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Danes aim for 11,000 tonnes of insects

Trout Feed ingredients +3 more

Fish feed producer Aller Aqua is taking part in a project that aims to produce 30 tonnes of insects a day by 2022.

One of the outputs from the project 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.

The facility will be the first of its kind in Denmark

“Insect meal has the potential to be a valuable raw material in fish feed, not only due to its high protein content. Several trials have been carried out with the inclusion of insect meal to replace or partially replace fish meal 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,” explains Dr Hanno Slawski, Aller Aqua’s R&D director.

The other companies in the project, which has been granted DKK 15.9 million from Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and Food, are DTU Aqua, The Danish Technological Institute, Hanneman Engineering, Champost and Enorm.

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 focuses on achieving a no-waste-production with optimal usage of all nutrients and resources.