The BMR Group, whose Chairman Dr. Beeda Masthan Rao introduced Litopenaeus vannamei shrimp to the Indian subcontinent in 2003, is working toward full integration and four-star BAP status through the construction of a new feed mill in Andhra Pradesh, India. Scheduled for completion in March 2016, the feed mill will have a capacity of 300 metric tons a day.

“We have hired some of the best nutritionists from around the globe to produce a premium-quality pelleted feed to benefit the local shrimp farmers,” said Alfred Nasti, director of shrimp sales for BMR Seafood USA. “BMR Group is setting up an onsite quality-control laboratory to analyze all the raw material for critical nutritional values and amino acid profiles. This will insure a finished feed product that will result in higher yields for the farmers.”

The feed mill is being built in the same complex that is home to BMR Industries’ shrimp processing facility. Opened in August 2014, the factory has a freezing capacity of 55 metric tons a day. BMR Group’s farms cover 250 hectares, with additional farms under construction. BMR also has 12 hatcheries with a capacity of 4 billion postlarvae that supply nearly a third of India’s shrimp farmers.

BMR Group is also constructing a research and development facility with the help of some of India’s leading technocrats and nutritionists. Their goals are to find new developments that create maximum results and continue improving responsible practices for small-scale farmers to adopt.

“We hope to work together with BAP and get as many of our farmers certified as economically as possible,” Nasti said.