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Viraj Sikand commented on Kulisha: Food Waste into Fish Feed via Insects

Hi Kate! 

Thanks for your comments! You're right—in entering this growing market for insect-based proteins, we're hoping to slowly switch the mindset of fish farmers and consumers to being more curious and willing to accept them. 

Currently, in Kenya, there are no regulatory barriers to incorporating the larvae into feed, and we're making sure to comply with regulation regarding waste treatment and management. 



Viraj Sikand commented on Kulisha: Food Waste into Fish Feed via Insects

Hey Nicholas!

Thanks so much for your comments and suggestions! Black soldier fly larvae eat a wide variety of organic wastes, from all sorts of food production byproducts (including meat and grease - but not bones), to animal waste like chicken manure. We certainly are looking into post-consumer waste but have had issues with sorting and homogeneity/consistency. In the long run, however, it does seem like that will be imperative.

Great suggestion about dehydration - our main concern would be that it is too energy-intensive to then have to rehydrate before feeding it to the insects (they require some baseline moisture content in order to digest the feedstock.) Do you know much about dehydration techniques, maybe using passive solar to cut down energy costs? 



Viraj Sikand commented on Kulisha: Fueling the Future of Fish Farming One Insect at a Time

Hi Tiffany! Great question—something we're definitely thinking a lot about. At the moment, we're going to the farms themselves and collecting waste, but we realize we'll have to put in place a more established system in order to scale.