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Cargill opens 10th aquafeed plant

Released at: 14:24, 04/05/2017

Cargill opens 10th aquafeed plant

Photo: Cargill Vietnam

Ha Nam plant has capacity of 3,000 tons per month.

by Ngoc Chi

Cargill Vietnam has officially opened and put into operation a new aquafeed production plant with a capacity of 3,000 tons per month.

Located in northern Ha Nam province, the plant is Cargill’s tenth in Vietnam and will focus on high quality extruded bran products for tilapia and other fish.

The new production line will help Cargill Vietnam improve its customer service capabilities in major agricultural areas in Hanoi, Ha Nam, Thai Binh and the north-central region, where large numbers of farmers are rapidly moving from extensive to intensive farming.

“Vietnam is an important market for Cargill’s fish nutrition industry and we are excited about expanding our production not only in Vietnam but also in South Asia,” said Director General of Cargill’s Aqua Nutrition, Mr. Chad Gauger.

Cargill’s first aquaculture feed production line was established at the Cargill Bien Hoa plant in 1998. After it acquired plants belonging to EWOS Vietnam, Norway’s largest aquafeed producer in the world, in 2015, the EWOS plants began to integrate into Cargill Vietnam and have operated smoothly.

Cargill is one of the leading suppliers of animal nutrition products and services in Vietnam, with a diverse portfolio of premixes, feed additives, and compound feeds for terrestrial and aquatic species.

The group established its first plant in 1997 and has since grown to own and operate ten plants: one each in Can Tho city and Hung Yen, Ha Nam, Binh Dinh, Tien Giang, and Dong Thap provinces and two in Dong Nai and Long An provinces.

As an agricultural country, Vietnam has held great promise for foreign animal feed producers for many years. De Heus and Cargill have been in Vietnam the country for some time already and other foreign players have taken note, with some redoubling their efforts to secure a larger market share.

Vietnam now has more than 200 animal feed factories and while foreign companies account for a small number they hold about two-thirds of the market, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The largest players are the CP Group, with 19.4 per cent of the market, followed by Cargill with 8.1 per cent.

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