Cockroaches as a new source of food in the farming industry Leave a comment

Cockroaches are ugly, dirty, and nasty creatures. For those who have never seen cockroaches up close, these creatures can grow nearly 8 inches in length and are tan in color. They get their name from their ability to scurry at such a fast pace that it looks like they are chasing each other. But, they have become another source of food, bizarre isn’t it..?

Existance and Adaptation

Did you know..? Cockroaches are among species of insects that have been on planet earth for years. They’ve survived many climate changes and other natural events. This is why cockroaches are one of the most resilient, flexible, hardiest, and adaptable creatures on planet earth.

The most interesting fact about a cockroach is that it can live without its head. It may not sound very pleasant but this fact makes cockroaches a tough creature. Losing a head does not affect them at all. Their life span is only one year and during this period they have to reproduce many times to increase their population, hence the lifespan.

Reproduction of the female cockroach

Have you ever wondered how many babies can a female cockroach carry? well, female cockroaches hatch 30 to 40 eggs at once. There are many types of cockroaches and some of them are actually useful insects; for example, the American cockroach eats caulk and also serves a purpose as food for many tropical fishes you can find in South Africa.

More about the new South African cockroach farmer

Cockroach’s source of food

Cockroaches have a similar life span as mammals, about one year. Unlike other animals used for commercial farming purposes in South Africa, it is not considered cruel to raise them because they are not cute at all. On top of that, cockroaches do not need special food as chickens do. They feed on organic waste that can have detrimental effects on other livestock species. Therefore, it is possible to use chicken and animal waste to generate an ecosystem that will make feeding your pets easier and less expensive.

Expanding cockroach supply

The direct marketing of these cockroaches is one serious way of expanding the sources of protein supply. With a manageable turnover and the right technological diffusion, through the association of interested people, it would be possible to set up a few hundred farms of cockroach production in a year here in South Africa.

The Benefits of cockroach farming

What?! Cockroach Farming?! It sounds like a joke but it’s a reality and these invertebrates command quite a price. The benefit is that they require no food other than scraps at your local waste disposal facility, therefore they are free to feast on the carcasses of dead animals that would otherwise be thrown away.

And with the global population expected to increase by almost two billion by 2050. The commercial production of edible insects, including cockroaches, is seen as one possible solution to food shortages and environmental issues.

Cockroach history

For years, cockroach farming was primarily a third-world phenomenon. However, in recent years it has gained popularity around the globe and today many new cockroach farms have been set up all over the world. A single breeding female adult produced as many as 45,000 offspring each month.

What are your thoughts on cockroach farming? do you think cockroach farming is a good idea or just a disgusting idea? Would you even start a farm of Cockroaches?

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