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FISH MEAL

Since fish itself is a highly proteinaceous commodity. It’s been preferred on behalf of other food stuffs. Similar to fish the fish meal also imparts proteins of high nutritive value, because of the presence of 22 essential amino acids including the most important amino acid-Lysine, which of course, is rarely present in other feeds/ food stuffs.

The fish meal removes the moisture which in turn increases the concentration of proteins available for the growth. The meal is also rich in B-group vitamin namely – Riboflavin, Pantothenic acid, Niacin and Choline. The powdered fish meal is rich in minerals like Calcium, Phosphorus, Iodine etc.

Fish meal contains other growth promoting and protein utilization factors that are found to be easily digestible for the poultry and aqua animals. The protein efficiency ratio (PER) has been worked out to find the growth studies in animals and farm grown animals.

Unlike other vegetable protein meals, fish meal contains very less fibre content which is useful in getting the food easily digested and also for the energy calculation.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specification of Sardine (Sardinella longiceps) fish meal manufactured at Raj Fish Meal and Oil Co. (within the BIS limits)

PARAMETER VALUE APPLICATION
Protein 60 & 62% min fish meal

Application in Aqua feeds, Fish feeds and poultry feeds
as the main ingredient

Fat 10 – 12% max
Moisture 7 – 12% max
Ash 22 – 25% max
Acid Value 25% max
Sand 2% max
Salt 2% max
APPLICATION
fish meal

Application in Aqua feeds, Fish feeds and poultry feeds
as the main ingredient

OUR FISH MEAL PROCESS

Gone are the days where the trash fish is utilized for the fish meal production. Earlier the fresh fish that were not supportive for human consumption lead to the manufacture of fish meal production. The fish that is diverted for the production of various byproducts such as the fishmeal is about one third of the total fish consumption. Normally the low priced fishes having less market value and those which are disliked in taste and flavour are reduced to fishmeal. This also helps in maintaining the civic problems in fishing industry. The leading fish meal producers in the world are Japan, Chile, USSR, Peru, USA, Norway and Denmark. Of late, India is finding its place in this group. The company has made its name in ‘Quality’ and ‘Capacity’ in terms of production.

The fresh fish is brought to the factory in iced condition. The icing is done depending upon the transporting time. The raw material is taken through the conveyors from the fish tanks through a metal detector (to catch the metal items) to the “Cookers” which makes use of indirect steam for cooking. The cooked fish is later pressed in “Screw Press” to separate Fish liquor (Press Liquor) and Fish solids (Press cakes). The fish liquor hereby termed as ‘Stick water’ is collected in a stick water tank for further oil separation.

fish meal process

The press cake having 40-45% moisture is forwarded to the “Steam Drier” and that with the help of indirect steam the fishmeal dries inside the drier. The dried fishmeal is pulverizered into fine particle size. The fish meal is finally sieved and cooled before packing directly into an inner coated polypropylene bag of 50kg capacity. The fishmeal thus produced is stored in a well maintained godown.

Most of the equipments for the production of fishmeal are manufactured and imported from China. The conveyors that are used in the production line are all Stainless steel materials.

The shelf life of the fishmeal is increased by adding suitable antioxidant in a recommended dosage.