Evaluation of Market Demand for Alternative Poultry Feeds in Nigeria
OKO E.C1, AHAOTU E.O2 and Lawal M3*
1Department of Agricultural Technology, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana – Afikpo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
2Department of Animal Production and Health Technology, Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo, Nigeria
3Department of Agricultural Education, Federal College of Education Katsina, Katsina State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: OKO E.C, Department of Agricultural Technology, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana – Afikpo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. E-mail: email@example.com
June 16, 2021; Published: July 21, 2021
Feeds constitute 70% of the cost of poultry production and of this, proteins constitute the highest cost. Finding cheaper alternatives to existing protein sources would improve efficiency of poultry production. Development and promotion of insect protein- based poultry feeds is assessed. It was observed that insect-based protein sources could significantly supplement cum replace fish meal which is the major source of feed protein. The market for conventional protein was expected to switch from fish to complete substitution with insect sources. The study main objective was to analyse demand, market size and trends of current conventional and sources of poultry feed proteins in Nigeria and make projections. The study was conducted in Imo, Edo and Kano states, Nigeria. The bulk of data was from secondary sources and primary data from formal survey of farmers and poultry value chain actors. Aggregate demand for insect feed ingredients for poultry feed was 5382 metric tons on dry matter basis at 50% rate of substitution of conventional protein. Projected demand for poultry feed proteins was 11,550 metric tons in the next 5 years. Insects had a strong potential for incorporation into poultry feeds.
Keywords:Consumer Tastes; Edible Insects; Protein Feed Substitutability; Fish; Soya Beans
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