.S. soybeans and soybean meal sales to Myanmar for its livestock and aquaculture industries.

USSEC Conducts Cage Aquaculture Production Cost Management Seminar in the Philippines

Monday, January 2, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC conducted a cage aquaculture production cost management seminar for the Chinese staff and managers of Sahara Feeds Corp. Milkfish Cage Farm in Taal Lake, Talisay,…

USSEC conducted a cage aquaculture production cost management seminar for the Chinese staff and managers of Sahara Feeds Corp. Milkfish Cage Farm in Taal Lake, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines on December 7.

USSEC Philippines Technical Manager – Aquaculture Levy Manalac discussed how to manage and save on cage aquaculture production cost with the proper use of extruded floating feed and good feeding management with extruded floating feeds in cage culture, as USSEC Asia Marine Aquaculture Specialist Hsiang Pin Lan translated. USSEC also talked about proper feed storage and handling, the importance of sampling and proper recording, the use of quality fry/fingerlings and size grading, and proper fish health management that will help milkfish cage farmers to lower their production cost for better production and profitability.

Managing cage aquaculture production costs will also help improve water quality in the area by having lower feed conversion rates (FCR), thus helping continuous fish farming in the area. This will ensure continuous and possibly increasing demand in U.S. Soy products in local aquaculture feed manufacturing.

Thirteen area managers and technicians of Sahara Feeds Corp. Milkfish Cage Farm attended the seminar.

Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC Asia Marine Aquaculture Specialist, and Levy Loreto L. Manalac, USSEC Philippines Technical Manager - Aquaculture present the USSEC Cage Aquaculture Production Cost Management seminar to Chinese staff and managers of Sahara Feeds Corp. Milkfish Cage Farm in Taal Lake, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines on December 7

Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC Asia Marine Aquaculture Specialist, and Levy Loreto L. Manalac, USSEC Philippines Technical Manager – Aquaculture present the USSEC Cage Aquaculture Production Cost Management seminar to Chinese staff and managers of Sahara Feeds Corp. Milkfish Cage Farm in Taal Lake, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines on December 7

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Asian Sea Bass to be Developed in Indonesia’s Mariculture Industry in 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, through the Directorate General of Aquaculture of Indonesia, signed an agreement last month with the Norwegian government…

The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, through the Directorate General of Aquaculture of Indonesia, signed an agreement last month with the Norwegian government and a private Norwegian mariculture enterprise to develop a mariculture industry of Asian sea bass or barramundi (Lates calcarifer) in offshore floating cages in Aceh (Sumatra), West Java, Sulawesi, and Papua provinces in Indonesia.

The mariculture scenario will be based on Norway’s successful salmon industry. The offshore cage culture areas, however, will be only about 1 to 3 kilometers from the beach line using round cages with a diameter of 10 to 30 meters and a depth of 4 to 6 meters with full extruded slow-sinking (slinking) pellet feeds with initial production target of around 15,000 tons per year.

There are currently only four big barramundi aquaculture companies in Indonesia: PT. Indomarind (Batam, near Singapore); PT. Lucky Samudra (Seribu Islands, Jakarta Bay); PT. Phillips Seafoods Indonesia; and PT. Bali Barramundi (both are in North Bali) with an estimated production of less than 1,500 tons per year. A long-established barramundi aquaculture company of PT. Fega Mariculture (Seribu Islands, Jakarta Bay) recently collapsed in early 2016 and another newly-built large barramundi aquaculture company PT. Paramount Barramundi (North Bali) was terminated before it started last year due to insufficient cash flow.

A sample of Asian sea bass or barramundi (Lates calcarifer) (Picture taken during USSEC’s feed trial with PT. Phillips Seafoods Indonesia in FY 2011)

A sample of Asian sea bass or barramundi (Picture taken during USSEC’s feed trial with PT. Phillips Seafoods Indonesia in FY 2011)

While the market for filleted barramundi has been confirmed, more technical considerations have been raised to strengthen the industry, as Indonesia’s aquaculture industry is weak in the following areas. First, the genetics and selective breeding of the brooders in hatcheries need to supply premium seeds. Second, fish health (vaccination) is a must during the culture period (16 to 24 months to reach 1.8 to 2.2 kg fillet size) (currently vaccination is a “luxury” procedure in Indonesia’s aquaculture industry) and the last is to provide the industry with premium feeds (with premium ingredients) with the correct feeding method.

