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October 4, 2018

BIOMIN supports sustainable agriculture, furthers commitment to Africa



Many of the factors influencing the feed and livestock industry can be understood as a 'mega-trend' of sustainability - setting a trajectory that promises to shape the future protein economy, according to BIOMIN.


"Producing affordable food, generating employment, reducing the environmental footprint of farm animals, ensuring their health and welfare, along with the responsible use of antibiotics can all be seen as a move toward greater sustainability," said Jan Vanbrabant, CEO of ERBER Group and managing director of BIOMIN, in remarks made shortly before the official opening ceremony of the 2018 World Nutrition Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.


"At the same time, both climate change and technological innovation have begun to have a greater impact on agriculture in recent years-introducing new opportunities and challenges for the feed and livestock industry where scientific advancement can play a role," he added.


Since its founding in 1983, BIOMIN has embraced natural ways of supporting animal nutrition using cutting-edge technologies that benefit animals, producers and the environment. BIOMIN is a part of ERBER Group, which has committed to sustainability by setting a goal to be carbon neutral by 2023. 


"Our goal has always been to support sustainable agriculture, now and in the future," Vanbrabant explained.


Achieving this vision has involved decades of investment into scientific research and development, conducted by an in-house team of over 100 scientists and researchers. This has resulted in a full portfolio of innovative, proprietary solutions in the fields of enzymatic mycotoxin deactivation and farm animal gut performance that deliver return on investment for customers. 


"Our main contribution to sustainability is the application of our solutions in livestock," Vanbrabant added.


With a customer base situated in 120 countries, BIOMIN expects to grow its business and expand customer support as it deepens its contribution to sustainable livestock and aquaculture.


Recent initiatives include investments in additional production capacity in Europe and China; creation of regional business units in China and Africa; and launch of a new mycotoxin detection service, Spectrum Top 50®.


"Bringing scientific innovation to feed and livestock producers throughout the world follows our value proposition, the 3 S's, which stand for Science, Service and Speed," Vanbrabant said.

With Africa projected to be home to a quarter of the global population by 2050, agriculture and food production will continue to play a major role in the region's economics and development.


The 8th World Nutrition Forum in Cape Town, South Africa provided the appropriate setting for BIOMIN to expound upon its business activities on the continent.


BIOMIN South Africa began operation in 2011, and has recently expanded its scope to support feed and animal producers throughout sub-Saharan Africa.


"We are committed to Africa, and supporting sustainable livestock in a way that benefits all stakeholders," said Albert Van Rensburg, regional director (Africa) and managing director of BIOMIN South Africa. "Our commitment to Africa means bringing the full value proposition of ERBER Group –Science, Service and Speed - to South Africa and beyond."


On October 2, BIOMIN hosted the kick-off meeting of MycoSafe-South, a research project to tackle mycotoxin-related food safety issues in sub-Saharan Africa.


In addition, the creation of a new regional business unit that encompasses Africa and the Middle East is expected to provide further focus and enhanced customer support. 


"We have set high ambitions for ourselves-not just for sales but also for successful customer outcomes and stakeholder engagement," Van Rensburg commented.


He sees considerable room for growth in terms of product and service offering, as well.


"As a part of ERBER Group, we are in a position to bring a broader set of solutions to the feed and food sectors, such as premixes, mycotoxin detection and more," Van Rensburg concluded.



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