April 8, 2020
Charoen Pokphand Foods introduces eco-friendly chicken feed with lower CO2 emissions
In effect, the innovation reduces waste, chiefly carbon dioxide (CO2), and hence helps the world combat climate change impacts.
Dr. Pairat Srichana, Charoen Pokphand Group's senior vice president – Feed Technology Office, which researches and develops animal feed for CPF, said the innovative formula was invented with a right balance of amino acid and proportionate enzymes for animals at different ages.
The innovation enhances the animals' digestion, which brings about health benefits. It also cuts down excess raw materials like corn and protein and, thus, results in less waste.
"The goal of innovative animal feed research is to source or invent materials for the production of feed that addresses different nutrient requirements of animals at different ages. The feed must improve digestion for quality growth and good health, produce zero waste and reduce production cost", said Dr. Pairat, adding that the eco-friendly formula has been registered with the Department of Livestock Development's Animal Feed and Veterinary Product Control.
The researcher said the eco-friendly feed can reduce nitrogen by 12-13% and CO2 emission by 103 tonnes per annum, and lessen foul smell. It will feed 6.5 million laying hens at a complex.
Designed in accordance with the biosecurity system for disease control, the integrated complex will accommodate chicken farms, an egg sorting plant and an egg processing plant under the circular economy concept, to reduce the production cost and boost accumulated greenhouse gases for the carbon credit scheme.
CPF has used eco-friendly feed in its pig farms. In 2018, the feed cut down nitrogen in manure by 20-30% and CO2 by 23,000 tonnes at farms in Thailand. The feed has subsequently been supplied to pig farms in seven countries — Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, China, Taiwan and Russia — where greenhouse gas has been reduced by over 41,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
Meanwhile, Dr. Pairat said that his team is currently inventing a new pig feed which, aside from the ability to reduce foul smell, will demand less water usage, to help mitigate environmental impacts. The result is expected sometime this year.