Monday, January 22, 2018

22/01/2018: Biorigin sponsors aqua event in Italy

Biorigin will be the sponsor and exhibit in the second edition of Aquafarm, an international conference and exhibition focused on technologies, products, and best practices for sustainable fish production, to be held on 15th and 16th February 2018 at the Pordenone Exhibition Centere, Italy.
 


During the event, Biorigin will be at the booth #5.25 and will show natural solutions for fish health, such as MacroGard, a beta 1.3/1.6 glucan product that balances natural defences, providing a more efficient protection against viral, bacterial, and parasitic challenges, resulting in higher resistance and better performance.

ActiveMOS, containing mannan oligosaccharides, contributes to the maintenance of the intestinal integrity of fish, particularly during growing stages and challenging situations, preventing the penetration of pathogens and favouring nutrient absorption, will also be one of the highlights of Biorigin’s stand at the fair.

On February 16th at 3:30pm, Baldassare Fronte of the University of Pisa, Simona Rimoldi and Genciana Terova of the Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, will present the results of experiments with HiCell, an autolysed yeast, tested as an alternative nutritional source to fish meal, and derivatives, and its effects on performance and intestinal morphology of fish.

For further information on the event, click HERE.

On Biorigin
Biorigin is a Brazilian company established in 2003 that applies knowledge and technology to develop innovative solutions in 100 percent natural ingredients, based on biotechnological processes, for animal health and welfare. Our portfolio includes 100 percent safe products, ensured by the total traceability of its production process, and quality guaranteed by the certifications FSSC 22000, ISO 9001, ISO 22000, Kosher, and Halal.

For further information on Biorigin and its products, click HERE.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

22/01/2018: Aquaculture on Volta Lake gets boost, Ghana

According to a recent ModernGhana press release, zonation of the Volta Lake in Ghana has been carried out to help streamline fish farming activities on the Lake and to ensure orderly and sustainable aquaculture development in the country

The zonation was also to help establish the best possible areas for aquaculture production on the lake, as well as to determine the maximum fish production from aquaculture that could be sustained without adverse environmental degradation.
 

Volta River - Sogakope, Ghana
Image credit: Dan Sloan on Flickr
(CC BY-SA 2.0)

A dissemination workshop has therefore been held in Accra by the Fisheries Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development to discuss the findings on the zonation of the Volta Lake with major stakeholders managing the lake.

Officials from the Water Resources Commission, Water Research Institute (WRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Volta River Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Volta Lake Transport, Ghana Maritime Authority and the Ghana Meteorological Agency, participated in the day's workshop that was held in Accra.

The findings of the zonation, which was carried out by researchers at the CSIR-WRI revealed that cage fish culture on the Volta Lake has a potential of becoming a viable industry in Ghana, and that indications also suggested that fishing activity would spread over the lake.

The findings, therefore recommended that efforts at zoning the Lake to contain activities was critical. The Lake runs from the northern part of the country through Yeji in the Brong Ahafo Region, to the Eastern and Volta Regions respectively.

Mr Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, said the zonation programme fell under the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project being implemented by the Ministry and its sectorial partners to boost the fishing industry.

He said despite the huge size of the Volta Lake, not every portion of it was conducive for aquaculture, which had been a pivot of the Government's focus of turning the fishery sector around.

He said the zonation of the Lake would therefore, drastically reduce the time and cost investors would use in determining the best places to site their fish farms, which was the main source site for aquaculture production.

'Therefore, copies of maps of best areas for aquaculture on the lake as determined by the zonation will be sent to all Government agencies regulating aquaculture on the lake as well as regional and zonal offices of the Fisheries Commission. This will help the agencies to guide potential investors on areas to site their farms.

Mr Cudjoe said the zonation would help reserve the high priority areas for aquaculture on the lake for investment so as to reduce conflicts and tensions with other users of the Lake. He said among others, the zonation would provide the necessary information for the Government to open up the high priority areas for aquaculture by providing the necessary infrastructure like electricity, road networks and portable water where applicable, to support aquaculture in those areas.

