This week, we unveiled our extraordinary Insect Farming project during a spectacular field day on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. This pioneering project, funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is poised to revolutionize not only farming but also the entire landscape of development in Dzaleka.
At the heart of this endeavor lies the remarkable journey of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF), which undergoes a fascinating transformation through four developmental stages: egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. Harnessing the potential of these incredible insects, CARD's project seeks to empower both People of Concern (POC) and host communities in Dzaleka by leveraging the BSF's unique attributes.
The Black Soldier Fly's star quality comes from its impressive protein content, which soars to a remarkable 50% when it reaches maturity. This protein-rich powerhouse is a game-changer in the world of feed production. The BSF larvae can be utilized directly to nourish fish and chickens, or it can be processed into a high-protein powder. The processing involves a meticulous series of steps, including the humane termination of the larvae, solar drying, and milling, resulting in a versatile and nutritious protein powder.
During the field day visit, Wiston Sataya, Deputy Director of Irrigation, hailed the Insect Farming project as a true game-changer for the nation's development. He called upon various organizations to join hands and champion this innovative endeavor, recognizing its immense potential to elevate the region's agricultural landscape.
Commissioner for Refugees, General Ignancio Maulana, expressed heartfelt appreciation for CARD's dedicated efforts in Dzaleka. He emphasized how the project is playing a pivotal role in empowering the people of Dzaleka, fostering self-reliance, and driving sustainable development in the region.
But that's not all; the project's benefits extend beyond protein production. As the BSF goes through its transformative stages, it yields valuable byproducts. Liquid fertilizer and bio-fractions are among the treasures harvested, offering a sustainable boost to agricultural productivity.