February 8, 2024
Black soldier fly larvae could reduce Malaysia's livestock feed imports
Malaysia's Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang highlighted that utilising black soldier fly (BSF) larvae as a primary alternative livestock feed source could diminish the country's reliance on imports for such material, The Sun reported.
Minister Chang said that ongoing research by the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) and Abeco Nature Science Sdn Bhd is exploring the integration of fly larvae into the national livestock industry.
He said this is because the fly larvae is a rich protein source and suitable to be used as livestock feed (for poultry, fish, prawn) to replace the livestock feed (soybean) which the country imports.
Minister Chang made these remarks during a ceremony to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and exchange documents, symbolising the collaborative commitment of FELDA and Abeco Nature Science in research expected to conclude in less than two years.
Highlighting the significance of this research endeavour, Minister Chang underlined its potential to pioneer livestock feed solutions with antimicrobial characteristics and high nutritional levels, thereby contributing to a sustainable food and aquaculture sector.
He stressed that such initiatives are crucial for ensuring the sustainability of Malaysia's food supplies, promoting price stability, and fostering a resilient agricultural sector.
Moreover, Minister Chang noted that this research aligns with the objectives of the National Biotechnology Policy 2.0, particularly in advancing Agricultural Biotechnology and Food Security.
Additionally, he pointed out that integrating black soldier fly larvae into livestock feed offers a natural method to reduce antibiotic dependence, particularly in the livestock farming industry.
- The Sun