Merck Animal Health Announces High Quality Tilapia Congress in Brazil

Congress to be Held in São José do Rio Preto from November 25-27

SUMMIT, N.J., November 25, 2014 – Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced that the company will hold a High Quality Tilapia Congress in São José do Rio Preto in Brazil, on November 25-27. The Congress will be attended by nearly 75 key opinion leaders and customers in the Latin American tilapia industry. 

“Production and consumption of tilapia continues to grow at a fast pace,” said Rodrigo Zanolo, aquaculture marketing manager, Merck Animal Health. “We are pleased to offer services and programs such as the High Quality Tilapia Congress, which help support producers as they meet growing global demand for safe and sustainable fish protein.” 

The Congress will consist of three principal sessions: “Industry & Environment” and “Production” on November 26, followed by “Market” on November 27. Sessions will focus on timely topics related to tilapia production including the impact of climate change, the strategic importance of organized associations of fish farmers, good management practices, and the specifications and requirements that retailers are driving towards. Presentations from academic experts, industry leaders and Merck Animal Health representatives will be featured, including:

Session 1 – Industry & Environment – November 26

  • Rui Nobrega – Business Unit Director, Aquaculture and Swine, Merck Animal Health
  • Fábio Betti Rodrigues Salgado – Partner, Corall
  • Dr. Wilson Flavio Feltrim Roseghini – Assistant Professor, Federal University of Paraná; Financial Director, Brazilian Climatology Association; Editor, Revista Brasileira de Climatologia (Brazilian Climatology Magazine)
  • Felipe Sandoval Precht – President of SalmonChile, the Chile Salmon Industry Association

Session 2 – Production – November 26

  • Luis Caro Lagos – General Manager, ORZA
  • Felipe Manterola Gana – General Manager, SalmonChile, the Chile Salmon Industry Association
  • Rodrigo Zanolo – Aquaculture Marketing Manager, Merck Animal Health
  • Dr. Fernando Kubitza – Consultant, Acqua Imagem

Session 3 – Market – November 27

  • Adriano Romero – Founder, Agroinova
  • Oscar Parra Ponce – Business Unit Manager Aqua Latin America, Merck Animal Health
  • Meg Caetano Fellipe – Manager, Grupo Pão de Açúcar (GPA)

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