Her Excellency Maryam bint Mohammed Al Muhairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, launched the first project in the region to recycle organic waste and use it in the production of animal and fish feed using insects, with the aim of providing sustainable economic opportunities by addressing the challenges resulting from the accumulation of waste in natural ways through the recycling and use of organic waste in feed production.
The project relies on the cultivation and use of “black soldier fly” insects that feed on food scraps, then themselves become animal feed, and their waste turns into organic fertilizer that is converted into animal feed and proteins, organic fertilizers, and industrial oils.
The ministry had signed a memorandum of understanding with Circa Biotech to set up the first project in the region to use insects to produce feed from organic waste. The signing of the agreement followed a tour of the company’s headquarters in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. On this occasion, Her Excellency Maryam Al Muhairi said: “This agreement comes within the framework of the UAE’s continuous efforts to achieve sustainable food security based on innovation, green development, and limit the effects of climate change, and one of the solutions The innovation to achieve these trends is to address the challenges resulting from the accumulation of waste by relying on solutions based on nature, whose role is to create sustainable economic opportunities that enhance the flexibility of food supply chains by transforming waste from an environmental burden into an economic resource.” Her Excellency added: “The world is witnessing an increase in capital financing for insect breeding companies, and we consider in the UAE that support for innovation, research and development is a basis for enhancing the efficiency of the principle of circular economy, which is achieved through practices such as the use of organic waste and its nutritional elements as inputs in the food production process, which contributes to In enhancing food security, which requires us to develop a roadmap to facilitate and improve government services in importing agricultural inputs to enable the manufacturing industries that use insect protein, and thus contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of the agricultural sector by providing sustainable protein alternatives within the production of feed and organic fertilizers, and contributing to the diversion of waste organic matter from landfills and reduce methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic matter.”
Mohamed Al Ramahi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company – Masdar, said: “Research and development is one of the most important strategic priorities of Masdar, to enhance its position as a major center for the most advanced sustainability projects globally, and through partnership with the Ministry and Circa Biotech Ltd., we are pleased to host the first project in the region to manage waste Food, which represents one of the leading innovative solutions whose role is to strengthen the agricultural and food technology sector.” Haitham Al-Riyahi, co-founder and CEO of Circa Biotech Limited, said: “We have developed an innovative process to recycle food waste and turn it into high-protein animal feed using insects.
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