He appealed to the agencies with the mandate for aquaculture development to collaborate actively in harmonising and even discarding some of the existing procedures and processes that delay permitting processes.

Dr Ruby Asmah, Senior Research Scientist of WRI-CSIR, lead researcher, said study on the zonation was started in 2015 and factored on the environmental, economic and socio aspects, all geared towards making the aquaculture production benefit all communities and farmers along the Lake.

She said the Lake from Akosombo, spanning through Yeji was studied to, know how the farmers were operating, how much fishes they were producing per year, how much feed were being put in the Lake, without affecting other users, and how much fish could be produced in all.

Dr Asmah said the Fisheries Commission needed to run with the findings, design and implement policies based on the findings to improve fish production and to save the country from importing more than 50 percent of its fish stock and save some foreign exchange.


Visit the Ghanaian Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development website, HERE.

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Biorigin company profile



Biorigin is a Brazilian company which mobilises knowledge and technology to promote health and quality of life. Using biotechnological processes, it produces natural ingredients for flavor enhancement, sodium reduction, shelf life extension in food market; and nutritional enrichment of feeds and substitutes for antibiotics.


It is a business unit of Zilor, a company with more than 65 years of experience and one of the largest Brazilian producers of ethanol, sugar and electricity from sugar cane.

Biorigin was founded in 2003, and in 2008 acquired the companies PTX Food Corp in The United States and Immunocorp and Animal Health, in Norway, expanding and strengthening its international presence.


Visit the website HERE.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

19/01/2018: Global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems

From the 5th - 8th December 2017, the Global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 

Through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world has committed to ending all forms of malnutrition. Reorienting food systems across all actors and levels, towards improving nutrition outcomes (nutrition-sensitive food systems) is central to achieving this goal, as was recognised in the second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Framework for Action and further strengthened by the declaration of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025.

The CGIAR has also committed to improvements in food and nutrition security with specific targets for increasing dietary diversity of women and reducing micronutrient deficiencies up to 2030. Fish is uniquely placed to contribute to this goal, yet has received inadequate attention in debates on nutrition-sensitive food systems.

In the video below, Dr Hamady Diop, Head of Natural Resources Governance Food Security and Nutrition, NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) Agency speaks to the importance of fish as a tool for development in Africa.


A wide range of youtube videos relating to the global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems is available on the World Fish youtube channel, HERE.

Visit the global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems website, HERE.

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19/01/2018: Opportunities are within industry’s grasp but uncertainty grows, says NOAH’s second Brexit Barometer

Lack of Government progress contributes to increasing uncertainty surrounding the Post-Brexit future of the animal medicines industry 

NOAH’s second Brexit Barometer report has revealed that animal medicines businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about the future of the industry post-Brexit. Increasing levels of complexity and a lack of Government progress overall were found to bekey contributors to the rising concerns.
 

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However, the findings revealed that despite an increase in levels of uncertainty compared to the previous Brexit Barometer in May 2017, the industry is by no means losing hope. NOAH’s Brexit Conference, held in November 2017, where the sentiment survey in the second Barometer was undertaken, revealed many areas of convergence and ways in which organisations and stakeholders across the sector are already working together to achieve a successful Brexit.

The changing sentiment was tracked across the same six lenses: animal health and welfare, public health and food production, trade and investment, R&D and innovation, bringing new products to market and post-licensing controls for the overall market. Key findings include:

- Public health and food production remains the most optimistic of the six areas overall with over a third (38%) feeling ‘optimistic’ or ‘very optimistic’
- More than a third (39%) now feel ‘optimistic’ or ‘very optimistic’ in comparison to 30 percent previously with regard to bringing a product to market
- Trade and exports continue to be a cause for concern with almost a quarter of respondents (23%) now feeling ‘very pessimistic’ in comparison to zero percent who previously felt this negative.

NOAH also gathered feedback from delegates on the level of progress the industry feels is being made by Government against each of the topics, which revealed an increasingly negative sentiment. 84 percent considered that Government is not progressing well with negotiations overall with additional key findings as below:

- 85 percent considered that in terms of bringing a product to market negotiations are not progressing well or even progressing at all
- A close second in terms of limited progress was the trade and exports topic with only 20 percent reporting that progress is going well or reasonably well
- The topic of animal health and welfare in the UK elicited the most positive response with almost half (45%) believing it is progressing reasonably well or well.