USSEC Aquaculture Program in SEA Continues Strong Presence with Long-Term Contractors

Monday, December 12, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
(L to R) Group photo of USSEC SEA Aquaculture Team at an aquaculture farm in Cambodia: Dr. Gede S.Sumiarsa (ID LTS), Mr. Vo Hoang Nguyen (VM TM), Mr. Levy L. Manalac (RP TM),…
(L to R) Group photo of USSEC SEA Aquaculture Team at an aquaculture farm in Cambodia: Dr. Gede S.Sumiarsa (ID LTS), Mr.Vo Hoang Nguyen (VM TM), Mr. Levy L. Manalac (RP TM), Mr. Lukas Manomaitis (APTC), Mr.Pamudi (ID TM), Ms. May Myat Noe Lwin (MM TM), Mr. Hsiang Pin Lan (Asia Marine Specialist)

(L to R) Group photo of USSEC SEA Aquaculture Team at an aquaculture farm in Cambodia: Dr. Gede S.Sumiarsa (ID LTS), Mr. Vo Hoang Nguyen (VM TM), Mr. Levy L. Manalac (RP TM), Mr. Lukas Manomaitis (APTC), Mr.Pamudi (ID TM), Ms. May Myat Noe Lwin (MM TM), Mr. Hsiang Pin Lan (Asia Marine Specialist)

 

The USSEC Southeast Asian Aquaculture Team met in mid-November to summarize the FY16 project year and plan the FY17 and FY18 project approaches.

“We have a strong and long-term team that has been working on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers and the U.S. Soy industry in general to promote the use of U.S. Soy products in the Southeast Asian region,” states Lukas Manomaitis, USSEC Aquaculture Program Lead Technical Consultant – SEA.

The focus for FY17 in particular is to move several initiatives to more advanced stages with continued work on the International Aquaculture Feed Formulation Database (IAFFD) and the marine fish program. Both of these initiatives are supported strongly by qualified state soybean boards (QSSB) with Nebraska, South Dakota, Michigan, and other QSSBs providing support to supplement United Soybean Board (USB), Market Access Program (MAP), and Foreign Market Development (FMD) funds.

“We are very thankful for the trust and support by the QSSBs particularly, as we meet with farmers from these areas on a regular basis,” says Mr. Manomaitis.

The USSEC SEA Aquaculture Program project year runs from November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017 with four primary target nations and several secondary target nations. There are three main SEA projects (with several activities in each) and there is also overlap with at least three other worldwide projects/activities. The SEA aquaculture team expects to continue to drive the message of the value, utility and quality of U.S. Soy to SEA’s aquaculture industry.

USSEC Hosts Myanmar Aquaculture Team in Philippines

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC – Philippines hosted the Myanmar aquaculture team led by USSEC Myanmar Technical Manager-Aquaculture May Myat Noe Lwin to observe and learn the Philippines’…

USSEC – Philippines hosted the Myanmar aquaculture team led by USSEC Myanmar Technical Manager-Aquaculture May Myat Noe Lwin to observe and learn the Philippines’ aquaculture industry July 3-9.

Myanmar’s aquaculture team was able to learn and increase its knowledge on a feed-based culture system in tilapia culture and milkfish and pompano culture by visiting tilapia ponds and cage farms, milkfish cage farms, and a pompano cage farm.

The members of the Myanmar aquaculture team, together with the staff of Santeh Feeds Corp., during the visit to a feedmill plant on July 4

The members of the Myanmar aquaculture team, together with the staff of Santeh Feeds Corp., during the visit to a feedmill plant on July 4

 

The team also visited tilapia breeding stations and research facilities to learn about tilapia breeding practices and techniques. They visited the Freshwater Aquaculture Center – Central Luzon State University (FAC-CLSU), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – National Freshwater Fisheries Technology Center (BFAR-NFFTC), and GenoMar Supreme Philippines, Inc., all located in Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

The Myanmar aquaculture team visited the USSEC Tilapia LVHD Cage demonstration project at Southeast Feeds Corp., Taal Lake, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines on July 8

The Myanmar aquaculture team visited the USSEC Tilapia LVHD Cage demonstration project at Southeast Feeds Corp., Taal Lake, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines on July 8

The Myanmar aquaculture team was better able to understand the aquafeed industry through its visit to Santeh Feeds Corp. and other aquafeed distributors and aqua stores.

