In a ceremony last week, Nicovita inaugurated its fourth Experimental Aquaculture Center (CEA) in Peru. The new CEA for shrimp is located in the city of Trujillo.
The new CEA joins the other three experimental centers already in operation, the Tumbes CEA, which has been operating close to 10 years; the Lima CEA, inaugurated last year, where tests are carried out on growth, performance and digestibility in controlled environments; and the Huancayo CEA for fish.
The Trujillo CEA represents an additional investment of $350,000 by Vitapro S.A. The Center features a module for digestibility, made up of three independent sub-modules with water recirculation and temperature control systems, with a capacity for 168 experimental tanks that will allow it to analyze in vivo digestibility of current inputs as well as new ingredients.
It also features a module for culture trials, which is made up of 48 experimental tanks (also with water recirculation and temperature control systems), focused on evaluating performance in the culture of diets that are formulated with ingredients that achieve the best results in digestibility.
In addition, the CEA houses a room exclusively for attractability tests. It contains 12 experimental tanks that are monitored in real time with video cameras to test the feed attractability and evaluate the effect of different additives or inputs on the animal’s acceptance of the feed.