AgriProtein/ Fly-Farming is pioneering waste-to-nutrient recycling technology to up-cycle organic waste into high-protein animal feed using fly larvae. Tanzania has the third largest livestock population on the African continent comprising 25 million cattle, 98% of which are indigenous breeds, complemented by 16.7 million goats, 8 million sheep, 2.4 million pigs, and 36 million chickens. In 2017 cost of Animal feed had tripled from 2017, feed for poultry alone was 7,000 shillings (apx 3$) for a 50 kilo bag to 20,000 shillings (apx 20$).Fly farming is able to reduce the cost of Animal feed in the market as well as compost at a fraction of average feed with better nutrition and lower cost to run.
- The Latin name for the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) is Hermetia illucens.
- Unlike houseflies, BSFs avoid human habitations and are not considered pests.
- Unlike houseflies, adult BSFs do not have working mouthparts, so do not cycle between food sources and egg laying sites.
- This means they can’t bite and don’t spread disease.
- The BSF life cycle is short: 2 weeks as a larva, 2 weeks pupating and 4-5 days as an adult.
- The adult’s only role is to find a mate and lay eggs.
- After mating in mid-air, the female lays 500 eggs at a time which hatch after 3-4 days.
- In 18 days, 1g of eggs grows into 5.7kg of larvae.
- BSF larvae thrive in a wide range of organic matter.
- BSF larvae have been shown to fight disease-causing pathogens such as coli.
- Meal- is a 55% protein, 100% sustainable natural organic animal feed
- Oil -is a versatile, natural, omega-rich oil for use in feeds
- Soil -is a high-quality compost for use in farming and horticulture