Local start-up creates shrimp feed with black soldier flies, sets up pilot R&D site

Mr Tim van Vliet, Inseact's chief executive, said the firm is planning to use organic waste products as feedstock for the insect larvae.
Mr Tim van Vliet, Inseact's chief executive, said the firm is planning to use organic waste products as feedstock for the insect larvae.PHOTO: INSEACT

SINGAPORE - A Singapore-based start-up, Inseact, has been leveraging the voracious appetite of the black soldier fly to create protein-packed nutrients for shrimp feed and fertiliser for plants.

The black soldier fly, in its larval form, feeds on organic waste, producing frass, a byproduct that is rich in nitrogen and phosphorous and thus suitable to be used as plant fertiliser. The larvae themselves can then be integrated into shrimp feed for aquaculture.

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