THA - CPF Builds “Aquaculture 5.0” Shrimp Farm in the USA
Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF) is developing a new “Aquaculture 5.0” shrimp farm in the USA.
The farm can culture shrimp anywhere, anytime of year, with complete biosecurity and zero waste discharge.
“It will be the most sustainable and reliable technology for culturing shrimp,” said Mr. Robins McIntosh, Executive Vice President at CPF. “Homegrown shrimp, our subsidiary in the USA, uses technologies that can culture shrimp anywhere in the world in any season.”
He added that while shrimp farms are normally located nearby coastal areas, Homegrown shrimp farm takes an unconventional approach. Although operating the aquaculture farm on an inland, it has total independence from the ocean, operating instead with artificial sea water created by blending locally-sourced fresh water with salt. This strategic decision reduces the cost of shrimp and impact on sensitive coastal environments.
“Both the hatchery and farm are totally enclosed within a sealed temperature-controlled building. This enables shrimp culture at the optimum temperature of 30◦ Celsius year-round regardless of the outside temperature. The farm will be equipped with automation and mechanical processes, enabling more efficient operation and less manpower.”