The Myanmar aquaculture team visited the USSEC Tilapia LVHD Cage demonstration project at Southeast Feeds Corp., Taal Lake, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines on July 8

The Myanmar aquaculture team visited the USSEC Tilapia LVHD Cage demonstration project at Southeast Feeds Corp., Taal Lake, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines on July 8

 

This learning will help Myanmar’s aquaculture industry to improve its aquaculture production, in particular, tilapia production. These increased productions will translate to an increase in demand for formulated feeds, which will in turn increase demand for U.S. Soy products.

Myanmar’s aquaculture team visited the Santeh Pompano Cage Farm in Bataan, Philippines on July 7

Myanmar’s aquaculture team visited the Santeh Pompano Cage Farm in Bataan, Philippines on July 7

USSEC Hosts Milkfish and High Value Marine Fish Hatcheries Study Tour in Indonesia

Monday, November 14, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC hosted Filipino companies Finfish Hatcheries Inc. and Alsons Aquaculture Corp. on the Milkfish Hatcheries and High Value Marine Fish Hatcheries Study Tour in…

USSEC hosted Filipino companies Finfish Hatcheries Inc. and Alsons Aquaculture Corp. on the Milkfish Hatcheries and High Value Marine Fish Hatcheries Study Tour in Gondol, Bali, Indonesia October 23 – 27.

The USSEC Milkfish Hatcheries and High Value Marine Fish Hatcheries Study Tour featured a presentation of Indonesia’s milkfish and high value marine fish industry and hatchery updates by the Institute for Mariculture Research and Development (IMRAD), and visits to different milkfish hatcheries and high value marine fish hatcheries in Indonesia.

The two companies from the Philippines were able to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Indonesian milkfish and high value marine fish hatcheries, including broodstock management; breeding techniques; larval rearing and production; natural food production, usage and application; and fry/fingerling production and management. They were also able to increase knowledge on the proper construction of hatchery structures.

The Philippines produced 384,425 metric tons (MT) of milkfish in 2015, with an estimated 900 million milkfish fry used. Finfish Hatcheries Inc. is hoping to increase its milkfish fry production after this trip. The estimated milkfish feed requirement is about 840,000 to 920,000 MT.

USSEC Technical Consultants – Aquaculture Levy Manalac and Pamudi, together with the staff of Finfish Hatcheries Inc., and Alsons Aquaculture Corp. from the Philippines pose with officers of Institute for Mariculture Research and Development (IMRAD) during a visit on October 24 to Gondol, Bali, Indonesia

USSEC Technical Consultants – Aquaculture Levy Manalac and Pamudi, together with the staff of Finfish Hatcheries Inc., and Alsons Aquaculture Corp. from the Philippines pose with officers of Institute for Mariculture Research and Development (IMRAD) during a visit on October 24 to Gondol, Bali, Indonesia

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Mr. Manalac and Mr. Pamudi, with the staff of Finfish Hatcheries Inc., and Alsons Aquaculture Corp. and with a technician of C.V. Dewata Laut hatchery on October 26

USSEC Vietnam Focuses on IPA with Biogas Technology

Monday, November 14, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
In Vietnam, there are large amount of renewable energy (RE) resources, which are distributed throughout the country. Energy from biogas is estimated of about 10 billion…

In Vietnam, there are large amount of renewable energy (RE) resources, which are distributed throughout the country. Energy from biogas is estimated of about 10 billion cubic meters (m³), with resources that can be collected from landfills, animal excrement, and agricultural residue. The ten largest Vietnamese pig producers, in 2015, can produce 308.789.465 kilowatts of electricity per day from 158,904 m³ of animal waste.

Biogas from fish farming is not yet technically feasible, because fishpond sludge can only be collected after harvest. With an Intensive Pond Aquaculture (IPA) system with a sludge collector set up at the quiescent zone, however, fish waste can be easily collected daily, even hourly, when the biomass became large in the raceway. These technical properties of IPA allow the consideration of producing biogas from fishpond culture.

