Belgium headquartered NUTRIAD, a leader in species specific additive solutions for fish and shrimp, was present with a delegation at Aqua India 2018, a bi-annual event organized by the Indian Society of Aquaculture Professionals (SAP). This year’s event, sponsored by NUTRIAD, was held in Chennai, attracted industry professionals from all over India, following a strong growth year where the country closed in on the global leadership position in shrimp production. NUTRIAD has been present in the Indian market for many years, building relationships with local producers and industry experts.

Aqua India started with a full day session on Key topics in Aquaculture Nutrition. This Nutrition session was attended by aquaculture nutritionists, feed formulators and technical service providers working in feed companies together with researchers and academia in aquaculture nutrition and feed technology.

Topics presented included progress in aquaculture nutrition research and practice, ingredient knowledge and feed formulation, the use of feed additives including organic selenium, enzymes and amino acids, and the need for education in Aquaculture Nutrition.

Nutriad showed its commitment to the Indian Aquaculture Industry through a  Sponsorship for the event and was represented with Mr. Allen Wu, Regional Manager – Aquaculture, Asia Pacific, Business unit Director Aquaculture Dr. Peter Coutteau and Country manager Gnanamani Thangairulappan.

Alexander van Halteren, Business Development Manager Aquaculture Nutrition, presented “Balancing nutrient levels in commercial shrimp feeds” in which he commented on a 2016 Feed Survey organized.

The survey investigated the different nutritional strategies in commercial shrimp feeds during 2016, when the number of shrimp feed suppliers increased sharply. The study analyzed representative feed samples of 8 major brands that were collected in the market. Analysis included proximate composition as well as a number of essential nutrients (amino acids, phospholipids, cholesterol, n-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids). Some of the nutrient levels detected during the survey, revealed the potential for functional feed additives to optimize nutrient utilization in shrimp feeds in India.

“Nutriad is committed to the development of innovative feed additives for aqua customers, that target the specific nutrition and health challenges producers face. We bring practical solutions to the market that build on years of close interaction with fish and shrimp producers around the world,” said Nutriad CEO Erik Visser. “APAC in general and India in particular are part of our strategic focus to further build on our leading position in the feed additives market for aquaculture,” concluded Visser.