The price of animal feeds has been on the rise over the last few years pushing many out of business especially poultry farmers and many of those remaining are barely making it.
To solve this problem Kenyatta University graduate Adan Mohammed came up with a solution where he feeds insects on waste products from households and the insects are inturn used to make animal proteins. This method helps to reduce waste and also provides cheaper animal proteins.
He produces Dudumill which is feed for both chicken, pigs and fish from ground insects and also helps to manage waste.
Due to a shortage of grain, by-products and oil cakes and price of animal feed has on average, gone up by 50-94% since October 2010. The result being an increase in the cost of animal feeds to a point where most farmers are not able to sustain their livestock.
Mr Mohammed says that his Dudumill will also help cut down on overfishing as the protein substitutes fishmeal which is extracted from fish. The founder of Ecodudu says he used to deal in supplies of animals feeds before and realized that farmers were complaining of high cost of feeds compelling him to think of alternative feeds.
The practice also cubs gaseous emissions from unrecycled waste which is known to cause harmful respiratory diseases. High demand for food is driving demand for chicken and fish in major cities making Mohammed’s solution bankable.
“We offer a higher quality feed for almost half the price of what is currently in the market,” says Mohammed.
He supplies the feeds to farmers in Kiambu and Karatina at a cost of Sh1000 per the 60kg sack compared to the cost of chick mash which goes for Sh2500.
The waste from the insects combines with the remaining which is then made into fertiliser which is also sold.