Benefits from fish waste biogas include:

  • Methane from fish waste biogas can be used to run the air blower in the IPA system, saving electricity cost
  • Methane from fish waste biogas can be used to warm up water at the inlet of the raceway. This would greatly help farmers in Northern Vietnam, where there was six months of winter season of no culture due to low water temperature.

Today, Vietnam faces several natural resource issues (water, energy) as well as environmental issues in aquaculture (fish pond effluent treatment), which hold up development in the aquaculture industry. USSEC Vietnam is focusing on IPA with biogas technology to promote profitable and sustainable pond aquaculture production. The objectives are to push the use of commercial feed in high tech culture, which consequently increase the demand of soy in aquafeed, especially U.S. Soy products, to create an entire green value chain.

At the biogas in IPA seminar with Cargill farmers in Hung Yen province – Vietnam, USSEC Vietnam Technical Manager - Aquaculture, Vo Hoang Nguyen, introduces USSEC's activities to the audience

At the biogas in IPA seminar with Cargill farmers in Hung Yen province – Vietnam,
USSEC Vietnam Technical Manager – Aquaculture, Vo Hoang Nguyen, introduces USSEC’s activities to the audience

USSEC Supports the Growth of Indonesia’s Mariculture Industry

Monday, November 7, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
In October, USSEC supported the implementation of an offshore mariculture industrial tour to Malta and Italy. The program is expected to allow participants from both…
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In October, USSEC supported the implementation of an offshore mariculture industrial tour to Malta and Italy. The program is expected to allow participants from both government and industry to be exposed to the current status of mariculture in the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Turkey, Italy and Malta are key producers of sea bream and sea bass for the EU market. Those producing countries have established offshore mariculture development for the last decade to improve sustainability.

The tour is expected to improve the policies and practices to support offshore mariculture development in Indonesia. Offshore mariculture would allow the establishment of industrial scale, consistent volume, and quality to meet global seafood market demand. More farmed seafoods would mean more quality aquafeed to produce.

 

USSEC Continues to Support Sustainable Mariculture Development, Shrimp Certification Policies

Monday, October 31, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
  In September, USSEC supported two national level seminars in Surabaya and Jakarta, Indonesia, which were aimed to support the development of a sustainable mariculture…

 

In September, USSEC supported two national level seminars in Surabaya and Jakarta, Indonesia, which were aimed to support the development of a sustainable mariculture development roadmap and shrimp certification policies. The support is expected to guide Indonesian aquaculture industry development to be more competitive, productive, efficient, and sustainable.

The seminars involved the active participation of key stakeholder elements, including government senior officials, the Shrimp Club and shrimp producers, feed mills, and processors/packers, as well as relevant industry stakeholders. A task force will be established to work on improving Indonesia’s shrimp aquaculture industry.

Recent developments have shown that customers and buyers are becoming more aware of the importance of sustainability. Shrimp certification will lead to the use of certified feed and ingredients, which will be highly beneficial to USSEC’s commitment to the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP).

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USSEC Southeast Asia Sponsors Nutritionists to Attend Intense Short Course on Aquaculture Nutrition

Monday, October 24, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC’s aquaculture program sponsored 17 participants to attend the Progressus Aquaculture Nutrition AgriSchool, a five-day intensive short course on aquaculture…
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USSEC’s aquaculture program sponsored 17 participants to attend the Progressus Aquaculture Nutrition AgriSchool, a five-day intensive short course on aquaculture nutrition. Readers may recall that USSEC “declared victory” on the topic of basic training in aquaculture nutrition with Progressus’ decision to create a commercial training program on this topic.

USSEC sponsored 17 of the 55 course participants

USSEC sponsored 17 of the 55 course participants

This program allows USSEC to focus the limited time of its feed nutritionists on more intensive training of key U.S. Soy-using stakeholders. Additionally this event allowed Aquaculture Program Lead Technical Consultant – SEA Lukas Manomaitis to introduce the USSEC-supported International Aquaculture Feed Formulation Database (IAFFD) to the participants, as well as allow them to use the database in a commercial feed formulation program (Bestmix).

