Students develop larvae hatch technology to support small holder poultry farmers

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Five students from three universities are developing an Incubator Can that will help poultry farmers curb nutritional deficiency.

The project will also increase the production of larvae which is rich in the necessary nutrients for poultry especially for vitamins and proteins.

Students explained that many poultry farmers have been experiencing a problem of nutritional feeds for their poultry, which had compelled many to resort to buying expensive feeds.

Mr Thompson Kagame of Muni University, one of the developers said their technology will help farmers to make their own protein and vitamin feeds since it’s simple and cheap to utilize.

Kagame said that the gadget in pipeline is an automated one installed with sensors that can help farmers to regulate temperature which favors the hatching process.

“Our Incubator has temperature sensors that can help farmers to determine the temperature, once it’s below 25degress centigrade, it automatically increases the temperature and when it riches 30degress centigrade, it reduces automatically because the eggs hatch at a temperature condition between 25-30degress centigrade,” Kagame said.

He explained that the Larvae Incubation Can will help farmers to overcome poultry feeds challenge ounce embraced.

“Farmers will be able to produce thousands of larvae that contain a lot of proteins and vitamins,” said Kagame.

Other students on the project are Mr Deus Agaba, Mr Peter Kamya, and Ms Sharon Samanya all from UTAMU University, and Norbert Mwebaze a Civil Engineer student at International University of East Africa.

The development of the Incubation Can is as a result of a study that was carried by Dr Dorothy Nambanzira, a Veterinary Doctor at Makerere University in 2014, which concluded that there was a lot nutritional deficiency, food insecurity and low production capacity in poultry.

The study noted that Famers were not accessing quality cheap poultry feeds that are enriched with Vitamins and proteins, with many depending on substituted poultry feeds that are very expensive for small holder farmers.

Basing on the report, many farmers adopted the recommendations but they were again faced with challenges of hatching eggs of the flies on a large scale.

Research also shows that those that tried were depending on nature to hatch the eggs.

It’s from this back ground that the Information and Technology Students with support from UTAMU University and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) came with the Idea of developing an Incubator that can hatch the eggs 24hours to ensure that farmers can have constant supply of the larvae’s at cheap cost.

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