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Zambian tilapia producer Yalelo Limited has entered into an MoU with China-based Famsun Company, subsidiary of Muyang Co. Ltd., for building a turn-key dedicated aquafeed mill in Zambia

Tilapia Fish - Kalungi Nathan - Wikimedia CommonsIngredients for the fish feed, such as soy, will be locally sourced. (Image source: Kalungi Nathan/Wikimedia Commons)

The facility will have an initial capacity of 25,000 tonnes per annum with modular design enabling ease of expansion up to 50,000 tonnes per annum.

This capacity is expected to meet Yalelo’s own feed requirements along with those of other aquaculture farmers in the growing Zambian aquaculture sector.

At the centre of the mill will be the Famsun MY120 twin-screw extruder with capacity of 7.5 tonnes per hour and the new 3000 Series Famsun dryer. The mill will also include technology for ultra-fine pulverisation of raw materials, PLC automated micro-dosing and vacuum liquid coating.

Adam Taylor, chairman at Yalelo, commented on the investment, saying that it “builds on our goal of supporting the Zambian aquaculture value-chain. Reliable supply of high quality aquafeed is necessary for a sustainable sector, including both smallholders and commercial farms. Combined with Zambia’s increasing volumes of non-GMO soy production the finished product should provide exceptional value to the farmer and ultimately to the end-consumer.”

The project will require a total investment of about US$6mn and is expected to create more than 75 high quality new jobs. Yalelo anticipates delivery of the equipment in early 2016 for completion of commissioning later that year.