It is hoped that a similar course to this, the Aquaculture Feedmilling AgriSchool, may further help USSEC to better use its time for focused events rather than general training of industry. The Aquaculture Feedmilling AgriSchool will be vetted in November of this year.

 

USSEC Participates in 7th Aquatech Philippines

Monday, October 24, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC participated in the 7th Aquatech Philippines:  Aquaculture Expo & Convention in Tagaytay City on July 21. This year’s theme was “Exploring the Latest…

USSEC participated in the 7th Aquatech Philippines:  Aquaculture Expo & Convention in Tagaytay City on July 21. This year’s theme was “Exploring the Latest Innovations for Higher Production, Best Alternatives and Strategies for Global Marketability.”

Aquatech Philippines, for the past six years, has been gathering experts and stakeholders from the aquaculture sector. This sole technical event in the Philippines focusing in aquaculture recognizes the importance of the collection and sharing of knowledge in aquaculture activities by facilitating a comprehensive trade exhibition, technical conference, free livelihood seminars, and fellowship activities. The event aims to develop sustainable aquaculture in the country and contribute to the alleviation of poverty and was attended by nearly 150 participants from different aquaculture stakeholders in the Philippines.

USSEC Technical Manager – Philippines and Southeast Asia Demonstration Coordinator Levy Loreto Manalac presented and discussed “The USSEC Soy In Aquaculture Program’s Work on Improvement of the Philippines Milkfish Chanos chanos Industry Through Better Feed and Feeding Approaches.” USSEC Marine Fish Aquaculture Specialist Hsiang Pin Lan presented and discussed “Milkfish Disease and Health Management: Observations and Findings in Philippines.”

Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC Marine Fish Aquaculture Specialist, discusses “Milkfish Disease & Health Management: Observations & Findings in Philippines” in Tagaytay City, Philippines on July 21

Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC Marine Fish Aquaculture Specialist, discusses “Milkfish Disease & Health Management: Observations & Findings in Philippines” in Tagaytay City, Philippines on July 21

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Levy Loreto L. Manalac, USSEC Philippines Technical Manager and Southeast Asia Demonstration Coordinator, presents “The USSEC Soy In Aquaculture Program’s Work on Improvement of the Philippines Milkfish Chanos chanos Industry Through Better Feed and Feeding Approaches” at the 7th Aquatech: Aquaculture Expo & Convention Philippines 2016

USSEC Southeast Asia Conducts Broodstock Nutrition Seminar in Thailand

Monday, October 10, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC’s aquaculture program recently welcomed an experienced marine fish broodstock expert, Dr. Robert Vassallo Agius, to Thailand to speak primarily to the Asian…

USSEC’s aquaculture program recently welcomed an experienced marine fish broodstock expert, Dr. Robert Vassallo Agius, to Thailand to speak primarily to the Asian sea bass hatchery industry. The target of the presentation was to highlight the importance of formulated broodstock feeds as both a biosecurity measure and for better production. Originally intended for an audience of about 40 participants, the final number swelled to over 60 as industry learned of the seminar’s content, with both commercial and government interest as well as commercial feed firms.thailand1

This topic, and another on larval nutrition and rearing, benefited from the fact that Dr. Agius is one of the leading individuals working on broodstock nutrition in Japan and Europe. It is also an important one as Thailand is a major producer of large numbers of Asian sea bass fingerlings for domestic and regional use, but not particularly high quality ones.

High quantities of high quality marine fish fingerlings are an important step to moving to industrial-scale production of marine fish in Southeast Asia and will lead to a requirement for high quality and consistent feeds for growout operations. It is in that area that USSEC expects expanded promotion of U.S. Soy products in the marine fish aquaculture industry.

Dr. Robert Vassallo Agius, broodstock nutrition expert from Malta

Dr. Robert Vassallo Agius, broodstock nutrition expert from Malta

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Photo from rear of meeting room shows a packed hall with over 60 participants, not including USSEC staff or contractors

USSEC Hosts 9th SEA Trade Mission, Resulting in Trades and Negotiations of $125 Million in U.S. Agricultural Products

Monday, September 19, 2016
Category General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC organized and hosted a Southeast Asia (SEA) trade delegation made up of importers and end-users of agricultural products from August 28 to September 8, 2016 in the…

USSEC organized and hosted a Southeast Asia (SEA) trade delegation made up of importers and end-users of agricultural products from August 28 to September 8, 2016 in the United States. This mission resulted in trades and negotations of more than $125 million in U.S. ag products.

