Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Blue Aqua join forces with dnata to boost food security in Singapore

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between dnata, a leading global air services provider, and Blue Aqua Food Tech (Blue Aqua) to boost food security in Singapore.

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The partnership will see Blue Aqua up-cycle organic waste from dnata's catering and ground handling operations into alternative insect protein for aquafeeds.

Blue Aqua's innovative bioconversion solution processes underutilised nutrients from the leftovers that can be transformed into quality insect proteins for aquacultural use. The bioconversion is a virtuous circle that makes the insect protein a sustainable and efficient alternative to traditional fishmeal.

Compared to traditional protein, insect protein is a sustainable solution with low land, water, and carbon footprint, offering a very high yield. The partnership will supply Singapore's farmers with sustainable access to domestically produced animal feed, which is traditionally imported.

The MoU is the starting point to a deeper partnership between Blue Aqua and dnata, which will look into the development and implementation of a 'Zero Waste' master plan. The air services provider will also add Blue Aqua to its list of suppliers to purchase locally farmed seafood for its catering operations.

Dirk Goovaerts, dnata's Regional CEO for Asia Pacific, says: 'We are delighted to partner with Blue Aqua to further decrease food waste and support the local food production supply chain. This initiative will help us minimise our environmental footprint whilst delivering the highest value for our customers and the communities around us.'

Dr Farshad Shishehchian, CEO & Founder of Blue Aqua International Group, says: 'Blue Aqua has been a strong advocate for sustainable and practical farming since its inception, this partnership with dnata is a perfect fit. We are excited to grow our efforts in food technology to develop a circular economy in aquaculture globally through our network, starting with Singapore.'

The global population is expected to reach 9.9 billion by 2050, and food production has to increase by 70 percent to fulfil this demand. This is further implicated by food security concerns worldwide and the rapid degradation of valuable farmland. Waste management is a global issue that governments and companies are racing to solve. Singapore imports more than 90 percent of its food, yet, its food waste amounts to 744,000 tonnes annually. Today, less than 20 percent of Singapore's food waste is recycled.

Blue Aqua's Waste-to-Protein Program aspires to significantly reduce food waste across Singapore's food supply chain through aquaculture. This is in line with Singapore's vision of being a 'Zero Waste Nation', which means the recycling rate has to be increased to 70 percent. Singapore has also set a '30 by 30' goal, aiming to have the nation produce 30 percent of its food domestically by 2030. With this mandate, aquaculture will play an important role in the future of Singapore's food security. However, local farms still rely heavily on imported feed and raw materials, which the program is aiming to mitigate.

For more information about Blue Aqua visit their website, HERE.
For information about dnata visit their website, HERE.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

New updates for Aquaculture 2021 events

Aquaculture America
Aquaculture America 2021, which was rescheduled to be held August 11-14, 2021 will go forward on these dates with an in-person Conference and Trade Show. The event will be held at the San Antonio Marriott River centre, San Antonio, Texas USA.

Aquaculture Europe 2020 Online
All presentations (oral videos and E-posters) are available until June 1st for attendees to consult and watch. Access to the AE2020 e-market is free for all and will be online until June 1st.

IMPAQT AE2020 Headline Vendor
IMPAQT is a H2020 project developing an intelligent multi-purpose, multi-sensing and multi-functional management platform for sustainable Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) production. Coordinated by the Marine Institute (Ireland), the project brought together 21 multidisciplinary partners to progress towards a more sustainable and efficient Aquaculture processes and practices.

Aligned with the EU's drive to progress IMTA, the project team tested and assessed the efficiency, sustainability and circularity attributes of IMTA on six different coastal, offshore and inland pilot sites. To allow a reliable and real-time monitoring of the IMTA system, different novel technologies were developed and integrated in an intelligent management platform, boosting the precision Aquaculture framework, which improves production in Aquaculture sites.

Other upcoming IMPAQT outputs include: policy documents, handbook of the Intelligent Management System for IMTA, on-line training in MOOC format and on-line events.

World Aquaculture 2020 Singapore has updated its dates to December 5-8, 2021 New Dates. There is still time to submit your abstract and to book a booth in the exhibition.

Aquaculture Africa 2021 Alexandria, Egypt will instead be held December 11-14, and there is still time to submit your abstracts and book booths.

For more information visit the WAS page, HERE.
Alternatively, you can visit the EAS page, HERE.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Victam Asia will join forces with VIV Asia for their event in January 2022

After postponing the Victam Asia event twice, with the current vaccination programmes happening all over the world, the event will likely go ahead in January 2022.
As many events were postponed the past two years, there will be a full agenda once events can take place again. To optimise the event for exhibitors and visitors and trying to avoid conflicts with other events, Victam and VNU have decided to join forces: Victam Asia and VIV Asia will be organised in co-location.

The two events Victam Asia and VIV Asia will be organised in co-location at the Impact Exhibition Centre in Bangkok, Thailand from January 12-14, 2022.

After informing the existing exhibitors, Victam Asia received a lot of positive feedback regarding the joining of the two events, and will happily be restarting activities soon.

For more information about the event visit the Victam Asia website, HERE.

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