AgriProtein Technologies – Using Contemporary Ways To Boost Protein Supply To Farmers
By the end of the year 2012, the human population of planet Earth stood at over 7.046 billion people and this population is expected to grow at a rate of 1.2% annually. Experts estimate that by the year 2050, Earth’s population will be over 9 billion people, and out of this over 900 million people will be living in hunger and malnutrition. Planet Earth will be experiencing unprecedented demand food, far exceeding the human capacity to supply them.
This would mean that farmers have to work double time if not more to meet the demand for food. This would mean clearing more land for agriculture. This will also mean compromising the natural habitat of wild animals, possibly driving more wild animal and plant population to endangered levels or possibly causing their extinction. Today Innov8tiv Magazine takes a look at how, farmers dealing with high protein food, can boost their output without taking too much negative toll on the environment. Particularly fish, chicken and cattle farmers, who need a lot of animal feeds in order to produce a good yield in terms of the mass of meat they can produce. With the ever growing Earth population, these farmers will have to boost their production output.
Considering the environmental and conservationist concerns: clearing and designating a lot of land for agriculture leads to destruction of other animal and wildlife habitats, changing the ecosystem and destruction of mother-nature’s natural balance of lifeforms. A group of innovators from South Africa came up with an innovative way of increasing the protein animal feeds without adversely changing the ecosystem, through a technology dubbed AgriProtein Technology.
The AgriProtein technology is an innovative way for industrial production of protein through a process referred to as nutrient recycling. Whereby the technology uses organic waste products to create protein, this protein will then be used to make animal feed hence meet the ever increasing demand for animal feed required to feed the animals that will supply the ever increasing human population with enough protein. The technology has now been adapted globally in producing animal feeds for fish and meat farming.
The AgriProtein Technology uses fly larvae feeding on availed abundant waste organic products and then use those larvae as food for fish and meat farming. In a process described as bioconversion, the larvae are fed on readily available organic waste products and they fatten up quickly and before they mature to fly, they are processed to make animal feeds. In the wild and naturally, fish in streams and chickens in the field feed on larvae, what this innovation did was to employ the same concept but significantly increasing the population of larvae and then processing them to make commercial animal feed that can then be sold to fish and meat farmers while at the same time responsibly disposing off the organic waste materials in the ecosystem. The farmers animals get rich protein animal feeds, while the environment remains clean due to proper disposal of bio-waste, another case of the classical saying, “Killing two birds with one stone”, or like the more common phrase, “a win-win situation”.
The nutrition composition of this “larvae-made” animal feed is nutritious compared to the conventional soya and fishmeal feeds common in the market. Also considering that it is an all-organic and natural animal feed its digestibility to the animals being fed is quite excellent. The supply, is also sustainable considering that a single female fly lays about 750 eggs in a week, most of which will hatch into larvae that will only take a few days to grow 400 times more in weight. The plant and machinery used in this AgriProtein animal feed production are modular in design making them suitable for any location, with each production line having a production capacity of about 10 tonnes of larvae daily.