Feed pioneer takes fly farms to North America

SOUTH African insect feed pioneer AgriProtein is to build 20 fly farms in the US and Canada as part of its target of 100 facilities by 2024 and 200 by 2027.
The company’s global network of insect protein factories aims to mass produce sustainable animal feeds to replace fishmeal used in aquaculture, agriculture and pet food.
It has established a dedicated North American team to develop its business locally and build an R&D capability. Headed by Jon Duschinsky, it will identify suitable locations and licensing partners for fly farm operations in the US and Canada.
The company announced the North America initiative at the World AgriTech Innovation Summit 2017 in San Francisco.
Jon Duschinsky said: ‘The US is the world’s biggest consumer of protein and the world’s biggest producer of organic waste, a very important market for us.’
AgriProtein said its technology also helps tackle the world’s growing waste crisis by rearing fly larvae on a massive scale on organic waste which would otherwise go to landfill.
Co-founder and CEO Jason Drew (pictured) said: ‘With supplies of fishmeal dwindling, we’re moving as quickly as we can to bring insect protein into the mainstream of animal feed.
‘As well as ensuring continued supply of protein in the years ahead, replacing fishmeal with insect meal allows our oceans to heal, reduces greenhouse gases at every stage of the supply chain from point-of-catch to point-of-sale and leaves more fish in the sea for humans.’
AgriProtein has allocated several international licences to use its technology in Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. Last week the company signed an agreement to build three fly farms in Saudi Arabia.
In February it announced a partnership with Austrian engineers Christof Industries, enabling it to roll out its fly factory blueprint on a turnkey basis anywhere in the world at the rate of 25 per year – more than two per month.
In January AgriProtein entered the Cleantech Global Top 100 and earlier in March won a CleanEquity award for its environmental technology research presented by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.
In December last year the company won an AUD 450,000 award for its industrially scalable solution to the depletion of fish stocks in the Indian Ocean in the Australian government backed Blue Economy Challenge.