Liganga DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
BioBuu Limited, a company registered
in Tanzania is using the larvae of black soldier fly
(BSF) or the Hermetia illucens to recycle nutrients
in food waste and become the protein content for
chicken or fish feed.
BSF is an insect
native to Tanzania that can consume as much as 70
percent of its own body weight in waste every day.
"For every kilogram of organic waste it consumes,
50 grams of protein are produced," says Matthew
Haden, BioBuu Limited Commercial Director.
BioBuu Limited was registered in Tanzania in 2016
after three years of research on the breeding and
feeding behaviors of black soldier flies.
The company has focused on a factory model that
produces high protein chicken and fish feed as well
as organic compost.
"We are breeding more than three million of these
insects every day just outside Dar es Salaam, in
terms of individual animals, I would bet that would
make us the biggest farm in Tanzania.
"Of course, our animal is a small insect," Haden
told Xinhua in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
He says the goal of BioBuu Limited was to recycle
the nutrients in organic waste into a high protein
feed supplement for poultry and aquaculture.
Soy and fishmeal are the main protein contents
used to feed chickens and aquaculture fish, but both
are unsustainable at current rates, says Haden.
"There will not be enough available fresh water
to irrigate croplands to feed estimated populations
"Even today, using soy as an example, research
estimates that millions of hectares of the Amazon
rainforest have been cleared for its production," he
According to him, around 85 percent of global
fish stocks were over-exploited, depleted, fully
exploited or in recovery from exploitation.
In Tanzania, the availability of soy and the high
cost of fishmeal are prohibitive to poultry and
aquaculture farmers, says Haden.
"Our innovation uses organic waste to feed
black-solider fly (BSF) larvae and produce a
high-quality protein feed for chickens and fish that
is sustainable and affordable.
"This is being used to replace soy and fishmeal
at more affordable costs," he said.
"We have a consistent price that is very
competitive," says Kigen Compton, BioBuu Limited CEO,
adding: "We sell a dried version of the insect that
has a very good protein and amino acids profile."
Currently BioBuu sells primarily to small and
medium scale chicken farmers, he says, adding that
since feed makes up the majority of costs for
chicken and fish farmers, using BSF larvae reduces
the cost of producing chicken and fish by up to 25
percent and thus has a long-term impact on the
affordability of meat for consumers in Tanzania.
"We are working with poultry farmers that mix
their own feed and are looking for more affordable
and innovative solutions," said Compton.
"We are in the process of doing trials with the
Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute for fish feed
as well," he added.
Another product of the facility is organic
As the insects eat the waste, they turn it into
very good compost.
BioBuu has been trialing this out with farmers
all across Tanzania.
The company is also making a bin for home and
farm use so Tanzanians can grow their own insects
from their waste.
"Many Tanzanians have chickens at home.
"We have designed a bin where you can dispose of
"The insect naturally comes, lays eggs and eats
your food waste," he said.