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Feed company Aller Aqua invests in Africa's aquaculture sector

Company will showcase its operations at the World Aquaculture 2017 event, for which it has signed on as a gold sponsor.

Aller Aqua said Tuesday it has signed on as a gold sponsor for the upcoming World Aquaculture 2017 event in Cape Town, South Africa, a region of the world where the fish feed manufacturer is expanding it operations.

In recent years, Aller Aqua has increased its focus on the African continent significantly by establishing local production and several additional sales companies. The company has been delivering extruded fish feed to Africa for more than a decade.

“African aquaculture is constantly growing and thus the need for product optimization is increased throughout the value chain,” the company said. The main challenges in the African market are reliable availability, economic feed conversion rate, high and consistent t quality, training and local presence.

“We have a solid setup in Europe, whereas we in Sub-Saharan Africa see that we have a big impact now,” said Hans Erik Bylling, CEO and owner of Aller Aqua.

“We focus our efforts where there is a need for high quality feed. The rising incomes and developing economies in countries like Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana support this potential. Based on demand we have opened subsidiaries in all three countries. This, combined with our production operations in Egypt and Zambia, made it an obvious choice to support the World Aquaculture 2017 event,” he said.

A distributor is in place in Rwanda, and Aller Aqua agents are in place in Benin, Cameroon, Senegal and Tanzania. And there is direct export from Aller Aqua’s German factory, Emsland-Aller Aqua, to Uganda and Madagascar.

In the north of Africa, the company’s Egyptian factory, Aller Aqua Egypt, has just expanded to include its third production line. Further Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria is supplied via both the group’s Danish and German factories.

To complete the setup, Aller Aqua is currently building a factory in Zambia. The factory will make Aller Aqua a market leader in modern and environmentally friendly extruded fish feed for aquaculture in Africa.

In Zambia Aller Aqua Group has partnered with Yalelo Limited as a key client. Yalelo has grown quickly to become one of the world’s leading tilapia aquaculture companies. Alongside the construction of Aller Aqua’s Zambian fish feed factory, Yalelo has begun an expansion project to increase production to between 20,000 and 30, 000 metric tons of tilapia within the next few years.

The fish feed factory gives Aller Aqua a great basis for expansion in Zambia, a country which aims to be self sufficient with farmed fish – but also the ability to export to neighboring countries such as Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa and Congo.

Aller Aqua’s research and development department, located in Germany, has formulated the feeds sold in Africa specifically for the region, considering the species and the nutritional and physical quality for the environment the fish are farmed in.

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