USSEC recently conducted one-on-one meetings with trout farmers participating in feeding demonstrations at Lake Titicaca in Peru. USSEC Contractor Jairo Amezquita led the meetings at Darwin Gomez’s Biomarina Farm and Pablo Huaman’s farm and used feeds produced by Naltech and meal developed by Schillinger Genetics. Demonstrations evaluated high protein soy meal compared to traditional soy meal and soy protein concentrate in aquatic feeds.
The feeding demonstrations produce 15,000 metric tons of fish per year with a majority of the market share in Bolivia for finished products. Today trout is selling between $3.40 and $3.60 U.S. dollars per kg. Peruvian trout producers’ return on investment ranges from 50-70 percent each year.