Cargill launches Harvestar, first shrimp feed in Indonesia

Published on
May 6, 2020

Cargill Aqua Nutrition has announced the launch of its first shrimp feed in Indonesia.

Harvestar is intended to “meet the needs of local farmers for a more efficient shrimp feed with a more bountiful shrimp yield,” according to a company press release.

Cargill said it delivered its first Harvestar feed product from its production facility in Serang, Banten, Indonesia, to customers in Lampung, South Sumatera, and West Java on 24 April. The feed, designed for vannamei shrimp, is made with “premium-quality” raw materials and an immunostimulant.

“The product design, which includes formulations for the different shrimp life stages, utilizes Cargill’s global expertise and extrusion technology for better feed performance,” the company said. “In product trials, Harvestar demonstrated a feed conversion ratio of 1.3, which is better than the 1.4 industry average and the 1.6 resulting from other feeds in the market.”

Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Deputy Director of Feed Distribution Christian Maikel Eman said Indonesian shrimp farmers the introduction of Harvestar would a more affordable option from a trusted name in the aquafeed sector.

“The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries appreciates the cooperation and commitment from Cargill to support our government’s program, especially in the aqua-nutrition business,” Eman said. “Harvestar was officially registered in Indonesia since 2019 and from the testing we did, it has proven to be a good-quality formula with good performance. The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries supports Cargill in entering the shrimp industry in Indonesia through its Harvestar product. We hope Cargill will continue to expand its shrimp portfolio and to support shrimp farming in Indonesia for the long-run.”

Cargill’s Indonesia team collaborated with the company’s shrimp aquafeed experts around the world to develop the Harvestar product, the company said.

“Cargill Aqua Nutrition’s expertise in the global supply chain and risk management allows us to offer distinctive value to our customers through the production of high-quality feeds and efficient distribution,” Cargill Aqua Nutrition Managing Director for Indonesia and Malaysia Sarawoot Chittratanawat said.

Cargill operates its Indonesian headquarters in Jakarta and has more than 19,000 employees inside the country at 59 locations with offices, manufacturing plants, and facilities throughout the country and business activities comprising animal nutrition, cocoa, copra, seaweed, processed food exporting, grain and oilseeds, palm oil, starches, and sweeteners. Chittratanawat said the company is following national guidelines for appropriate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In this unusual business environment, Cargill is committed to serve the nation as part of our role in the essential food supply chain,” he said. “This is how we help farmers improve their animals’ productivity, sustainability, health, and well-being.”

Photo courtesy of Cargill

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