Published - February 13th, 2019
In 2019, a joint venture of Nutreco, Hendrix Genetics and Ecuacultivos will acquire and upgrade an existing Macrobio hatchery in the west of Ecuador. The joint venture will turn the hatchery into a state-of-the-art production facility that develops a world-class shrimp breeding programme and will source 100% of its energy from hydroelectric power. The hatchery will deliver healthy Pacific whiteleg shrimp post larvae to local farmers in Ecuador.
The most advanced genetics and breeding technologies will be used in the hatchery, with nutritional solutions provided by Skretting, Nutreco’s aquaculture division.
The joint venture also aims to increase the competitiveness of the Ecuadorian shrimp industry in a sustainable way. Ecuador’s shrimp sector is set to grow at around 5-7% per year over the next seven years. Within the country’s aquaculture market, the Pacific whiteleg shrimp is the most important aquatic species produced. Production volumes skyrocketed in recent years, putting Ecuador currently at the third largest producer after China and India.
Rob Koremans (CEO of Nutreco): “Our strategy for the coming years is to invest in innovative projects in the value chain that support sustainable market growth. We’re delighted that this partnership will promote the sustainable growth of shrimp farming in Ecuador, a key market for our aquaculture division Skretting.”