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The main highlight of the mission was the 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 30 and September 1. Throughout the course of the 12-day visit, besides participating in the conference and meeting with U.S. producers and suppliers, participants also had the opportunity to experience firsthand farming operations, grain storage facilities, oilseed crushing plants, transloading and port facilicities, and, in the process, interact and network with U.S. Soy producers, U.S. suppliers and service providers along the U.S. soy supply chain such as loadport surveyors, among others.

The trade mission, led by USSEC’s SEA representatives, was comprised of 57 executives representing 45 companies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The SEA delegation, divided into two separate teams according to their purpose and use of soy products, included senior agricultural industry executives, owners, and directors from trading, crushing, feed milling, livestock-raising, and food processing companies and associations.

The 9th Southeast Asia Trade Team’s mission ran from August 28 through September 8

The 9th Southeast Asia Trade Team’s mission ran from August 28 through September 8

In addition to attending the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in Indianapolis, the SEA (feed) team also participated in the Indiana Field Day event on September 2 where they toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and visited with major grain company Bunge, Integrity Biofuels, and the Reichenbach Farm.

Group Photo at the Reichenbach Farm – Indiana Field Day

Group Photo at the Reichenbach Farm – Indiana Field Day

Meanwhile, the SEA (food) team members traveled toward Cincinnati, Ohio to continue with their program, which included visits with U.S. exporters Ceres Commodities, Bluegrass Farms, and Rogers Grain Inc. While passing through Kentucky and Tennessee, the feed team visited with Ray Mackey on his farm, enjoyed a lunch hosted by the Kentucky Soybean Board, and met with Glen Hutchinson on his farm.

Ray Mackey Farm with corn harvesting in progress

Ray Mackey Farm with corn harvesting in progress

In Nashville, Tennessee, the feed team was further divided into two teams with one group landing in Norfolk, Virginia, while the other group continued on to New Orleans. The program in Norfolk included meetings with Lansing Trade Group, Perdue Agribusiness, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Federal Grain Inspection Service and local farming operations – Batemans, Pendleton, and Moore Farms. In New Orleans, the team visited Thionville Labs, CHS Inc., Bunge, and the Russell Marine Group.

Visit to Thionville Lab

Visit to Thionville Lab

This year’s SEA trade mission was well-received by both team members and U.S. growers, U.S. companies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other ag-organizations that hosted the groups on location and shared their time and expertise to the benefit of the U.S. agricultural industry. Through the support and effort provided by USSEC and the entire U.S. Soy family, the U.S. Soy Advantage message was well-communicated throughout this mission.

Based on written feedback from the SEA trade team, over 350,000 metric tons of U.S. agricultural products with an estimated value of $125 million USD were negotiated and/or traded throughout the course of this mission.

Observing unloading from barge at CHS facility

Observing unloading from barge at CHS facility

Group photo at Bunge’s facility

Group photo at Bunge’s facility

Group photo at RMG’s new office

Group photo at RMG’s new office

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River cruise on tug boat, hosted by Bunge

Thailand delegation at Perdue’s facility

Thailand delegation at Perdue’s facility

USSEC Vietnam Focuses on Specific Feed Ingredients to Promote U.S. Soy Products

Monday, September 12, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
As a result of producing aquafeed with less fishmeal, taurine has risen in importance as an important ingredient that supplies protein.   Taurine allows animals,…

As a result of producing aquafeed with less fishmeal, taurine has risen in importance as an important ingredient that supplies protein.   Taurine allows animals, especially marine fish that require high amounts of protein, to achieve a balanced diet.

Vietnamese feed mills in Vietnam have been specializing in pangasius feed, and feed formulators have not yet turned their focus to taurine.

Recently, another freshwater species, snakehead, became a motivation to use taurine and lecithin in the diet. Snakehead requires high levels of protein and fat in feed (45 percent crude protein, 10 percent crude fat). The role of corn gluten meal (CGM) is also important to steady the unbalanced amino acid profile when using soy products as a main source to replace protein demand in marine fish.

