Fly Farms to Provide Alternative Protein for Animal Feeds

Jamie Johansen

What…A fly farm? Yep that’s right, AgriProtein has partnered with Christof Industries to build up to 25 fly farms a year up-cycling organic waste into insect protein for animal feeds. This is quite an interesting concept. Do you think we will see fly protein in local feed stores anytime soon?

Using a high-tech blueprint developed with Christof Industries, AgriProtein plans to roll out 100 factories by 2024 and a further 100 by 2027. The partnership will help bring insect protein into the mainstream of feeds used in aquaculture, poultry farming and petfood.

AgriProtein rears fly larvae at an industrial scale on organic waste that would otherwise go to landfill and harvests the larvae to make natural, high-protein feed products as a sustainable alternative to fishmeal and soybean meal. The fly farms will be operated by local licensees of AgriProtein technology in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

AgriProtein CEO Jason Drew said, “Waste-to-nutrient technology is starting to get traction and price per tonne is key in the fight to replace fishmeal. Christof’s expertise has enabled us to boost output and reduce costs, making us even more competitive and giving us a sound model for rapid global expansion.”

Christof Industries CEO Johann Christof said, “We now have an EPC model to deliver cost-efficient, high-volume fly farms anywhere in the world. The demand for sustainable insect protein is growing rapidly and as AgriProtein’s partner we will help meet that demand.”

Agribusiness, Feed, Nutrition