Cargill launched Harvestar®, the first shrimp feed offered by the Cargill Aqua Nutrition (CQN) business in Indonesia. On April 24, 2020, Cargill delivered the first Harvestar feed product from the CQN plant in Serang, Banten to its first customers who are located in Lampung, South Sumatera and West Java. The official launch was commemorated through a video conference meeting attended by the deputy director of feed from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. The launch was done in accordance with COVID-19 response guideline provided by the Indonesian government where safe social distancing was implemented.
“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. 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,” said Christian Maikel Eman, deputy director of deed distribution.
Today’s shrimp farmers in Indonesia are facing fluctuating prices, expensive feed and increasing demands. Recognizing these challenges, the CQN Indonesia team used its worldwide expertise to develop the Harvestar product, which meets the needs of local farmers for a more efficient shrimp feed with a more bountiful shrimp yield.
Harvestar shrimp feed is formulated for vannamei shrimp with premium quality raw materials and an immunostimulant to increase the shrimp survival rate. The product design, which includes formulations for the different shrimp life stages, utilizes Cargill’s global expertise and extrusion technology for better feed performance. 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.
CQN strives to offer the right nutrition to support healthier shrimp growth by helping serve the needs of the producers and consumers. “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,” said Sarawoot (Pop) Chittratanawat, managing director of Cargill Aqua Nutrition, Malaysia & Indonesia. “At Cargill Aqua Nutrition, we believe in better nutrition for better lives. In this unusual business environment, Cargill is committed to serving the nation as part of our role in the essential food supply chain. This is how we help farmers improve their animals’ productivity, sustainability, health and well-being.”