The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) aims to increase demand for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with soluble (DDGS) in the aquafeed industry in Southeast Asia. It says it has participated in a series of research projects that demonstrate the economic and nutritional advantages of using DDGS in feed for shrimp and tilapia. According to the USGC’s website, in 2019, 6.5 million tons of tilapia and 3.8 million tons of shrimp were produced globally.

DDGS show very good value in least cost formulation programs as a feed ingredient for lower crude protein feeds such as tilapia,” said Ronnie Tan, USGC aquaculture consultant in Southeast Asia. “Factors including xanthophyll and phosphorus availability also may make DDGS attractive to higher-value species like shrimp.”

To fill the existing knowledge gap for DDGS use in aquafeed, the USGC started exploring markets in Southeast Asia for potential research partners. Indonesia was identified as a key target market due to current aquafeed demand of 1.8 million tons annually and aggressive domestic policy seeking to reduce dependence on wild caught fish. USGC has partnered with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Republic of Indonesia (MMAF) to examine the utility of DDGS in feeding the shrimp L. vannamei under Indonesian conditions. The first feeding trial began in early September. In addition to this public partnership, USGC is simultaneously conducting private research with large, integrated industry partners in the region. “As consumer trends evolve, so do USGC programs to meet this shifting demand. Farmed aquaculture will be a major low-cost protein source for the future, and DDGS inclusion will help drive this industry forward.”