Bangladesh fishing for Australian aquaculture expertise
28 Jun 2018
A recent Australian success has highlighted Bangladesh’s need for
technology and expertise to grow its fisheries and aquaculture industries.
Melbourne-based The Product Makers (TPM) has begun delivering its patented
polyphenol-based feed additives to Bangladesh, following successful trials
of the product in partnership with Chittagong Veterinary and Animal
Conducted by D.SK. Ahmad-Al-Nahid, Head of the
Department of Fisheries at the university, the trials evaluated the
response of two species of fish and freshwater prawn to the additives.
The results were presented at the Australian Fish & Feed Additive
Seminar organised by Austrade, TPM and TPM’s local partner Banga Flavours
& Fragrance. Around 35 leading animal feed pellet manufacturers and
shrimp and fish farmers from Bangladesh attended the seminar.
‘The aim of the trials was to confirm the suitability of natural polyphenol
products used at low doses in commercial fish and prawn pellets,’ said Dr Ahmad-Al-Nahid. ‘The industry has been
looking for a natural non-antibiotic-based growth improver and this has the
potential to expand the value and volume of exports.’
TPM’s polyphenol-based feed additives are derived from sugarcane and
extracted using a patented process. The additives have higher feed
conversion ratios than other animal feeds and the trials found result in
larger fish and shrimp. The natural source of the additives also provides
fish and shrimp farmers with a ‘clean’ label that improves export potential
‘Australia has a reputation as a supplier of safe, high-quality onshore and
offshore aquaculture, produced using environmentally sustainable practices
in wild-catch fishing and aquaculture,’ said Mark Morley, Austrade Trade
Commissioner for South Asia.
Australian firms offer the latest technology and processes, sophisticated
management and modern catching regimes, and world-class harvest and
post-harvest technologies. These innovations can help Bangladesh increase
the output and value of its fisheries and aquaculture industries.
‘Austrade can support Australian fisheries and aquaculture technology and
solution providers to connect with the fisheries and aquaculture industries
in Bangladesh,’ he said.