General Introduction: 
Urban solid waste management is considered one of the most immediate and serious environmental problems confronting urban governments in low- and middle-income countries. The severity of this challenge will increase in the future given the trends of rapid urbanisation and growth in urban population. Due to growing public pressure and environmental concerns, waste experts worldwide are being called upon to develop more sustainable methods of dealing with municipal waste that embrace the concept of a circular economy.
Recycling organic waste material (biowaste) is still fairly limited, especially in low- and middle-income settings, although this is by far the largest fraction of all generated municipal waste.
This blog describes the fairly novel approach of biowaste conversion by insect larvae, using the example of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF), Hermetia illucens, an approach that has obtained much attention in the past decade. Its popularity links to the promising opportunities of using the harvested
BSF larvae as a source of protein for animal feed, thus, providing a valuable alternative to conventional feed.

Life Cycle
Life stages of BSF

Problem Statement-

  • To continue the Life cycle and grow Black Soldier Flies in a closed Environment (i.e Dome) throughout the year.
  • The project works on maintaing the required temperature and humidity parametert inside a closed environment and cultivating flies. BSF require Temperature of about 22-30 C and Humidity of 60-70%, which starts deviating as soon as the monsoon ends.

Project Setup-

Collection of BSF worms

The BSF worms which are naturally available in monsoon are collected from dustbins and decomposting sites to be transfered to Feed trays for further growth.

The collected worms are kept in feed trays and food is added to the tray on 3rd, 5th, 7th and 11th day for the worms to grow and mature into Cocoons.

Infrastructure Setup-