Tilapia floating fish feed based on black soldier fly larvae

Sustainable agriculture
One of the major challenges fish farmers in Benin face is the very high cost of fish feed. To reduce this cost and improve the quality of fishmeal, the Béninclusif project is working with research institutes and local industrial feed manufacturers such as Kevin Hounguè to promote the alternative use of Black soldier fly larvae.
Kevin Hounguè, promoter of the agricultural production centre CePiPA, on his pirogue

« My aim is to set up a cluster of healthy fish with high nutritional value. »

Kevin Hounguè, promoter of CePiPA (Centre Pilote de Production Agricole), is a 55-year-old fish farmer living in the commune of Ifangni (south-east Benin) and working in the village of Ko-anagodo. He took part in the awareness-raising session facilitated by Swisscontact on black soldier fly larvae as a cheap alternative to expensive imported proteins used in the production of animal feed.

New formulas for adding value to black soldier fly larvae fish feed

To improve the quality of fishmeal and the floatability of local feed, Swisscontact's Béninclusif project is helping the School of Aquaculture at the National University of Agriculture to develop effective and efficient feed formulas for tilapia fish using black soldier fly larvae and other locally available raw materials. 

Kevin Hounguè was one of the first farmers to use these formulas to produce samples of local feed, which were tested for 3 months by students at the school as part of their degree.

The results of this small-scale experiment are conclusive. To spread the word, the project is working with 3 private companies, including the CePiPA centre, for large-scale production. The dissemination of these results helps catalyse a sustainable adoption of Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) in fish feed.

 Kevin in front of the aviary installed thanks to the support of Béninclusif and one of the project's champion partners (Mont Noé).

Black soldier fly larvae meal for quality fish feed

The project provided Kevin and 49 other fish farmers with training in the production of these larvae. He was accompanied by a project champion partner in setting up his aviary and larvarium. Kevin made full use of all the skills he had acquired to obtain a large number of larvae, enabling him to increase his income by 12.7%.

"Before the project, my average annual income was 8000000 FCFA (CHF 13'333). By 2022, this had risen to 9016000 francs of the Communauté Financière Africaine (15'027 Swiss francs), an increase of 1016000 FCFA (CHF 1693)."
Fish farmer Kevin Hounguè is proud to have increased his income by using a sustainable form of fish feed.
Kevin explains how his extruder machine works.

"My centre has an extruder that allows me to produce around 1 tonne a day of quality feed for me and 80 local fish farmers."

Thanks to the collaboration with the Adjohoun Aquaculture School facilitated by Swisscontact, Kevin's CePIPA centre now manufactures black soldier fly larvae to feed its fish and produces local industrial feed. 

"The shallows have great potential, but it's being ignored. With the money I'm going to earn from this innovation, I'll be able to enlarge the lake, put in floating cages, hire young people and set up a quality fish cluster," concludes Kevin.

Thanks to support from Swisscontact's Beninclusif project, access to high-performance, competitive local feed is becoming a reality. Fish farmers who adopt the use of this larve-based feed will be able to reduce the cost of fish production, improve their productivity and increase their income.

One of the research students from the National School of Aquaculture feeds the fish at the CePIPA centre as part of his thesis.

This project is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. 

Sustainable agriculture
Beninclusif: dynamic markets for agricultural products
The main goal of the project is to improve living conditions for farmer families through sustainable market support services. The project’s inclusive systems approach focuses on two sectors within the poorly developed agricultural market. During the first phase (2021-2024), the focus will be on fish farming and citrus tree farming, both sectors having high economic potential.