Danes feed greener growth in China

Signing of the agreement between BioMar and Long Yang Xia in Brande, Denmark

BIOMAR has sealed a deal with the largest trout farmer in China to supply a diet with almost half the environmental impact of local Chinese feed.

A delegation from China, led by Yan Jinhai, the vice governor of the Peoples Government of Qinghai Province, was in BioMar’s production facilities in Brande, Denmark, to witness the signing of the agreement between the feed company and trout producer Long Yang Xia.

It comes after two years of technical, on-site trials and collaboration between the Danes and Chinese to develop the high performance feed.

The recipe considered the parameters of growth performance and fish welfare, while limiting the discharge of nitrogen and phosphorous into the local ecosystem.

The Chinese government is rolling out new guidelines to accelerate the green development of its aquaculture industry, which include a set of policies to reduce fish farmers’ overall environmental footprint and promote the transformation of the sector.

BioMar CEO Carlos Diaz said: ‘Our extensive knowledge on nutritional requirements of trout, as well as a strict selection of raw materials according to their characteristics and contribution to sustainability impacts, have together made it possible to discover an optimal feed recipe and feeding strategy.

‘Through the on-site trials, we have been able to demonstrate a better total performance.

‘The importance to our environment for protecting ecosystems can’t be underestimated.

‘Long Yang Xia is leading the way in the Chinese market by significantly reducing their environmental footprint with a diet created by BioMar that delivers on growth performance but is also considerate to the local ecosystem,’ Diaz added.

Long Yang Xia is a green pioneer in China which has also invested in modern aquaculture technologies.

It is expected that other farmers in the Chinese market will look to more sustainable feed solutions as the Chinese government implements its new initiative, Green Development of Aquaculture.