Why We Do It
In Namibia, and in many parts of Africa, livestock and fish farming suffers from the increased costs of feed, especially protein ingredients. Due to increasing incomes, urbanization, and nutritional preference changes, the global food system is undergoing a change. There has been increased demand for animal products that in turn places additional pressure on agricultural and land resources. The costs of conventional feed resources such as soy and fishmeal are very high and moreover their availability in the future will be limited. We are simply facing a protein deficiency for animal feed. Insects are a natural food source for poultry and fish and are rich in protein and other valuable nutrients. They can also be used to improve animal diets through the replacement of synthetic protein sources such as urea. Black Soldier Fly rearing is hence a viable alternative protein source for animal feed in Namibia and Africa.