NOAH Chief Executive Dawn Howard commented, “Our second Brexit Barometer report paints a picture of growing uncertainty, which we as an industry need to address. Whilst Government progress is a major contributor to the rising concerns, we cannot be complacent and simply wait for action from Government. Following our November conference, we undertook additional research with our members that revealed what the current landscape means to their customers and what they should do in response. The overriding sentiment as we enter the ‘post-divorce’ stage is that avoiding a ‘hard Brexit’ would present us with opportunities that we can capitalise upon and an optimistic undertone came through. We all recognise that there are steps that as an industry we can take and it is very reassuring to see convergence across our member organisations already taking shape. “Recognising key areas of concern is of paramount importance so that we are ready to take action to achieve success within these areas. Safeguarding a skilled workforce, championing the UK jobs market and looking ahead to what may be in store with regard to regulatory changes and licensing frameworks are all possible even at this early stage. We will continue to work closely with our members and stakeholders to ensure that we make Brexit as successful as we possibly can for the animal medicines industry.”

The next Brexit Barometer will be launched in summer 2018.

For more information visit the NOAH website, HERE.

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19/01/2018: Registration opens for AFIA’s feed industry institute

The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its biennial Feed Industry Institute (FII), happening June 11-14 in St. Louis, Missouri

The conference, which has been held every other year since merging with the National Feed Ingredients Association in 1992, brings together roughly 125 individuals in the industry to learn the basics of the animal food manufacturing process – from the types of foods used to the animals served to federal policies that shape the output of the industry.
 

“The Feed Industry Institute is ideal for people who are new to the livestock feed or pet food industry, as it provides a good overview of animal health and nutrition,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA’s director of quality, animal food safety and education. “Throughout the four-day educational program, industry experts share practical information and best practices for attendees. Our goal is that attendees not only understand how to manufacture high-quality animal food, but why doing so is so essential for animal productivity and well-being.”

The 2018 FII will include an overview of the US feed industry, animal physiology and nutrition basics, information on the types of ingredients used in animal food and why, the role of medications and other additives in animal food, and various processing techniques. It will also look at agriculture’s role in building consumer trust, the role of international trade and provide an overview of state and federal regulations.

The full agenda can be found on the event’s website, HERE


In addition to the educational program, there will be a reception on Monday, June 11, and a networking outing to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on Wednesday, June 13. The baseball outing is an additional $50 and includes a ticket to the game and $25 worth of “Cardinal bucks” to be used for food and drinks in the stadium. 

AFIA encourages people to register between now and March 30 to receive the discounted rate of $650 for AFIA members and $800 for non-members. The AFIA member rate includes a $100 discount for registering online. Fees will increase April 1.

For more information about FII and to register, visit the event’s website, HERE or contact Connie Samuels, AFIA’s manager of meetings and events, at (703) 558-3573.
 

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FAMSUN company profile



Muyang Co, Ltd recently announced changing its brand name from Muyang to FAMSUN starting May 2014. This move is prompted by the idea of better illustrating the company’s business and the farm-to-table industry chain it serves. It is consistent with Muyang’s global strategy and its aim of becoming an integrated solution provider in the agro-industry.

FAMSUN originates from “famous, farm, family, sun and union”; it implies Muyang Co, Ltd’s development concept and vision, which is to build a green and healthy supply chain from farm to table together with its customers and to convert traditional agriculture into a modern, profitable and sustainable business with its integrated solutions in feed manufacturing, grain milling, grain handling and storage, food processing, as well as industrial automation.

The creative design of the FAMSUN logo features a beveled letter “F”, a curvy letter “A”, a stretching letter “S” and a friendly letter “U”. It will be the only signage representing Muyang’s business, products, service and solutions. Meanwhile, the company will continue to operate in its current structure, provide follow-up service based on relevant agreement, and its business contacts will remain unchanged. 


Visit the website HERE.

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