On February 13, Skretting, a leader in aquafeed and nutrition with headquarters in Norway, will open a state-of-the-art facility in Surat’s Mangrol Taluka for the production of shrimp and fish feed.
Skretting is a division of the world leader in animal nutrition and aquaculture, Nutreco, headquartered in the Netherlands.
Dr. Sanjeev Balyan, the Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy, and Michiel van Erkel, the Agriculture Counsellor for India and Sri Lanka at the Dutch Embassy, will inaugurate the facility.
The facility, which is 20,000 square metres in size and cost about Rs. 165 crore to build, will support both shrimp and fish cultures.
White and black tiger shrimp will be raised in shrimp cultures, and Indian major carps and high-value fish species like snakehead and seabass will be raised in fish cultures.
Three production lines at the Mangrol facility have an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tonnes. In accordance with the demands of the species and customers, it can produce both extruded/floating and pelleted/sinking feed.
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of our state-of-the-art production facility at Mangrol. We have been meeting the needs of shrimp hatcheries, nurseries and farmers since 2018 in India, and supporting customers across feed-farm-health with our high-quality feed and services. The new facility enables us to contribute our bit to the prestigious Atmanirbhar Bharat – Make in India initiative, while simultaneously improving the efficiencies for a closer connect with our customers. We will cater to the domestic market and also customers in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and The Middle East,” said General Manager of Nutreco South Asia Dr. Saurabh Shekhar.
Managing director Nutreco Asia, Jurrien Zandbergen said, “Construction of the factory started in September 2020, and the work was completed in just over two years despite the various challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The facility has also generated local employment opportunities for 120 people.”