USGC Raises Awareness of Use of DDGS in Shrimp Feed

By US Grains Council | November 03, 2022

As the shrimp sector in Ecuador continues to grow, the US Grains Council is finding ways to include distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) in nutrition discussions. Recently, the organization participated in the AquaExpo congress in Guayaquil, Ecuador, organized by the Ecuadorian National Chamber of Aquaculture.

Due to the positive results of studies conducted in Indonesia on the inclusion of high protein corn co-products in shrimp feed, the Council sponsored a speaker, Hervé Lucien-Brun, to present the results of these studies in Ecuador, while raising awareness among Ecuadorian nutritionists about the potential of this ingredient.

Some shrimp feed producers in Ecuador are already using traditional DDGS, but only a few have started using the other high protein corn co-products. The Council’s Latin America (ALT) regional office began promoting these other options in Ecuador in March and attending this event is the next step in continuing its advocacy efforts in the country.

“The Council will continue to intensify its efforts to promote the DDGS to aquatic food producers throughout Latin America. In Ecuador, the current world leader in farmed shrimp exports, we have the greatest potential to increase the use of DDGS in shrimp feed production in the region. The country produces about 1.5 million metric tons (MMT) of shrimp feed per year, containing 25-45% protein,” said Ana Ballesteros, USGC LTA Marketing Manager.

“Traditional DDGS and other high-protein corn co-products can be a cost-effective option for these diets and we will work to make Ecuadorian nutritionists aware of this through additional training, conferences and relationships. with US suppliers and we also hope to do trials adapted to Ecuadorian production conditions in the future.

The AquaExpo Congress is the premier event for the booming shrimp sector, bringing together different players in the value chain of Ecuador’s number one agricultural export product: shrimp. Nearly 1,200 participants attended the conference and 4,000 visited the show. The 2022 edition was the biggest event yet for the organizers.

In addition to the Board presentation, the event also highlighted topics such as health management in shrimp farming systems; nutrition and feeding strategies; management of production systems; market situation and trends; new technologies; water and soil quality management; sustainability and certifications; and genetic improvement.

“Presenting at AquaExpo was a great learning experience. Not only did we get to talk about the proven benefits of DDGS in shrimp diets in front of a technical audience, but we also got first-hand experience of what the industry looks like and what matters to it. Working with an expert in the Ecuadorian shrimp market provided us with relevant and up-to-date information on market size and ideas on how to continue to engage with this sector in the future,” said Ballesteros.

While this promotional effort is still in its infancy, the Council looks forward to providing business education through research to help increase DDGS aquaculture sales in Ecuador.

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