Chelyabinsk scientists produced forage made of locusts

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To produce food scientists created a special machine of 12 rollers with arrow-shaped grips.

Chelyabinsk scientists developed protein forage made of locusts and a special machine for its production. It was reported by the Chelyabinsk State Academy of Agricultural Engineering.

“As for nutritional value, locust flour is unsurpassed. For example, pork and beef contains 17% of protein, fish - 21%, locusts - 75%,” admitted one of the inventors Oleg Krasilnikov.

Scientists created a special machine to produce forage; it consists of 12 rollers with arrow-shaped grippers. Locust enters the compartment where it is crushed, dried and processed under pressure and at high temperature, killing germs.

“So, moving at a speed of 10 km/h, the mobile extruder produces environmentally friendly forage in the amount of 7.5 tons of flour per shift,” reported project head Pyotr Svechnikov.

According to him, the machine is still being improved; in recent months its productivity has increased by 1.5 times, the service life has increase by 10 times, and its price has declined substantially. For the first time Chelyabinsk innovative machines will be used in Uzbekistan.

“Unfortunately, in the Chelyabinsk region they do not want to implement our innovation. Last year we were even promised a grant of 300,000 rubles ($5,700 – ed) for the development of the innovative machine. However, we haven’t received the money yet. And hordes of locusts attack the fields of the Southern Ural every summer,” said Svechnikov.

Text and pictures by TASS