Posted by Han on May 10, 2023

“Alone you go faster, but together you go further” That is the motto of the partners of the InsectHub project.

The collaboration between Wadudu Insect Center, Entofarm, Eefting, Wormenkwekerij Wasse, Maatschap Aalbers and Sijbenga want to set up a sustainable insect chain with this project. There is currently no question of a sustainable transparent chain within the insect sector. Many parties do not cooperate and do not share their knowledge and research. The insect chain is therefore a very closed chain where there is hardly any openness. In nature you get growth through (cell) division. That would also be desirable in the insect sector.

Insects are a good opportunity to make a major contribution to solving the world food problem. Insects can be used in circular agriculture. They can process residual flows from Dutch food production into products suitable for Food, Feed and industrial applications.

Thanks to the support of the EAFRD (POP3), the cooperation partners can work together in the field of insect breeding and thereby accelerate each other in breeding. In addition, there will also be a place for specialization at the various growers. Here, companies will specialize in breeding, rearing parent animals and sales

The project focuses on the biobased economy, which is reflected in the processing of residual flows and making the insects suitable for Food, Feed and industrial applications.

In addition, the project contributes to structural soil improvement by applying the insect manure to agricultural land. The soil life is expected to be additionally stimulated.

• Sustainable insect chain -> a realized chain (perhaps in cooperative form) from which the entire chain benefits.
• Quality mark -> quality mark to which the insect chain commits itself.
• Responsible disposal of manure/dead animals -> responsible disposal of insect manure within regular (organic) agriculture, and where the dead animals have a responsible destination. And the manure contributes to sustainable structural soil improvement.
• Running insect farms -> several insect farms occupying different places in the chain.
• Insect products on the market. -> regular sales of insects with contracts with various authorities.

This project is made possible by the EAFRD “European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe invests in its countryside”.

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