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India to test silkworm-based ingredients in aquafeeds

ICAR-CIBA will test Loopworm silkworm meal and oil in shrimp and Asian seabass.

Credits: ICAR-CIBA
July 9, 2024

ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIBA) signed a MoU with insect producer Loopworm to evaluate insect-based protein and oil in aquafeeds. Loopworm is India’s largest insect-based protein and fat producer with a processing capacity of 6,000 MT insects annually. The company grows silkworms.

The partnership will evaluate silkworm meal and oil in shrimp and Asian seabass.

According to Dr. M. Kailasam, principal scientist and director-in-charge, CIBA, “this effort will undoubtedly provide a cost-effective alternative to the fishmeal, contributing to the sustainability and competitiveness in the aquafeed sector in the longer run.”

During the signing ceremony, Ankit Alok Bagaria, co-founder and CEO of Loopworm, highlighted the potential and future prospects of these sustainable resources for lending sustainability to the Indian aquafeed sector.