Breeding insects from abattoir waste to produce animal protein feed
The enterprise, at its first pilot site in Krugersdorp, collects abattoir and agricultural waste as input for the production of insect larvae, which, in turn, serve as raw material for protein-rich animal feed.
The product is cheaper than conventional feed based on fish meal, reducing the cost of animal farming. The enterprise also produces compost that is sold to farmers to organically improve yields.
Khepri Bioscience is reducing input costs for farmers, thus lowering the price of mainly fish, chicken meat and eggs, paving the way to improved food security in the region. Closing the loop between organic waste and farming, the enterprise diverts agricultural waste from landfills. As it offers an alternative source of protein feed to popular fish meal, it also reduces pressure on marine life.
Khepri Innovations leads the bioconversion enterprise and is involved in the relationship development and management of the production sites.
The Centre for Science and Industry Research (CSIR) provides incubated companies with access to ready-to-use biomanufacturing facilities, research and development.
The Innovation Hub provides innovation support, business development and office facilities.
AfriGrow Development identifies communities that can participate in the outgrower model.
Technoserve will assist the enterprise in identifying potential buyers in the poultry and fish farming industry.
The 2015 SEED Awards in South Africa are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.
The 2015 SEED Awards in South Africa is supported by Hisense.