Focus on FEED
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Feeding for human health
hile it isn’t news that nutrition can be a powerful tool when used to control or prevent diseases or other conditions in poultry, it is only more recently that effective nutrition has also been actively used to promote animal health.
With a growing global focus on antibiotic resistance, a reduction in the use of antibiotic growth promoters in areas such as North America and Asia has resulted in greater emphasis being placed on the value of nutrition and supplements. It is also accepted that feeding farm animals the right diet can result in improved food safety and therefore human health as
Fly larvae coin it for emerging farmer
The winner of the 5th annual SAB Social Innovation Awards is a low-cost insect production unit for animal feed by Khepri Biosciences, whose owner, Bandile Dlabantu from the Eastern Cape, was last week awarded a prize of R1.2-million for the commercialisation of the invention, a cost-effective waste management method for food producers and abattoirs.
The container unit is able to process organic waste onsite using fly larvae, with a 40% reduction of the waste products, with the larvae converted into low cost animal feed protein. Judges said the insect production unit would assist local emerging famers, particularly chicken farmers, reduce their feed bills.
“It offers a replacement which is equally as nutritious as fish meal and is more sustainable,” says Bridgit Evans, SAB Foundation Manager.
The winning innovation was cost effective, sustainable and replicable, and would have a significant impact on social problems, particularly for people in rural areas, the judging panel said.
“The prize from the SAB Foundation allows us to commission the first six mobile fly farms for our pilot facility, a Chamdor abattoir that will process 100% of the waste produced by the abattoir daily,” said Dlabantu. “This site will employ 10 people permanently and three part-time allowing us the opportunity to raise the funding that will build a plant with a capacity to take 60% of the organic waste in Gauteng and produce 100 000 tons of animal feed protein in five years’ time.”
FAO recognises successful IFIF partnership
At the 4th Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)