Promoting the Quality of U.S. Soybeans to Southeast Europeans through Education Proves to be More than Merely Disseminating Knowledge
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The role of USSEC’s technical consultants varies according to the situations they encounter in the field. It ranges between customer service, person-to-person training or group education in animal nutrition and technical advice in the customer’s day-to-day operation. In this regard, the past year’s efforts of USSEC in Southeast European countries in disseminating the latest knowledge and providing access for local nutritionists to high caliber experts led to important improvements in performances of the local feed and meat industries. The Romanian poultry industry has been steadily expanding for the past several years and in the meantime, has achieved excellent performances. It has become a modern and key supplier of poultry products to the local consumer and to a large number of the central and eastern European countries, all while increasing its importance as a consumer of U.S. Soy products.
In a recent dialogue with the Romanian Feed Association, USSEC consultant Dr. Jan van EYS stated, “Animal nutrition today is a fast changing field of information and newly developed scientific knowledge is quickly adopted at the level of the commercial feed mills and farms. As USSEC consultants, we have been striving to transfer the latest knowledge in the field of digestible amino acids and metabolizable energy in soy to regional customers, and we encourage nutritionists to apply these most recent data – and the associated benefits - of U.S. Soy in their formulations.”
Aurelian Zarnescu, the vice president of the Romanian Feed Association added, “By implementing state-of-the-art knowledge and the experience shared by USSEC consultants, our nutritionists are able to put the most recent information into practice and as a result, we are achieving excellent technical and economical performances today, especially in poultry. We believe in a long term, constructive relationship build on trust, and maximum sharing of information. We are sure that our growers will benefit enormously from this. The role of USSEC and its support team is evident.”
Early this year, Bunge Romania imported more than 65,000 metric tons of U.S. Soy, which has largely been used in the Romanian and Bulgarian poultry and swine sectors. For 2016, the U.S. Soy industry is on speed to increase this amount by more than 10 percent. In addition to this progress, we are focusing increased attention to the ruminant and aqua sector, which should help in realizing the set objectives significantly.