Acta Scientific Agriculture

Research Article Volume 2 Issue 9

Black Soldier Fly Larvae, a Viable Opportunity for Entrepreneurship

Atun Roy Choudhury1*, Ashok Kumar N2, Srinivas K3, Arutchelvan V4, Thota Krishna Rao5, Ravi Shankar Nanduri6, Koteswara Rao CH7 and Sandeep Kumar Dugyala8

1Scientific Officer, Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd., Gachibowli, Hyderabad, India
2Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Annamalai University, India
3Head-Technical, Planning and Research, Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd., Hyderabad, India
4Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Annamalai University, India
5Associate Vice President - QA/QC, MSW-P & D-HiMSW, Hyderabad, India
6Head- RDF Facility, Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd., Hyderabad, India
7Operation Head - QA/QC, MSW-P & D-HiMSW, Hyderabad, India
8Senior Executive - QA/QC, MSW-P & D-HiMSW, Hyderabad, India

*Corresponding Author: Atun Roy Choudhury, Intern, MSW-P & D-HiMSW, Hyderabad, India

Received: July 14, 2018; Published: August 03, 2018

Citation: Atun Roy Choudhury., et al. “Black Soldier Fly Larvae, a Viable Opportunity for Entrepreneurship". Acta Scientific Agriculture 2.9 (2018).


  The larvae of Hermetia illucens, colloquially known as Black Soldier Fly (BSF) pose an enormous potential for small-scale entrepreneurship, especially for economically backward nations. Engaging these avid eaters in frugal application towards the societal benefit can open a new dimension to explore feasible business opportunities and mitigate unemployment issues. The present study tried to emphasize the various possible end applications of the BSF larvae in a holistic and wholesome way. The prime advantage of dealing with these larvae incorporates the minimization of the threat associated with the mortality rates, due to the ancillary applications of the dead larvae towards the nutriculture industry and production of alternative fuel. Furthermore, the nutrient-rich compost formation due to the larval digestion activity on the municipal organic waste (MOW) fraction creates a new entrepreneurial niche for lower and middle-income nations. The research yields synthesis of primarily three major end products in terms of compost, bio-diesel, and fish meal cake. Initially, the larvae were employed for the degradation and stabilization of MOW and the product of stabilization was further analyzed and identified as compost as per the Fertilizer Control Order (FCO) 1985. The departed counts have further compressed by means of compaction machine with capacity 3000 kN and body fluid was segregated. The crude liquid was purified using centrifugation and successively followed by Soxhlet extraction. Ultimately, the separated bottom sludge has been blended with the crushed body skeleton of the larvae and turned into protein-rich fish meal cake. Thus, it’s evident to state that besides substantial societal benefits BSF poses magnificent potential to be explored by the entrepreneurial venture.

Keywords: Bio-Diesel; Black Soldier Fly; Compost; Fish Meal Cake; Struvite

Copyright: © 2018 Atun Roy Choudhury., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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