From India to New Caledonia – passing through to Ecuador – HTS BIO travels the world to develop biotreatment solutions for sustainable aquaculture…
India: starting point for success
With an increasing global demand for shrimp, mainly from the United States, Japan, and Western Europe, shrimp farming – or shrimp culture – represents a great growth opportunity for countries like Ecuador and India, which ranks third worldwide in shrimp culture, with a production of 350,000 tons per year.
In HTS’Mag N°1 (see the following link « la révolution de la crevette indienne »), we explained how HTS BIO partnered with Manoj Sharma, an Indian shrimp farmer, to develop three biotreatment products for shrimp farming, VIVAPOND®, VIVASOIL® and VIVAGROWTH®.
Because the sector is very competitive, to be successful, solutions must be both innovative and economically beneficial. And that is exactly what HTS BIO’s “VIVA” is.
India road trip
February 2015, HTS BIO heads to India to join the renowned Manoj Sharma, who has been a tireless ambassador for sustainable shrimp farming, for an east-west journey (link for the video turning on the route).
- Step 1: Vijayawada: the dream team meets some of the largest players in the sector at Aqua Aquaria India 2015, the biggest aquaculture trade show in Asia.
- Step 2: Calcutta: « VIVA » presentation to 80 farmers(1). Excellent reception and promising feedback.
- Step 3: Surat: on the east coast of the Indian peninsula, home to our ambassador, for meetings with farmers who have supported the project from the beginning. A great opportunity to provide an update on latest developments, best practices, scientific testing results and, importantly, to unite around sustainable shrimp farming.
¡Aqui estamos Ecuador!
Since the 1970s, Ecuador has pioneered shrimp farming in South America, and it is has experienced rapid growth. The negative environmental impact of agriculture has made Ecuador eager to adopt sustainable solutions. Ecuadorian René Merchan recognized that VIVA offered a positive eco-friendly alternative and worked hard to register VIVA with the authorities. And he was successful! By the end of 2014, the first container of VIVA was shipped to the cocoa-producing country.
In March 2015, HTS BIO and its ambassador – whose success, innovative thinking and expertise earned him the name “King of the shrimp” or “Doctor Shrimp” – traveled to Ecuador to promote VIVA. Meetings include a major local producer, currently farming 2500 Ha, and farmers from Guayaquil, a primary production zone on the Peruvian border.
The reception, again, was excellent. As in India, Manoj’s presence, alongside HTS BIO, inspired confidence, respect, and excitement.
Tests, piloted by René Merchan, are now underway on 86 Ha in Ecuador. The results will be announced in October 2015 at a trade show and symposium in conjunction with the commercial launch of the VIVA line in Ecuador?.
Welcome to New Caledonia!
With 700 Ha dedicated to shrimp farming, New Caledonian shrimp farming generates 30 million euros. This top-of-the-line tropical shrimp production is mainly exported to Japan where it is consumed as sushi. The signature feature of this top-of-the-line shrimp from New Caledonia? Very long antennae.
Upon returning from India and Ecuador, the HTS BIO team meet in New Caledonia. There they find a major challenge: the shrimp survival rate in ponds is less than 50%. Fortunately, the global VIVA biotreament offers a solution, and New Caledonia sees it as a both an answer and as an opportunity for development. Some New Caledonian farmers are ready to adopt VIVA, while tests are underway at CTA (Aquaculture Technical Center), the experimental laboratory associated with IFREMER.
Sustainable growth on the horizon
In 2014, the shrimp farming branch, aquaculture solutions (see the following link: http://www.htsbio.com/fr/produits/technique/aquaculture) generated revenue of 200,000 euro for HTS BIO.
The goal is to reach 1,000,000 euros by 2018 with two new lines of development:
- Geographic expansion, including production in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Oceania,
- New biotreatment solutions for pisciculture and shellfish farming.
In addition to contributing to the growth of HTS BIO, these promising developments fulfill a greater mission for the company: designing and implementing innovative solutions for a sustainable and profitable aquaculture.
Has your mouth started watering yet? Ours has!
Doctor Shrimp’s favorite recipe: Coco-Curry shrimp
Ingredients for 4 people:
- 1 kg of large shrimp 16/20
- 2 spoons of curry paste
- 400 mL of coconut milk
- A couple crushed coriander leaves
In a sauté pan, bring the shrimp to high heat for 3 minutes while stirring in the curry paste.
Add coconut milk, mix well and let simmer for 5 minutes on low heat.
Serve with basmati rice sprinkled with chopped coriander leaves.