The above-mentioned ingredients need to be recommended to feed formulators in order to get a suitable formulation with the lowest cost. USSEC Vietnam focuses on those specific ingredients, and taurine and lecithin will be a subject in the upcoming Asian Aquaculture Feed Formulation Database (AAFFD) workshop.

USSEC’s goal is to give aquaculture feed formulators more confidence in using a soy-optimized diet. The U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) will be a key method to promote U.S. Soy products during seminars and workshops.

Working with a feed mill to promote U.S. Soy products at a feeding demonstration site in Sadec, Vietnam. (L to R): USSEC Technical Consultant Aquaculture – Philippines Levy Manalac; farm staff Kim Chung; USSEC Technical Consultant, Aquaculture – Vietnam Nguyen Vo Hoang; Viet Thang Feed R&D staff, Tuan Anh

Working with a feed mill to promote U.S. Soy products at a feeding demonstration site in Sadec, Vietnam. (L to R): USSEC Technical Consultant Aquaculture – Philippines Levy Manalac; farm staff Kim Chung; USSEC Technical Consultant, Aquaculture – Vietnam Nguyen Vo Hoang; Viet Thang Feed R&D staff, Tuan Anh

More Than $300 Million of U.S. Agricultural Products Negotiated at 2016 SEA U.S. Agricultural Cooperators Conference

Monday, August 22, 2016
Category General News Southeast Asia 
USSEC organized the 2016 Southeast Asia U.S. Agricultural Cooperators Conference (also known as the Southeast Asia Buyers Conference), together with the U.S. Grains…

USSEC organized the 2016 Southeast Asia U.S. Agricultural Cooperators Conference (also known as the Southeast Asia Buyers Conference), together with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), and Foreign Agricultural Service – U.S. Department of Agriculture (FAS‐USDA), from July 31 to August 3, in Mactan-Cebu, Philippines.

The conference is recognized as the premier agricultural event in the region, and over 120 companies with representatives from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, New Zealand, and the United States participated. The three-day conference, themed “Building Sustainable Agribusiness for the Next Decade,” was attended by more than 230 participants consisting of key U.S. Soy and feed grain customers from across Southeast Asia. A large number of U.S. and international suppliers, regional and local representatives of international trading companies also attended. The Southeast Asia Buyers Conference has long established itself as a venue not just for information and knowledge gathering, but also as a business networking platform to explore opportunities to negotiate and trade U.S. agricultural products.

 

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22 invited speakers, including grower leaders, USSEC senior personnel from the U.S., and renowned industry experts shared their insights on a wide repertoire of relevant industry topics:

  • World Soy, Corn and Wheat Update – Production, Supply and Demand
  • Outlook and Price Scenarios for Oilseeds, Oils & Meal
  • Global Climate Change and its Impact on Agriculture
  • Transportation and Logistics Trends Affecting the Global Agricultural Trade
  • S. Soybean Processing Industry and its Challenges
  • Themes and Innovation Shaping the Evolution in Agriculture
  • China’s Agricultural Landscape and its Impact on Regional Trade
  • Strategic Southeast Asia Country Updates

United Soybean Board (USB) director David Williams gave a presentation on the 2016-17 U.S. soybean crop outlook, sharing details of his own farm in Michigan. Monte Peterson, American Soybean Association (ASA) director, highlighted the U.S. Soy farmers’ commitment to produce the best quality and most consistent product on a daily basis for their international customers. He also discussed the importance of sustainable farm practices including conservation, modern technology, and biotechnology.

Rosalind Leeck, USSEC Marketing Director – Market Access/ FTO, emphasized the commitment of U.S. Soy growers in applying sustainable soy production practices for personal (passing it down to the next generation), social, and commercial reasons. She also shared details of the U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) and explained how importers and end-users can benefit from this program. Keith Schrader, chairman of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and MSR&PC director Paul Dahlseng were also on hand to share their knowledge and experience as U.S. soy growers with the participants.

Overall, participants expressed that the speakers helped them better understand the relevant issues and current trends affecting their business and agriculture as a whole. Many recognize the need for quality inputs, constant information update, production and marketplace best practices as key factors to business sustainability. The interactive panel question and answer sessions continued to be a major highlight of the conference – with the help of a specialized technical application, participants have been able to voice/vote on their questions to speakers candidly resulting in frank and in-depth discussions.

