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Indonesian government invests in maggots for aquafeed

Government plants to replace imported fishmeal with maggots to cut feed costs by half

January 11, 2010

Indonesian government invests in maggots for aquafeed

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has allocated Rp 4.8 billion ($523,000) from the state budget this year to support the production of maggots as a cheaper source of fish feed. The maggots can be used as the basis for feed instead of fishmeal, which must be imported from Chile at a higher cost.

The ministry plans to build 4,000 small aquafeed farms in Sumatra and Kalimantan because there are many palm oil plantations in those regions and maggots can be cultivated using a by-product of palm oil trees.

Made L Nurdjana, the ministry’s director general of aquaculture, said using maggots as the basis for fish feed could reduce the cost by 50 percent.

“The fish feed can be sold at Rp 3,000 a kilogram, some 50 percent cheaper than if we use fish flour as a raw material,” Made said. In recent months, fish farmers have complained about the

[Source - The Jakarta Globe - http://thejakartaglobe.com]

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