The Amazon has a natural vocation for fish farming. However, this production chain is highly dependent on the protein that makes up feeds, from soy, corn or sorghum, bone meal, meat or fish.
What if there was a new, local, source of protein that would facilitate fish farming and other animal cultures, and its production process, at the same time, help to solve the problem of solid waste generation in the region?
This is the key to the work of Sustente Ecosoluções, a company founded in 2016 by Nelson Poli and Guilherme de Moraes Terra Favieri.
“The idea came up four years ago, when we had contact with similar projects developed in other countries. The production chain is structured as follows: we provide organic waste treatment services for generators. After ten days, this residue is transformed into biomass, larvae and fertilizers. These larvae are supplied for fish feeding, which are still being studied”, says Nelson Poli, from Sustente.
Incubated at the Federal University of the Amazon (UFAM), the business collects waste from the university restaurant for research and is installed in a nursery, where the whole process takes place. The next step is to go through the acceleration process to access the market, structure and understand the product’s potential in the market.
“The fly’s life cycle is fast, and we are able to remove the larvae also for fish and animals. What a traditional compost does in three months, we do in 15 days”, says Nelson.
In 2014, the technique received the Professor Samuel Benchimol award, one of the most important in the Amazon, and its production process also allows the commercialization of high value-added co-products, such as organic soil conditioner biofertilizer, in addition to providing the proper disposal of urban and agro-industrial organic waste, contributing to the National Solid Waste Policy.
Waste treatment services will be offered for industrial kitchens, and larvae for fish and other animal producers, in the form of flour or fresh. “Our main challenge is to scale production. For this, we are investing a lot in research and development”, points out Nelson.
STAGE OF BUSINESS
ABOUT THE BUSINESS
It has technology, a public company and initial investment to create the black soldier fly for decomposition of organic products to generate compounds (originating both from the waste captured with potential commercial partners as well as from the fly’s own transformation into products, oils, protein flours, etc.).
WHAT DOES IT SOLVE?
Management of organic solid waste and alternative feeding for poultry and fish breeding.
POSITIVE SOCIOENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
Correct disposal of solid waste, reduction of methane emissions and water pollution (leachate). Reduction in the cost of fish production for small producers in the state, since 70% is feed, one of the main bottlenecks.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
ZERO HUNGER AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Being tested and structured
It is necessary to understand the market potential (sale of larvae in particular). Abroad, the examples already practiced present a highly promising and profitable market.
DOES IT MAKE ITS PURPOSE CLEAR?
DOES IT MONITOR ITS IMPACT?
NELSON POLI TEIXEIRA FILHO E GUILHERME DE MORAES TERRA FAVIERI