IITA’s BSF Technology Project Launched

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Agriculture (IITA) with funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) has launch the Black Soldier Flies (BSF) Technology Project in Accra.

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IITA is a nonprofit organisation (NGO) that works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risk whiles generating wealth from Agriculture, with the ultimate goals of reducing hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

The project launch was on the theme; “Production of Chicken and Fish Feeds and Organic Fertiliser using BSF Technology based Urban Biowaste Processing in Ghana, Mali and Niger”

The 2018 United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP) Outlook Report on the
State of Waste in Africa indicates that Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generation in
Africa is projected to double by 2025, from 125 million tons in 2012. While an estimated 70-80% of the MSW generated in Africa is recyclable, only 4% of the MSW enters the recycling process.

The inorganic fraction of the MSW constitutes the larger share of the MSW entering the recycling process. Inorganic waste has attracted the attention of the private sector, driven by poverty and unemployment.

The biowaste, which constitutes the larger share of the MSW, remains to be neglected. In Africa, municipalities do not have adequate financial resources and
infrastructure to deal with substantial waste generation in major cities.

With limited resources and infrastructure in the face of growing populations, Accra, Bamako, and Niamey are among the major African cities plagued by MSW management problems, particularly biowaste management. In Accra, for example, degradable organic materials make up about 67% of the waste stream.

In a speech delivered by Dr. May-Guri Saethre, a senior Adviser at NORAD, she hinted, the project consortium also includes two Norwegian partners, the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research and the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research.

She further stated that, the project is based on the principles of circular Bioeconomy (CBE), an area her outfit would like to contribute to develop in Africa and elsewhere.
” It also contributes to several sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including 1,2,6,8,9,11,12 and 13″, she added.

Delivery a keynote address, Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Agriculture in charge of Livestock, Alhaji Mohammed Hardi Tuferiu, reiterated that the BSF Technology project aims to address some challenges including; unsustainable Biowaste Management and Unsustainable supply of animal feed and fertiliser by turning Biowaste challenge into an opportunity using an environmentally friendly method of breaking down Biowaste into economically valuable products- animal feed and organic fertiliser.

The Deputy Minister who doubles as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Nanton Constituency in the Northern Region of

Ghana disclosed that, production of animal feed and organic fertiliser will help to improve Agriculture production at a competitive cost.

According to the Law maker, currently Ghana produces between 12,000 to 15,000 metric tonnes of poultry feed annually with the major challenge being, high cost of raw materials. This high cost, he said can partly be attributed to the high demand of the input raw materials for both human consumption and other industrial uses.

” fortunately, the technology for producing high quality feed from both BSF and organic waste will bridge these competition gap thereby reducing the cost for producing poultry feed in Ghana”, he added.

Mr. Tuferiu emphasized that, the project will not only benefit poultry farmers but also provide high quality organic fertiliser for peri-urban Agriculture to reduce the cost and application of inorganic fertilizers.

He seized the opportunity to congratulate the project lead, IITA and other project partners on their achievements so far whiles urging them to continue with their good works into the future.

By Kingsley Asiedu

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