NIGERIA – Nutreco, a global leader in animal nutrition and aquaculture, has inaugurated a cutting-edge fish and poultry feed production plant in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

The €25 million (US$26.7M) modern facility spans 170,000 square meters of land and boasts an annual manufacturing capacity of 125,000 metric tons of extruded fish and animal feeds.

The inauguration ceremony on April 17, 2024, was graced by, Seyi Makinde the Executive Governor of Oyo State, alongside dignitaries including Adeniyi Adebisi, Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Michel Deelen, Consul General of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Nigeria.

Skretting Nigeria Limited, launched by Nutreco in 2014, produces catfish superior feeds, broodstock feed and tilapia catering for the entire fish life cycle, as well as poultry feed under the Trouw Nutrition brand, including Hendrix Protein Concentrates and Hendrix Broiler Pellet Feeds.

Since its inception, the company has actively contributed to the country’s economy by producing feed locally, using locally sourced raw materials.

The new feed production facility is poised to further boost the agriculture sector and national GDP, providing jobs to 135 staff directly and 150 through a third-party agency.

Seyi Adeleke-Ige, General Manager of Skretting Nigeria, expressed enthusiasm about the plant’s potential impact on the agriculture sector.

We are very pleased about the growth of our business in Nigeria, a country with over 218 million people and a rising demand for protein. Opening a facility of this magnitude will ensure that we can meet both local demand and that of neighbouring West African countries,” Seyi noted.

Pieter Bastiaanssen, Nutreco’s Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa, highlighted the company’s commitment to Nigeria’s agricultural development, adding that the new plant is committed to producing high-quality, affordable feeds and concentrates, specifically tailored to meet the diverse needs of the Nigerian market.

“This investment underscores our dedication to our purpose of Feeding the Future, helping us improve food production efficiency and make superior nutrition accessible to everyone in the region,” he said.

The new plant further emphasises Nutreco’s commitment to Nigeria’s aquaculture and agriculture sectors, which has already been demonstrated through the Catfish Sustainability and Hendrix4U community development projects.

The Catfish Sustainability Project, which has supported fish farmers since 2015, has grown from 50 farmers at its inception to 1,350 farmers today.

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