“Enzyme usage goes hand in hand with sustainability impact. We see tremendous growth and potential in the African region, coupled with the need for sustainable measures. Enzymes are part of the solution for the industry,” says Peter Fisher, VP Animal Nutrition and Health EMEA, DSM Nutritional Products
The African feed industry is growing at a fast pace and is seeing an increase in demand for protein from the African continent. However, the industry is also facing some headwinds in the form of tough competition from imports, rising raw material prices and lower profitability. Furthermore, the local environment is being harmed by the large volumes of livestock manure polluting local water systems.
One of the major dilemmas faced by food producers – from farms to meat processors – is how to meet the nutritional protein needs of a growing global population while minimizing the environmental impact of those activities. Agriculture needs sustainable solutions that optimize processes and increase output, and enzymes are part of the answer.
Each year, the Alliance hosts a number of Enzyme Academies in the form of large customer events. Over the course of these events, a large number of customers are educated about the mode of action, application and positive impact of our enzymes in animal feed. In the summer of 2018, the Alliance took the Enzyme Academy to Johannesburg and the important sub-Saharan region, for the first time, to inform customers about the benefits of using feed enzyme solutions in the region.
Rick Kleyn, nutritionist from Spesfeed (Pty) Ltd. in South Africa, refers to the Enzyme Academies as an excellent showcase of exactly how the two organizations fit together as an Alliance. “The workshop session at the event offered information about the enzymes to the participants, while a number of excellent speakers shared vital insights into modern nutritional trends with the African nutritionists. A great event, which we hope to see repeated.”
Customer education will remain a top priority for the Alliance, as understanding the importance of enzymes in the animal feed industry is key to helping agriculture become more profitable, efficient and sustainable.