45 Filipino aqua feedmill managers, engineers, feed formulators, nutritionists, extruder technicians, and operators attended USSEC’s Aquafeed Extrusion Technology Seminar in Quezon City on April 1. The workshop helped feedmillers to understand how to use the extrusion process to maximize the usage of U.S. soy products in aquafeed formulations for fish and shrimp. This also helps to improve their production efficiency and profitability, thus increasing the use of U.S. soybean meal and other U.S. soy products.
Levy Loreto L. Manalac, USSEC Philippines Technical Manager - Aquaculture presented an introduction to USSEC’s Southeast Asia (SEA) Soy in Aquaculture Program in the Philippines and SEA. Dr. Mian Riaz, Head of Extrusion Technology at Texas A&M University, presented and discussed “Aqua Feed Production by Extrusion/Principles of Extrusion Technology for Improving Quality of Extruded Aquaculture Feed” and “Raw Materials Properties for Aqua Feed Extrusion.” Dr. Riaz also discussed how to use the extrusion process to maximize the usage of U.S. soy products in aquafeed formulations for fish and shrimp.
“The seminar helped us to understand the importance of correct extrusion processes and technology in the usage of U.S. soy products, which are widely used in the aquafeed milling industry,” said Erwin Villar, Plant Supervisor, Oversea Feeds Corp.
The Philippines is a loyal customer to the U.S. soy industry. Currently, Philippine aquafeed millers use 80 to 90 percent U.S. soybean meal in aquafeed formulations for fish and shrimp.