Aller Aqua looks to boost Zambia’s production of tilapia
In partnership with local aquaculture firm Yalelo, Aller Aqua has announced plans to build a fish feed mill on Lake Kariba in southern Zambia to help boost the region’s production of tilapia.
Aller Aqua Group has formed a partnership with Yalelo Limited, one of the world’s leading tilapia aquaculture firms to build a new feed mill. The new facility aims to support Yalelo’s ambition to expand production to between 20,000 and 30,000 metric tons of tilapia within the next few years.
“The new company and factory will be called Aller Aqua Zambia Limited, and will be the largest and most modern of its kind in Africa. It will have a capacity of 50,000 tons of feed per year, and the investment is approximately US$10 million,” said Henrik Halken, group vice president, who is responsible for the company’s activities in Africa.
With the new investment, Yalelo will be able to access high-quality feed to support its continued growth, while Aller Aqua will benefit from the commercial security provided by Yalelo’s custom to support its investment in constructing a world-class fish feed mill from the start. Not only does the mill give Aller Aqua access to the market in Zambia, which aims to become self-sufficient in farmed fish, but also to neighboring countries with growth potential, including Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania and Congo.
“The factory will be situated near the town Siavonga, on the shore of Lake Kariba, and is expected to be ready mid-2017, provided that the final commitments and permits are given from various authorities and institutions as expected,” Halken added.
Besides the factory in Christiansfeld, Denmark, Aller has built feed mills in Poland in 2001 and in Germany in 2007. A new factory in Egypt was opened in 2015, and the company has started construction of a new feed mill in Qingdao, China, which is due for completion this year.
Based in Denmark, Aller Aqua Group specializes in the production of environmentally friendly fish feed. Its factory in Germany produces vegetable proteins from peas and beans. With about 270 employees, the company’s annual turnover is about DKK1 billion (US$153 million).