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Bayer to boost its position in shrimp farming market

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Bayer Animal Health is boosting its solution offerings for shrimp and other warm-water aquaculture species through supply and distribution agreements with water treatment technology suppliers, Cytozyme Laboratories Inc. and Chengdu Kehongda Technology Co., Ltd, as well as farm management technology provider, XpertSea Solutions Inc. With these agreements, Bayer Animal Health extends greater access to pond water environment management technologies to farmers in key shrimp producing countries, further enhancing operational efficiency and sustainability.

Water treatment solutions play an important role in aquaculture, enabling producers to manage the complex pond ecosystem and provide an optimal environment for shrimp to thrive. As part of the agreement with Cytozyme, Bayer Animal Health will commercialize Proquatic™ PondRestore, a product that enhances metabolization activities in the pond-soil and pond-water environment, in several key aquaculture countries. The product is already part of Bayer Animal Health’s water treatment portfolio in China.

The agreement with Kehonda will enable the rollout of Fetant™ Complex Iodine Solution technology as part of Bayer Animal Health’s portfolio in China and Vietnam. This partnership with Kehonda follows the inclusion of Dyvon™ PondAcid to Bayer Animal Health’s water treatment solution program in China. The product is a pond-water conditioner that supports the quality of phytoplankton populations and maintains levels of dissolved oxygen in the pond water.

Together with XpertSea, Bayer Animal Health advances digital farming in shrimp aquaculture. The agreement offers smart devices and artificial intelligence-powered software for a comprehensive approach to data-driven farm management as part of its integrated services in China, Ecuador, India and Vietnam. The devices leverage optics to measure vital pond statistics over time and identify changes in the health of a population. Insights are aggregated into XpertSea’s online Growth Platform, which aids producers in making data-driven management and treatment decisions.

“We are proud to be able to play a leading role in offering shrimp producers an application program of non-pharmaceutical pond-water treatment products that make up a comprehensive solution. Together with our partners, we are committed to continuing to bring technology to shrimp producers and supporting the sustainable development of the industry,” said Jan Koesling, global aquaculture manager at Bayer Animal Health.

Over the last few decades, Bayer Animal Health has fine-tuned its offering of water treatment solutions to address the needs of warm-water pond aquaculture customers in different segments. The agreements with Cytozyme, Kehonda and XpertSea follow successful pilot projects in China and Vietnam in 2019 and build upon leading umbrella brands of ProteAQ™, Proquatic™ and Fetant™.

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