Aller Aqua’s lat­est plant her­alds Danes’ on­ward ad­vance into Africa

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DAN­ISH feed com­pany Aller Aqua has long had an in­ter­est in African aqua­cul­ture, with a ma­jor pres­ence in Egypt, Nige­ria, Kenya and Ghana. But its lat­est in­vest­ment of $10 mil­lion in a feed fac­tory in Zam­bia demon­strates a step-up in its com­mit­ment to the sec­tor’s fu­ture.

avail­abil­ity, eco­nomic feed con­ver­sion rate, high and con­sis­tent qual­ity, train­ing and lo­cal pres­ence.

Niels Lundgaard, the group’s com­mer­cial di­rec­tor in Africa, told del­e­gates dur­ing a sem­i­nar on build­ing value chains that the Aller Aqua ap­proach is ‘let’s grow to­gether’.

This means hir­ing lo­cal teams wher­ever the com­pany has bases, en­sur­ing the con­stant avail­abil­ity of qual­ity feed, and fa­cil­i­tat­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing by bring­ing in ex­perts.

In Nige­ria, for ex­am­ple, to make feed avail­able to all the small farm­ers, Aller tors through­out the coun­try, giv­ing nearly na­tion­wide cov­er­age.

The ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing has en­abled many farm­ers to change from be­ing Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria).

In Zam­bia, they have gone fur­ther and built a $10 mil­lion fully au­to­mated feed mill, ‘the most mod­ern in Africa’, which was due to start pro­duc­tion in early Au­gust. Ca­pac­ity is an­other ex­tru­sion line.

Aller Aqua, which was the main spon­sor for agree­ment with Yalelo, one of the world’s lead­ing tilapia aqua­cul­ture com­pa­nies, based near Si­avonga on the shores of Lake Kariba.

The new fac­tory gives the feed sup­plier a ba­sis for ex­pan­sion in Zam­bia, a coun­try that aims to be to ex­port to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries such as An­gola, Zim­babwe, Mozam­bique, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Tan­za­nia, South Africa and Congo.

Lundgaard later told Fish Farmer that the agree ‘But the plant also opens up pos­si­bil­i­ties. I’m sure the fac­tory will see great growth in a short pe­riod.’

One of the dif­fer­ences be­tween Zam­bia and Ni he said, is avail­abil­ity of the needed raw ma­te­ri­als.

To a large ex­tend th­ese can be pro­cured lo­cally in Zam­bia, ac­cord­ing to Aller Aqua’s man­ager there, Leon Gunter. Zam­bia pro­duces large quan­ti­ties of im­ported.

feed have changed over the years, and the num­ber of in­gre­di­ents that can be used has in­creased markedly.

The use of Zam­bian raw ma­te­ri­als - around pos­i­tive im­pact on the price of feed and also helps Aller Aqua build closer re­la­tion­ships with Zam­bian sup­pli­ers.

Cost is of course a ma­jor is­sue. Feed ac­counts ing and feed com­pa­nies need to bring farm­ers

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