Americas Fish Farmers Continue IPRS Training via Virtual Technology
USSEC is continuing to use a teleconferencing approach with target audiences with the interest, capacity, and desire to start implementing the In Pond Raceways System (IPRS) in the Americas region.
During the month of May, USSEC worked with customers of Vimifos, a Mexican aqua feed mill, and with Colombian tilapia producer FishCorp through Zoom teleconferences. More than 80 people including owners, technical managers, operators, and personnel from the technical and commercial areas of the feed plant, as well as USSEC consultants Esau Arana and Jairo Amezquita, were connected during the events learning about this technology and reviewing details for its implementation. FishCorp will be building 24 raceways in 10 ha to produce around 900 tons/year of red tilapia. USSEC appreciates the industry’s interest in the constant search for efficiency, sustainability, and profitability despite the difficult situation that the world and the industry are going through. After the guided trainings, several prospects have shown considerable interest in the technology and have requested USSEC’s support for its next implementation.
USSEC consultants will continue to provide remote support until there is an opportunity to return to the field and prepare field demonstrations that will allow producers to be more certain of the investment and thus verify the economic benefits. Currently, there are more than 250 cells or raceways in the region operating productively and profitably with more than 50 under construction, located mainly in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Colombia.
USSEC Americas will continue to work to incorporate teleconferencing approaches so that key experts continue to reach target audiences remotely. This includes teleconferencing approaches when feasible, allowing USSEC to engage with key audiences, no matter what the challenges are. In this way, USSEC will continue promoting the use of U.S. Soy in aquaculture diets as the most sustainable vegetable protein in the world.