Brazil: The state of Acre, located in the northwest of Brazil, has its first fish feed factory, with the capacity to produce up to 40,000 tonnes per year.
The plant was opened on Sunday in the town called Senador Guiomard, attended by governor Tião Viana and the head of the Ministry of Urban Development, Gilberto Occhi.
This undertaking required an investment of BRL 15 million (USD 6.8 million) and will be the first plant in the country specializing in the manufacture of foods for carnivorous fish, such as pintado and arapaima, two native resources, Globoreported.
The president of the Fish Farmers Cooperative Centre of Acre, Sansão Nogueira, considers the factory installation should cause changes in the way farmers currently work.
"Producers will have access to a high quality cheaper feed," Nogueira stated.
Besides, it is expected that the feed produced in this factory can reach the international market.
"Here we will also produce feed for export, not only for the domestic market, in other states, but also for the international market. That will improve the trade balance of Brazil," he stressed.
The new plant is part of the Aquaculture Complex in Acre, which has a fingerling reproduction centre opened in August last year, with capacity to produce 20 million fry per year. Besides, it has been planned that this year a processing plant capable of producing up to 20,000 tonnes of fish annually will be opened.
According to Secretary of Forest Development, Industry, Trade and Sustainable Services (SEDENS) Edvaldo Magalhães, the state of Acre has given a decisive modern and competitive farming step.
"All the producer wants is to have high quality fingerlings, which we have in our laboratory and feed that can improve fish fattening," said Agência de Notícias do Acre.