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Hello entomophagy friends,
First off, I'm a business student on the way of doing a business plan for my entrepreneurship course on producing my own crickets and then transforming them into cricket flour. I need the help of some experts or people who already farm their crickets. I have e-mailed many companies, but they are not very open to share information, or don't answer to my questions.... I don't know if they are scared, but it is kind of sad. Whatsoever, I'm not like that and I'm open to share all information researched at the end of my paper, which I believe might help many people who go through this forum.
For the moment, I'm focused on the production of the crickets and I leave the transformation into cricket flour for the end.
Thus, lets take an example of a cricket production of 1 T's per year. If we say one harvesting cycle is 3 month, then we have 4 in one year = 250 kg's of cricket per cycle.
In order to reach that goal, what would be the most ecologic and economic choice of habitat (concrete block, cylinder etc?) ?
How many male and female crickets do I need to start with in order to reach the objective?
How many square meters as a building would be needed to fit in the cricket habitats?
What would be the cost to maintain, clean, and feed with a healthy diet this scale of production?
In a cold country, what would be the most economic heating method to maintain an ideal temperature in the habitats? (heating lamps, or other methods??)
How much fertilizer would the crickets in such a production scale produce?
Thank you very much in advance.