12/07/2016 11h25 - Updated 12/07/2016 11h25

Project supported by Fapeam transforms organic waste into fish feed

The sustainable ration is made of a natural protein from organic waste.
Photo:  Erico Xavier / Agency Fapeam
Photo: Erico Xavier / Agency Fapeam

organic wastes that were discarded in the trash will be the basis of a new production in the Amazon: sustainable fish feed. The work developed by the company Natuprotein, owned by the environmental manager Nelson Poli and has Amazonas Government support through the Foundation for the State of Amazonas Research (Fapeam), intends to offer new alternative to the regional market in the animal feed sector.

The sustainable ration is made of a natural protein from organic waste. According to the research coordinator, Carlos Gustavo Nunes, with the project will be possible to launch a new product on the market and even contribute to improvement of a problem that has become common in urban areas, the organic waste. "We are taking advantage of this nature and tried to stagger and industrialize this process. This organic waste would destination on our site, We will create where the creation of insect larvae, where flies, that will degrade. these flies, which are native to the area, They will put the eggs and larvae will feed this waste, thereby, We have food for fish ", he explained Nunes.

According to researcher, for each ton of organic waste can produce up 900 kg protein. Already left the larvae fail to eat, It can be used in agriculture with the processing of manure. "It is a fully sustainable process can be a solution to the wasted amount of waste through the processing into feed for fish protein and, later, for animals and various creations ", reinforced Nunes.

Also according to the researcher, from the time the larvae are processed, You can have a protein with high palatability because insects are natural fish food in nature. "It is a food for fish is protective to contain some property that are healthy for these species. Besides that, It is a cheap source ", he added.

The project was one of the winners of the Prize Samuel Benchimol, in 2015. Carlos Gustavo Nunes also explained that there are works like this in other parts of the world. The differential of the survey in Amazonas, according to him, It is that technologies and innovations are distinct and focused on the Amazon region. "In other parts of the world it is necessary to heat greenhouses for the insects to survive in this temperate climate. In the Amazon we do not need it, because the weather is summer all year. That is why, You can have a daily production of these inputs ", said Nunes.

Synapse Innovation

The fish feed is one of the 40 projects approved under the program Synapse Innovation, fruit of the partnership between Fapeam with the Reference Center in Innovative Technologies Foundation (Certi), which aims to transform the results of research projects of universities and science institutions, technology and innovation in competitive innovative products, besides strengthening the innovative entrepreneurship.

This is the first time that the businessman Nelson Poli is comtemplado in the announcement of this segment by the institution. He said support from Fapeam is essential to transform the idea into good business for industry and Amazonian population. "The support of Fapeam is fundamental for things to get off the ground and take actual proportions, with dimensions that we have. This support is essential for the studies to be made and enable the large-scale production ", He finished the entrepreneur.

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