Global food company Cargill has opened a new aquaculture innovation centre in Indonesia to work with freshwater fish farmers to enhance farming and feeding standards in the region.

The facility is located at Ciseeng, Parung-Bogor, which is considered a hub for the freshwater aquaculture in the country.

Cargill’s new technology application centre (TAC) is the latest addition to its 12-centre network worldwide. The company intends to teach best practices in global aquaculture and expertise to fish farmers in Indonesia, helping them improve their productivity and income.

“Freshwater aquaculture in Indonesia is showing strong growth thanks to increasing demand for seafood in the country.”

The TAC will also provide a new platform for Indonesian fish farmers, where they can attend training and hold discussions around feeding and other farm management practices.

Cargill South Asia aqua nutrition managing director Chad Gauger said: “Freshwater aquaculture in Indonesia is showing strong growth thanks to increasing demand for seafood in the country.

“This innovation centre will support the development of the freshwater aquaculture industry by educating and training farmers on how to improve their productivity and income.”

Cargill’s new TAC features eight large ponds and a set of closed cement tanks for smaller trials in closed systems. It will focus on improving feed performance of various freshwater fish varieties, including catfish, tilapia, pangasius and carp.

The newly opened TAC will be the fourth centre opened by the food company in South Asia this year and expands Cargill’s aqua nutrition TAC footprint to six locations in Asia.