THE Danish feed company BioMar and Turkish seafood company Sagun officially opened their joint venture feed plant in Turkey yesterday.
Based in Söke, near Izmir, the BioMar-Sagun factory opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by more than 300 guests.
The factory has 50,000 tonnes production capacity and will supply locally produced high performance diets, including grower feeds for trout, sea bass and sea bream.
Other more specialised feed types in the BioMar-Sagun product portfolio, such as hatchery diets and fry feeds, will be produced at other BioMar factories and distributed through BioMar-Sagun.
BioMar-Sagun will mainly serve Turkey, but it will also start export sales to some of the neighbouring countries.
Bora Aydemir, general manager of BioMar-Sagun, said that in addition to a complete range of high performance diets the company will provide Turkish fish farmers with technical support to help farmers achieve a more cost efficient production.
Turkish fish farmers will receive guidance for appropriate farm management, nutrition and feeding strategies that will eventually create a more efficient, sustainable and profitable aquaculture activity.
The management of both companies said they were very pleased to see their project becoming a reality.
The CEO of the BioMar group, Carlos Diaz, said: ‘Turkey is a great country with excellent natural conditions for aquaculture and a high potential for growth.
‘As BioMar Group, we are delighted to be a part of the Turkish aquaculture industry. We have a great team here in Turkey. We believe in ourselves, we believe in our partners, and together we hope to make a solid contribution to the continued development of the aquaculture industry and to help realise the full potential for aquaculture in Turkey.’
Sagun’s vice chairman Oğulcan Sagun said they were ‘proud being partners with the global fish feed giant BioMar’.
‘With BioMar’s knowledge and expertise in fish feed, we are determined to contribute to developing and bringing an innovative perspective to the Turkish aquaculture industry.’
Bora Aydemir said the company will utilise the strengths of both partners in the joint venture and strive for the development of a sustainable and profitable future for the aquaculture industry of Turkey.
‘We are here to supply our customers with efficient feed produced at a state of the art factory, and to make a notable difference in the Turkish aquaculture industry. We are here to innovate aquaculture.’
Picture: Carlos Diaz (centre) and the BioMar-Sagun team