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Meet Musabyimana, a poultry farmer breeding black soldier flies to reduce high cost of animal feeds

By IGIHE
On 7 September 2022 at 12:13

After realizing the shortage of soy used to produce animal feed, particularly for chicken, a Rwandan identified as Jean Baptiste Musabyimana from Mayange Sector of Bugesere District, Eastern Province has embarked on a journey to find an alternative for nutrient-rich feed.

The latter runs a project to breed black soldier flies which is in the final stage of pilot phase.

The pilot phase is being conducted at SAFE For Health center.

Musabyimana is a livestock farmer who ventured into poultry. He currently owns over 100,000 chickens that produce over 70,000 eggs per day.

His project to breed black soldier flies began in January this year to address the high cost of animal feeds owing to the shortage of soy.

The research carried out by the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) indicated that black soldier flies can provide an alternative source of protein to replace soymeal used in the production of livestock feed as highlighted by Dr. Solange Uwituze, the Deputy Director General in charge of Animal Resources Research and Technology Transfer at RAB.

“Preliminary research outcomes show that black soldier flies can successfully serve as a replacement for soybean at the rate between 25% and 50%, which is good news for livestock farmers,” she said.

Musabyimana says that he has two sheds in which he breeds flies in different phases starting from eggs which develop into to larvae. The larvae develop into flies which are dried and ground into flour rich in proteins to be used while producing animal feeds.

“We started seeking out designated black soldier flies, arranged hatcheries and hatched the eggs to produce larvae which are also nourished to grow. After 14 days, we take well developed larvae into cages where they spend six days and metamorphose into flies. Thereafter, the male and female mate to produce eggs,” he said.

The flour used in the production of animal feeds constitutes flies at 80%. Some of the flies are dried and ground to produce flour while others are returned to cages for reproduction.

The larvae of black soldier flies are fed with residues of vegetables and fruits. They also serve as a source for compost.

From seven to ten days, a fly at SAFE For Health produces between 700 and 1000 eggs.

As of today, Musabyimana has injected over Rwf300 million into the research on black soldier flies.

After sending the sample flour from flies for experiments in Europe laboratory, Musabyimana is set to use them for production of chicken feed and fish foods later.

Musabyimana breeds flies in Bugesera District.
The larvae develop into flies which are dried and ground into flour rich in proteins.
After 14 days, we take well developed larvae into cages where they spend six days and metamorphose into flies.
Black soldier flies' eggs are properly incubated to produce larvae.
The larvae of black soldier flies are fed with residues of vegetables and fruits.
Musabyimana has two sheds in which he breeds flies.
Machines used to process food for larvae.

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