The Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)
Research on Black Soldier Fly shows amazing results.
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Research on Black Soldier Fly larvae in Kenya shows their huge potential for reducing the ecological and economic footprint of livestock feed in Africa.

Black Soldier Fly larvae have the potential to substitute other animal- or plant-derived protein sources in commercial livestock feed, researchers from the Center of Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany, reported in July 2019.

In Africa, livestock production currently accounts for about 30 per cent of the gross value of agricultural production. However, production is struggling to keep up with the demands of expanding human populations, the rise in urbanisation and the associated shifts in diet habits.

High costs of feed prevent the livestock sector from thriving and meeting the rising consumer demand. In recent years, researchers identified insects as potential alternatives to the conventionally used protein sources in livestock feed. They assessed that insects have rich nutrients content and can be reared on organic side streams. Moreover, substrates derived from organic by-products are suitable for industrial large-scale production of insect meal.

The nutritive value of Black Soldier Fly larvae

The researchers compared the nutritive value of Black Soldier Fly larvae to three different organic substrates: chicken manure, brewers’ spent grain and kitchen waste.

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