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Hi! I grew to be very interested on bug farming in the last couple weeks. I'm myself from a developing country (Brazil), and I'm wondering if it would be reliable to farm bugs (to eat, or to feed other animals) in poor regions.
I'm imagining something that a community could work on (maybe individually) and that would depend on the least requisites possible (ie, solar power would be better than rechargeable batteries, which would be better than AC). I think it would be viable to acquire funding (or even credit) for a "starter kit", as long as it's reliable (I imagine people depending on it as a food source) even on non-optimal environmental conditions (too hot/cold/dry).
From what I studied so far, mealworms seems a good option. Dry seems to be the easiest/cheapest problem to solve. Cold can be mitigated using some sheltering. I guess too hot can't be simply solved, but from what I read mealworms are ok up to 90F, so I guess this wouldn't be a problem on most regions.
Can anyone recommend some reading (maybe something like this has been already be discussed here?), or other bug suggestions, estimate on how much a "starter kit" would cost, including bedding? I guess a basic kit capable of producing 1 Kg mealworms/month would be around US$ 30.00. To be used as a food source (or animal feeding), I guess 10 Kgs/month/person seems desirable, but 10xUS$ 30,00 per person is kinda expensive.
Please share your thoughts. :)