Virtual TARS 2021 to focus on Shrimp: Markets • Margins • Productivity, August 18-20

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The Aquaculture Roundtable Series (TARS) 2021 will be held over three days, from August 18-20, 2021 and focus on  Shrimp: Markets • Margins • ProductivityThe three-day meeting will address key issues impacting Asia’s farmed shrimp industry today and explore opportunities for the future. COVID-19 has brought new market challenges, namely a shift in demand, a shift in supply, disruptions along the supply chain, and changes in market preferences. Diseases continue to impact productivity. Decreasing survival rates lead to higher cost of production and lower margins. A higher supply from Asia and Latin America have brought down prices and are squeezing margins.

“During these challenging two years, we see how shrimp markets and consumer perceptions are influencing industry trends in Asia. While we seek ways to improve production efficiency, it is important to draw the industry’s attention to sustainability demands to build consumer confidence in Asian shrimp. At the same time, farmers must move to adopt innovations and big data analyses to build a predictable and consistent industry,” says Dr Zuridah Merican, conference chair and editor of Aqua Culture Asia Pacific magazine.

TARS 2021 will bring industry stakeholders together to address these critical issues and seek solutions with market-led production while using innovative technologies to increase production efficiency. Discussions will focus on building consumer confidence in farmed shrimp from Asia and convince markets on its sustainability agenda.

The TARS 2021 program includes 7 plenary and Q&A sessions.  In summary, the plenary sessions will cover 

  • State of the Industry – Understanding Markets and Consumers
  • Sustainability – Building Consumer Confidence
  • SWOT Analysis on the Asian Model
  • Margin Optimisation
  • Managing Productivity – Survival Rates and Disease Control
  • Weak Links in the Supply Chain
  • Future Growth Needs Investments and Big Data

Not to be missed is the Hard Talk Session with 3 business leaders in their respective fields (shrimp feed, farming and functional additive supplier) who will offer their perspectives on “Why is there a trust deficit among Asian farmers on functional feeds?”

The virtual platform will feature live streaming of the full conference sessions; on demand content; live Q&A sessions and chats; sponsors’ hall; and networking and matchmaking opportunities. Organisers assure that attendees can expect the same quality and output as previous in-person events, in terms of presentations and networking opportunities.

“Although TARS 2021 will be a virtual edition, attendees can expect the same quality and output as previous in-person events,” Merican reiterates.

TARS 2021 is organized by Aqua Culture Asia Pacific and Corporate Media Services, in collaboration with industry sponsors that include DSM Nutritional Products, INVE Aquaculture, Biomin, Corbion, BASF, Adisseo, Jefo Nutrition, Diana Aqua, and Grobest.

 The forte of TARS, the Interactive Breakout Roundtable sessions continue in this virtual edition but in virtual rooms. It is on “Building Alliances to Improve the Supply Chain and Traceability” where stakeholders tell what they want from each other to build alliances, collaborate and integrate.

Groups of participants will be assigned to breakout rooms of their choice:

  • Group 1: Feed Millers & Farmers
  • Group 2: Hatchery, Genetics and Farmers
  • Group 3: Marketing/Processing and Farmers

TARS 2021 is organized by Aqua Culture Asia Pacific and Corporate Media Services, in collaboration with industry sponsors – DSM Nutritional Products, INVE Aquaculture, Biomin, Corbion, BASF, Adisseo, Jefo Nutrition, Diana Aqua, and Grobest. More on TARS 2021 at www.tarsaquaculture.com/Email: conference@tarsaquaculture.com

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