Although it is a fairly new practice, shrimp farming in Brazil shows great potential in both internal and external markets. Currently, the cultivated area of shrimp nurseries in Brazil is 25,000 hectares, but this could eventually expand by 1 million hectares, according to the Brazilian Shrimp Farmers Association (ABCCAM).
To maintain their high levels of productivity, producers are betting on natural supplementation as an alternative to improving and preserving their animals’ health, as well as to combat factors like toxicity and adsorption of harmful pathogenic bacteria. Other essential aspects that can affect animal comfort and productivity and that shrimp farmers should consider include water quality control, transparency, dissolved oxygen, nitrogen compounds, alkalinity, hardness and more.
“Despite its great potential, the shrimp farming sector in Brazil still struggles with some challenges that hinder its growth,” said Fabio Rodrigues, aquaculture sales coordinator for Alltech Brazil. “Among some of the main obstacles we can name are problems like white spot syndrome.”
According to Rodrigues, this disease drastically reduces production and is one reason why, despite its great potential, the Brazilian shrimp industry is currently only capable of serving its domestic market. The virus that causes this disease can destroy organ cells in the shrimp digestive and respiratory systems.
In this scenario, the use of select additives can optimize the shrimp’s reproductive cycle, allowing for better productivity.
“These solutions can provide better immunity and anti-inflammatory effects and a better shell quality,” said Rodrigues. “Other solutions for shrimp farms include utilizing enriched products based on fermented meal for fertilization, supplementation or as a complement to the diet.”
Alltech offers solutions for the feed industry and for shrimp producers that optimize the nutrition of crustaceans and help achieve a more efficient production. One example is Aquate, which supports shrimp development and reflects a more attractive cost-benefit to the producer.
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