Frequently asked questions about Manna
What is BSF and why is it better than soya or fish feed?
BSF larvae have a high amount of animal protein and an optimal amino acid profile for especially chicken. It also contains plenty of animal fat and micronutrients suitable as animal feed. BSF larvae eat almost all kinds of biowaste, enabling local production of larvae cost-effectively.
How much knowledge of insect farming do I need to get started?
Manna Insect provides instructions on building the container and using it for rearing and breeding BSF larvae. Previous experience in insect farming is not needed, and the Manna MIND unit automatically controls the growing phase. In some countries our partners can also offer onsite training.
What are the stages of the production cycle?
- Pre-processing and mixing biowaste with a crusher
- Loading biowaste into trays and adding neonates (small larvae)
- Automatically controlled rearing phase (10-14 days)
- Unloading the trays and separating live larvae and frass (fertiliser)
- Feeding live larvae directly to chickens, or to drying and degreasing them
How much biowaste and BSF eggs is needed to fill one Manna container?
Recommended load is around 4 thousand kilos of organic waste per one batch of roughly 500 trays (600x400x145mm tray size). For one full batch you’ll need approximately 100-130 grams BSF eggs.
How much feed and frass do I get from one Manna container?
In optimal case (4 thousand kilos good-quality vegetable & fruit biowaste) you can get roughly 750 kg of live larvae and 500 kg of frass (fertilizer) from one production cycle of 10-14 days). Higher nutritional value in the biowaste improves the conversion rate between larvae and frass. With lower quality biowaste the amount of frass is notably higher. Use the free Manna BSF business calculator to validate your business plan and estimate the outputs / costs and revenues.
I live in a very hot / cold country, can I still use the Manna solution?
Manna containers have been tested in harsh conditions and they work optimally in temperatures from -35C to +48C. Depending on the environment, we can recommend components with a higher or lower capacity than the standard solution.
How much Manna's solution costs?
We want to make BSF farming and local feed and fertilizer production possible for everyone and everywhere.
With our training program you will be successful and get efficient production. Program includes BSF basics, business consultation, best practices and recipes and container assembly training. We will also help you to find customers for your end production inside our network.
First Manna 20ft container price is 25,000 USD / EUR and it will be built and assembled by Manna Insect and delivered to the customer location. (also leasing option)
We want to be sure that the first container is properly built and after Manna assembly training and guidance, our customers are able to assemble the next containers by themselves. We will deliver only the Manna MIND unit to the location.
Addition to this there is a need to have pre- and post-processing tools and proper insect tray