Shrimp farmers in PH could reduce cost by 38.5% using Bayer technology
Bayer Philippines said that some of the shrimp farmers in the country have significantly cut their production costs by 38.5 percent by using its technology.
In a statement, Bayer said from health practices and “a package of technology”, including the company’s water treatment probiotic, could reduce farmers’ shrimp cost from P180 to P130 per kilo while feeding shrimp efficiently. The cost savings also includes electricity cost.
“The water treatment raises aeration and water exchange in ponds, cleaning the water, and enabling shrimp to maximize feeding capacity. Feed and power costs are the top two production cost indicators in aquaculture growing,” Bayer Philippines said.
Feed cost is determined through FCR (feed conversion ratio) which is computed as Total Feeds Consumed / Total Harvest Biomass.
The lower the FCR, the more efficient the production leading to cost savings and higher returns.
“The cost-effective practise uses a microbial solution, the PondPlus which provides better balance of phytoplankton and beneficial microbes in shrimp pond water. It maintains naturally healthful water conditions needed to maximize yield,” Bayer Philippines said.
“The result is an improvement in the oxygenation and nutrition level of shrimp and other crops. When used in conjunction with good farm management practices, PondPlus ensures good algal balance and pond color. The result is reduced stress and improved shrimp yields,” it added.