Danes in­vest in in­sect meal sec­tor

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DAN­ISH feed com­pany Aller Aqua has part­nered with an in­sect fac­tory to pro­duce Den­mark’s first in­dus­trial scale in­sect meal.

The goal of the project, funded to the tune of DKK 15.9 mil­lion by the Dan­ish gov­ern­ment, is to pro­duce 30 tonnes of in­sects per day four years from now.

One of the out­puts from the project, with in­sect com­pany Enorm Bio­fac­tory, will be in­sect meal, and Aller Aqua’s role will be to help de­velop and test prod­ucts suit­able for trout farm­ing.

Should this suc­ceed, in­sect meal could also be tested as an in­gre­di­ent for feed for salmon and tilapia.

‘In­sect meal has the po­ten­tial to be a valu­able raw ma­te­rial in fish feed, not only due to its high pro­tein con­tent,’ said Hanno Slawski, group re­search and devel­op­ment di­rec­tor for Aller Aqua.

‘Sev­eral tri­als have been car­ried out with the in­clu­sion of in­sect meal to re­place or par­tially re­place fish­meal in fish feed with promis­ing re­sults, but fur­ther re­search is needed be­fore com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tion.’

Re­search and tri­als will be car­ried out at Aller Aqua Re­search in Bü­sum, Ger­many.

Be­sides pro­duc­ing in­sect meal for in­clu­sion in fish feed, Enorm Bio­fac­tory will also pro­duce both in­sect meal and oil for use in pork and poul­try pro­duc­tion, and even­tu­ally hu­man con­sump­tion.

In ad­di­tion, the project, which also in­volves the Dan­ish Tech­no­log­i­cal Tn­sti­tute, Hanne- man En­gi­neer­ing and Cham­post, fo­cuses on achiev­ing a no-waste-pro­duc­tion with op­ti­mal us­age of all nu­tri­ents and re­sources.

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