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They consume both plants and animals and hence are omnivorous insects. Cricket farming requires less water since their need for water is reduced and the byproducts of the insect is free from methane, a gas that is responsible for warming in the atmosphere.
There are many different types of crickets but the most common cricket species used as human food is the Acheta domesticus most commonly referred to as house cricket. These insects can be eaten as a whole or grounded and mixed with other food such as cakes and flour. They also may be farmed for animal feed and be fed to fish and birds. In context with cricket farming, I agree with the keeping of these insects for human food production since they require less farming space as compared to other animal food sources such as dairy farming.
This makes it a more profitable farming enterprise as well as ensuring maximum utilization of the available land space. The farming of crickets requires less starting costs since the materials for farming of these insects are cheap and readily available hence easy to acquire. Crickets requires less feed to achieve maximum productivity.
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They are exothermic since they obtain their energy from the environment rather than utilizing the food they take to produce energy and these makes the more efficient in utilizing their feed and converting them into edible portions and protein for human consumption. Crickets can be used as meat complement in efforts to curb food insecurity within the country. This is because they have a high nutritional value, high protein and micro-nutrient contents. The farming of these insects requires much reduced space and energy. These insects also can be fed on a diverse organic diet thus making them highly flexible to be incorporated into other farming systems and be fed on agricultural wastes.
Crickets in comparison with meat have a high nutrient efficiency. In every grams of raw crickets, they contain calories, These insects have a reduced maturity period hence can mature early enough to be used as human food in times of shortages. Their high nutritional capability can be utilized in reducing the level of malnutrition within the human population.
Insect farming can be improved through the promotion of private and public standardization at the national and international levels for insects as food and feed in conjunction of evaluation of market safety of the insects. It can also be done through the promotion of establishment of appropriate international and national standards and legal frameworks to enhance the use of insects as food and feed and the development and formalization of this sector.
Insect farming can be improved via mobilization of farmers by organizing of field days to educate the people on the importance of insect farming and also through facilitating the setting up of insect farms through provision of finance and advisory assistance to those farmers wishing to venture into the enterprise.
This is an enlightening, absorbing, and entertaining look into the world of entomophagy. Haha crazy though. Have learnt cricket is an omnivore but will still research on it. Now becouse you are a university student equipped with knowledge on the use of crickets as alternative sources of food. Kindly take a step and inform your parents,siblings and relatives about how delicious crickets are. I know they will believe you because you are a university student. Go ahead cook for them. Youil be promoting the insect industry. I do agree with you that insect farming is a venture worth trying out due to various advantages that come with it, just as you have already highlighted in your discussion.
All stakeholders should come together and propel this venture to greater heights as it will enhance feed security. I totally agree with the fact that crickets are the best alternative of proteins for the human population and the animals too. They have a wide variety of nutrients. Crickets are economic in terms of cost,space and feed less thus achieve maximum productivity. Improving and enhancing of the insects farming and cricket farming is through legalisation and facilitating the farmers who want to start up the insects farming and finance provisions.
Crickets are insects that are part of the Gryllidae family and belong to the order Orthoptera.
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They are related to bush crickets and somewhat more loosely related to grasshoppers. How do crickets communicate? Crickets communicate by chirping and the chirps are species specific. Crickets use chirping to attract females or repel other males.
Chirping A male Gryllus cricket chirping: Its head faces its burrow; the leathery fore wings are raised clear of the more delicate hind wings and are being scraped against each other stridulation to produce the song. The burrow acts as a resonator, amplifying the sound. Most male crickets make a loud chirping sound by stridulation. The stridulatory organ is located on the tegmen, or fore wing, which is leathery in texture. A large vein runs along the centre of each tegmen, with comb-like serrations on its edge forming a file-like structure, and at the rear edge of the tegmen is a scraper.
The tegmina are held at an angle to the body and rhythmically raised and lowered which causes the scraper on one wing to rasp on the file on the other. Most female crickets lack the necessary adaptations to stridulate, so make no sound. Several types of cricket songs are in the repertoire of some species.
The calling song attracts females and repels other males, and is fairly loud. The courting song is used when a female cricket is near and encourages her to mate with the caller. A triumphal song is produced for a brief period after a successful mating, and may reinforce the mating bond to encourage the female to lay some eggs rather than find another male.
An aggressive song is triggered by contact chemoreceptors on the antennae that detect the presence of another male cricket. Crickets chirp at different rates depending on their species and the temperature of their environment. According to this law, counting the number of chirps produced in 14 seconds by the snowy tree cricket, and adding 40 will approximate the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.
We therefore have the full responsibility of nurturing and appreciating this insects as part and parcel of our ecosystem. Surely this is a true cricket dance. The last time insects came into my mind was in a parasitology class and three pairs of legs is all I recall.
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Now here comes a twist of events, from reading in the books to food in the plate. When all media houses are all spreading the same news that crickets and food are one, it sounds great. When the word ugali is mentioned, you just remember that you are hungry. Now it should be like, when the words crickets or even grasshoppers pass through your ears, the only thing you can hope for is that your wife calls and asks what you would wish for dinner. And you will be like, yes!
Mukimo and crickets!! By the fact that crickets are highly nutritious, it brings joy to the less fortunate having tongues of land or barely has any. This is because they can enjoy plenty of proteins at the door step. The resource scarcity in terms of capital, climate change as well as energy resilience, this sociological challenges find a remedy in the use of crickets and other insects for better nutrition.
Animal feeds are magnifying the production cost in livestock rearing. This is due to the high costs of the feed ingredients, the likes of soybean, cotton seed cake and sun flower which are the main sources of proteins. Use of crickets in the animal feeds is a great achievement in terms of protein content and the cost of production of the crickets. Cricket farming for food should be the order of the day. In cricket farming, there is less pollution; less space is required, low time utilization, low technology, less intensive labour and less capital requirement.
I find no need for the conventional sources of proteins where high investments, large tracts of land and intensive labour are the password to such enterprises. Crickets are richer in protein and iron than omena which are believed to have high protein.
I hated crickets only to realize that you will only hate gold and throw it away only when you do not know its worth. It is suitable for children and pregnant mothers. True when you say that crickets can be alternative protein sources. This added up to the protein sources in Kenya. Comparing the other protein sources such as the poultry rearing,growing of legumes and rearing of livestock with cricket rearing,its clear that cricket rearing is cheap in labour, costs of production and its fast maturity ability. Its a clear indication that cricket rearing will definetly bring food security and ensure a health nation.
I surely agree with this upgraded comments stipulated down by Njane. Crickets should really be used as food for both animals and human beings due to their already proven high nutritive quality of iron and proteins. Go Go for crickets. Am just imagining a bowl full of skinny insects, subjected to the torture of frying cooking oil on fire.. Am looking forward to when our Kenyan hotels will have such a meal on the menu, or when our shopping bags will be filled with cricket or cockroach flour.
Come to think of it, kwashiorkor and marasmus will be history in our country. He he,Amazing! Humans love their victory displays. You only have to watch a game of football or soccer to US-readers to see some victory displays of the most ridiculous kind. Why do people do such things? If there was no crowd there, it is unlikely that they would perform such displays.
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