Skretting opens fish feed facility in Nigeria

The new EUR 25 million facility was built on 170,000 square meters of land and has the capacity to manufacture 125,000 metric tons of extruded fish and poultry feeds per year.

Skretting Nigeria faciclity. Credits: Skretting
April 23, 2024

Nutreco opened a state-of-the-art fish and poultry feed production facility in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, through its operating company trading under the names Skretting and Trouw Nutrition. The new EUR 25 million facility was built on 170,000 square meters of land and has the capacity to manufacture 125,000 metric tons of extruded fish and animal feeds per year.

The plant was officially opened on April 17, 2024, by Oyo State’s Executive Governor Seyi Makinde. Also present at the unveiling of the new facility were Adeniyi Adebisi, Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Michel Deelen, Consul General of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Nigeria, as well as other dignitaries, stakeholders, customers and staff.

Since its inception, the operating company, registered as Skretting Nigeria Limited has actively contributed to the country’s economy by producing feed locally, using locally sourced raw materials. The new feed production facility is poised to further boost the agriculture sector and national GDP and employs 135 staff directly and 150 through a third-party agency.

“We are very pleased about the growth of our business in Nigeria, a country with over 218 million people and a rising demand for protein. Opening a facility of this magnitude will ensure that we can meet both local demand and that of neighboring West African countries, contributing to the growth of the aquaculture and agriculture sectors of Nigeria and Africa as a whole,” said Seyi Adeleke-Ige, general manager of Skretting Nigeria.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new Nigeria factory, which represents a significant milestone for agriculture and aquaculture in Nigeria. As part of Nutreco, our new plant is committed to producing high-quality, affordable feeds and concentrates, specifically tailored to meet the diverse needs of the Nigerian market. From extruded fish feed to poultry feed, we are fully equipped not only with advanced products but also with experts on the ground, ready to help farmers enhance production efficiency. This investment underscores our dedication to our purpose of Feeding the Future, helping us improve food production efficiency and make superior nutrition accessible to everyone in the region,” said Pieter Bastiaanssen, Nutreco’s managing director, Middle East and Africa.

The new plant further emphasizes Nutreco’s commitment to Nigeria’s aquaculture and agriculture sectors, which has already been demonstrated through the Catfish Sustainability and Hendrix4U community development projects. The Catfish Sustainability Project, which has supported fish farmers since 2015, has grown from 50 farmers at its inception to 1,350 farmers. Skretting Nigeria Limited, launched by Nutreco in 2014, produces catfish superior feeds, broodstock feeds and tilapia catering for the entire fish life cycle.