Cricket disease prevention

Cricket disease prevention

Unfortunately, cricket farms in Kenya and Uganda were disastrously affected by a bacterial infection in 2018 and almost the full production collapsed. The local farmers and Dutch partners sincerely regret this occurrence.  But this can happen and is a regular pattern in new value chains with livestock. We developed a remedy to clean up the production and ban the bacterial infection. Fortunately, research in Wageningen showed that the bacterial infection is not transferable from mother crickets to eggs. Only the outside of the eggs will be infected. A cleaning procedure is under development for disinfection of eggs.  On the longer term we want a more sustainable solution in order to prevent further infections. Therefore we decided to change the set up and separate reproduction (hatchery / egg production) from production farms which is quite common in other forms of animal husbandry. In the future larger reproduction farms will have sufficient hatcheries and will provide eggs or pinheads to the small holder farmers. these farms can better invest in higher hygiene standards and disinfection facilities. Local teams have been trained in recognising the bacterial infection and some basic analysis.

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