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Source: Reuters India  World News    3/03/2007 15:05:40

Julie Ingwersen

Farmed fish in China are developing an appetite for soymeal, and rapid expansion of that country's aquaculture sector represents a growing market for U.S. soybeans, a U.S. industry official said on Thursday.

 

China is the world's top producer of farmed fish, primarily carp and tilapia. The country's aquaculture industry uses 4.5 million to 5 million metric tonnes of soymeal a year.

 

"We think this market can double within a decade, easily. And that's up from zero, 10 years ago," said Brent Babb of the U.S. Soybean Export Council.

 

China is also the largest customer of U.S. soybeans, which is processed into soyoil and soymeal.

 

The council has been working for roughly a decade to promote soymeal use in China's fish farms. In the last two years, the council has expanded those efforts to India, which has the world's second-largest aquaculture industry.

 

"We see opportunity there. Their economy is improving, and the first thing they want to do is improve their diet," Babb said on the sidelines of the Commodity Classic, a U.S. grain industry conference.

 

China, India and other nations are turning to aquaculture to meet rising demand for fish as ocean-caught supplies become less sustainable.

 

Previously, some Asian fish farms used manure as a low-cost feed. But soymeal, long valued by poultry and hog producers as a high-protein feed, is more efficient, Babb said.

 

"We're going in with higher-quality feeds, and they have a much greater economic return."

 

Some farmed fish species like tilapia can use a diet of up to 50 percent soymeal, well above the amounts used in poultry and hog diets.

 

Researchers are also seeking ways to boost soymeal use in U.S. farms raising salmon and trout, which can tolerate a diet of only about 10 percent soymeal.

 

Soymeal supplies are poised to increase as global demand for soy-based biodiesel fuel expands. Soybean processors will produce more soyoil to meet biodiesel needs, leaving more supplies of co-product soymeal.

 

"We see aquaculture as one of the good markets that could end up using this increased supply," Babb said.

 

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