May 19, 2017
Huge potential for aqua feed milling in Indonesia: Buhler
With more than 17,000 islands, a coastline of 81,000 square kilometres, and only a fraction of the total area suitable for aquaculture being farmed, Indonesia has huge potential for the aqua feed milling industry, Buhler's sales in charge for the country told eFeedLink at Indo Livestock 2017 Expo & Forum in Surabaya.
"Figures show that out of the 52% of the area suitable for mariculture, a mere 0.03% is currently used. The figures are 30 and 11% for freshwater aquaculture and 17 and 39% for brackish water aquaculture. Mariculture areas include Aceh, Padang, Lampung, Bali and Maluku, and the fish species include grouper and barramundi," says Mr. Jimmy De Mey, sales in charge for Buhler's feed milling business in Indonesia which was started more than 25 years ago.
"Buhler is a 100% Swiss family-owned company, and is committed to sales stability, investing 5% of its annual turnover in R&D. Its 2016 turnover was CHF 2.45 billion. Buhler has 27 manufacturing sites and over 90 service stations around the world, with 11,000 employees in over 140 countries. Buhler Indonesia was formed in 2012, with workshops in Surabaya, and an office and laboratory service in Jakarta. Our engineers provide support and servicing to our customers in the country," says Mr. De Mey.
Specifically for aqua feed milling, Mr. De Mey also describes Buhler as having "good partnerships" to set up aqua feed plants in the country. "We have various machines in our portfolio, such as our single screw and twin screw extruders, which define the wide range of aqua feed which we can produce, such as sinking and floating feeds. We also provide feed mill customers turnkey solutions along their whole process line," highlights Mr. De Mey.
Indonesia's rapid population growth and increasing need for food are also driving other sectors in the industry, which Buhler has been capitalising on. Of the five poultry market zones designated in the country, the company already has customers in all of them.
"If trade issues such as the import of commodities work in our favour, we are aiming for a two-digit growth for the Indonesian market within the next five years," concludes Mr. De Mey.