Algae and animal nutrition in Indonesia

Olmix organized a two-day technical seminar in Surabaya and Jakarta to present its latests innovations in animal nutrition and to officially launch MFeed+ in the country.

It did not take much time for Olmix to step up into the Indonesian market to make the first major announcement of 2018: MFeed+, Olmix’s natural feed additive based on Olmix’s patented Algae and Clay, has been officially launched in the country.

To celebrate this release, the Olmix team in Asia hosted a two-day technical seminar in the cities of Jakarta and Surabaya (Indonesia) on the 22nd and 23rd January to provide its customers and partners with the latest updates on the market trends and to share some key information on the global supplies of feed ingredients for animal production.

Thus, the Olmix Seminar on Nutrition counted on the participation of 4 world-reputed experts in animal nutrition that delivered several high-level lectures to an audience of 80 invitees from the some of the biggest animal feed companies in Indonesia.

First, to open the act −the programme was the same for the 2 days of the seminar-, Dr Budi Tangendjaja, from the Export Council and US Grains Council, gave a presentation on the supply of feed ingredient with references to the Indonesian market, which highlighted the differences between several countries in the world in terms of food and agriculture resources:

“Arable land in the world is not well distributed in concordance with population: Asia, North Africa and Middle East will not be self-sufficient when it comes to food and agriculture. Agriculture in developing countries is under performing to its potential. Besides, population growth in developing countries demands more food and will rely upon international trade. In fact, trading in developing countries will accelerate economic growth and, finally, food”, he explained.

Then, Dr Tangendjaja he analyzed the use of local ingredients and the challenges that can be found within the food industry in Asia. He came to the conclusion that most of the feed production in the continent is clearly led by poultry, swine and fish, being that the reason why other alternatives should be used in order to cope with other demands:

“Asia would depend on imports and, therefore, trade could become critical. In addition, corn and soybean meal could be major ingredients but there are other alternatives. However, we require better understanding of our limitations and how to utilize them. Indonesia has a big opportunity to use local ingredients but we need first to put the focus on terms like quality, price and formulation”.

Dr Budi Tangendjaja: 'Update Global Supply of Feed Ingredient of Animal Feeding'.

After Dr Tangendjaja’s speech, it was time for MFeed+ to come into scene. Ms Marie Gallissot, Olmix’s For Feed Specialist, took the lead to present the benefits of the Olmix’s natural feed additive through a lecture entitled ‘Innovative Technology to Improve Digestibility, Thanks to Algae!’:

“Manufacters need to invest in feed efficiency improvement in order to compensate for the additional cost of raw materials. Hence, the more expensive the feed, the more important to invest in feed efficiency! Therefore, MFeed+ is a must when it comes to this matter. MFeed+ is an optimal solution based on Olmix’s patented Algae and Clay. The good result via trials of MFeed+ help to confirm that it increases the contact between enzymes and substrate, increases the activity of enzymes and helps to get better digestion and more nutrients for absorption”, she explained.

Ms Marie Galissot: 'MFeed+, Innovative Technology to Improve Digestibility'.

Ms Marie Galissot: 'MFeed+, Innovative Technology to Improve Digestibility'.

Marine resources and aquaculture

The two last presentations of the seminar gave a full picture of the high amount of marine resources that can be used in animal production and how MFeed+ can help to improve the performance in aquaculture.

‘Feed Formulation in the Era of Finite Marine Resources’ was the first lecture of the afternoon, delivered by Dr Albert Tacon Technical Director, from Aquatic Farms Ltd (USA), who gave a complete overview of top fed fish and crustacean production in the world from 2000 and his perspectives on the market for 2025.

“The total commercial aquafeed production was over 48 million tons in 2015 and it is expected to rise to 64 million by 2020 and to 83 million by 2025! Indonesia must work hard to develop a more sustainable aquafeed sector, which means increasing production and competition, rising ingredient costs and demand, increasing the use of local resources and improving food safety and feed formulations, among others”, he said.

Dr Albert Tacon: 'Feed Formulation in the Era of Finite Marine Resources'.

To close the conference programme, Mr Maarten Jay van Schoonhoven, Olmix Group’s Aqua Care Manager, took up the torch to provide the audience with some key points on the role of enzymes in aquaculture feed:

“Many microbial/fungal enzyme products available in the market are made for the livestock market and now also promoted for use in aquaculture feed. There are two main reasons to use enzymes: first, enzymes are used to improve the availability of certain nutrients and, secondly, enzymes are used for the digestion of substrates that are not digested naturally by the animal or to eliminate the presence of certain antinutrients. Talking about MFeed+, it can lower the formulation cost by lowering the fishmeal inclusion, while maintaining a good performance with optimum cost effectiveness of the feed”, Mr van Schoonhoven explained.

Mr Maarten Jay van Schoonhoven: 'How MFeed+ Can Improve the Performances of Feeds with Reduced Fishmeal'.

Mr Maarten Jay van Schoonhoven: 'How MFeed+ Can Improve the Performances of Feeds with Reduced Fishmeal'.