Youths to benefit from insect production project
At least 15 youth groups in Homa Bay County are set to benefit from Sh1.5 million Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF), as seed capital to undertake an agricultural project.
The groups will each receive Sh100,000 start-up capital to take up the production of black soldier fly; an insect that has for long been neglected. The agricultural project is seen as an alternative that will offer cheaper feeds to poultry and fish farmers.
Black soldier insect is slowly gaining popularity among farmers, who are looking forward to reducing the cost of production as they seek alternative source of protein for their animals.
The fly has different stages of growth. Its larvae is rich in protein and fats and can be used in animal feed formulations for poultry and aquaculture diets.
YEDF senior commercial Infrastructure officer Daniel Mathenge said the agency has identified the project as a potential source of income for many youths.
He said YEDF intends to engage youths in Homa Bay in mass production of the insects before the venture is cascaded in other counties.