Nairobi (Kenya), February 2021. We are very pleased to report that construction has begun on an 8-acre site that will house our new rearing facility. The new facility will allow us to significantly increase production of our fertilizer and feed products.
The rearing facility site will be located approximately 75 kilometers outside of Nairobi on a 500-acre farm. “It is the largest fruit farm in Kenya and produces mostly mangos and avocados,” said Adan Mohammed, CEO and Co-Founder of Ecodudu.
Following on the strong growth we have had in 2020, the company has sought solutions that will enable the team to increase our production capacity to meet both current and projected demand. We have already broken ground in March, 2021 for the new “rearing centre” where we will breed Black Solider Flies as part of feed and fertilizer production.
Our production processes leverage the Black Solider Fly larvae to convert food and organic waste into nutritious and protein-dense biomass. The residues are subsequently processed into environmentally friendly and nutrient rich organic fertilizers.
Mr. Mohammed stated that the construction of the facility on the farm site is a win-win situation for both the farm and Ecodudu. “The farm is constantly looking for new sources of organic fertilizers while simultaneously looking for waste-management solutions for its ever-increasing amount of on-site generated organic waste.”
According to COO and co-founder, Starlin Farah, “The new facility will contain a rearing centre where we will breed the Black Soldier Flies on the fresh fruit waste meeting the highest international standards. Ecodudu will utilize the (approximately 16,800 tones annually) fruit waste to produce high quality fertilizer and insect protein.”
Mr. Adan Mohammed added, “The new rearing facility will primarily be used to produce our main commercial products, Dudu Meal, an insect-based animal feed for aquaculture and other feed stocks, and Shamba Mix, an organic fertilizer. Some of the fertilizer produced will actually be utilized on this very farm.” The new facility’s direct access to large quantities of organic fruit waste will dramatically increase production efficiency as well as minimize transport costs.
Dr. Starlin Farah, Ecodudu COO and Co-founder said, “We had planned for the completion of construction in December 2021 and to be using the facility in early 2022. Fortunately, we are 4 months ahead of schedule and should be using the facility in August 2021”