 

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Based on the feedback received, over 1 million metric tons of U.S. agricultural products with an estimated value of USD $300 million (basis futures value only) were negotiated and traded at the conference.

The conference was made possible by South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (main sponsor), funding support from USB, FAS, MSR&PC, and the Kentucky Soybean Board. In addition, the event received outstanding support from 19 corporate sponsors including the CME Group, CoBank, and 17 major commodity trading houses.

Group Photo of Participants & Organizers

Group Photo of Participants & Organizers

Day 1 (AM Session) Panel Session (L-R) USB director David Williams; ASA director Monte Peterson; USSEC Marketing Director – Market Access/FTO Rosalind Leeck; David Adams, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association; Peter Lloyd, U.S. Wheat Associates; David Hightower, The Hightower Report; Thomas Hammer, National Oilseed Processors Association; and Keith Schrader, MSR&PC

Day 1 (AM Session) Panel Session (L-R) USB director David Williams; ASA director Monte Peterson; USSEC Marketing Director – Market Access/FTO Rosalind Leeck; David Adams, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association; Peter Lloyd, U.S. Wheat Associates; David Hightower, The Hightower Report; Thomas Hammer, National Oilseed Processors Association; and Keith Schrader, MSR&PC

USSEC Marketing Director Rosalind Leeck, delivering her paper on U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP)

USSEC Marketing Director Rosalind Leeck, delivering her paper on U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP)

(L-R) John Baize (JB Associates), Estefania De Vera (Philippines Assoc. Feed Millers), Tran Ngoc Thuy Tina (De Heus), David Hightower (Hightower Report), Thomas Hammer (NOPA), Rosalind Leeck (USSEC), Paul Smolen (Agri Networks), Paul Dahlseng (MSRPC), Ryan Sauer (Flint Hills Resources), David Williams (USB), Monte Peterson (ASA), Keith Schrader (MSRPC), John D ’Ancona (Clarksons Platou Asia), John Russell (Tegel Foods), Hanver Li Qiang & Jenny (Shanghai JCI), Boontham Aramsiriwat (Thai Feed Mill Assoc.), Jeffrey Ng (Fed. Livestock Farmers Assocs. Malaysia)

(L-R) John Baize (JB Associates), Estefania De Vera (Philippines Assoc. Feed Millers), Tran Ngoc Thuy Tina (De Heus), David Hightower (Hightower Report), Thomas Hammer (NOPA), Rosalind Leeck (USSEC), Paul Smolen (Agri Networks), Paul Dahlseng (MSRPC), Ryan Sauer (Flint Hills Resources), David Williams (USB), Monte Peterson (ASA), Keith Schrader (MSRPC), John D ’Ancona (Clarksons Platou Asia), John Russell (Tegel Foods), Hanver Li Qiang & Jenny (Shanghai JCI), Boontham Aramsiriwat (Thai Feed Mill Assoc.), Jeffrey Ng (Fed. Livestock Farmers Assocs. Malaysia)

Participants network during a refreshment break

Participants network during a refreshment break

USSEC Indonesia’s Aquaculture Program Takes Part in Promoting Development of Roadmap for Indonesia Marine Aquaculture Development

Monday, August 22, 2016
Category Aquaculture General News Southeast Asia 
  As part of its commitment to promote sustainable marine aquaculture development, Indonesian marine aquaculture stakeholders have established a group to regularly…

 

As part of its commitment to promote sustainable marine aquaculture development, Indonesian marine aquaculture stakeholders have established a group to regularly discuss issues and challenges, along with ways to promote sustainable marine aquaculture production and marketing. The discussions are mainly held via online chats, but are sometimes live through presentations and lunch together.Indonesia

USSEC Indonesia has been working with the group to encourage the development of a roadmap to allow better planning and management of Indonesian marine aquaculture development. The development of marine aquaculture will boost quality feed production in Indonesia, eventually leading to soy use in aquafeed. Marine fish feed production requires high quality ingredients (primarily soy), thus ensuring the potential absorption of U.S. Soy in aquaculture feed production.