Poulainville, France, 06.05.2021
The FARMŸNG project celebrated a major milestone on 06 May 2021: the groundbreaking of the Ÿnfarm construction site.
With 3 French ministers and several local politicians attending the ceremony, even the drizzly weather could not dampen the spirits. Ynsect CEO Antoine Hubert presented trays of Tenebrio molitor larvae to the attending dignitaries before they proceeded to lay the ceremonial first stones.
Once the plant is completed, it will be the largest vertical farm in the world, raising insect larvae on agricultural side streams and producing insect protein and oil, as well as organic fertiliser. As part of the FARMŸNG project, the protein meal and oil will be tested for use in fish feed and pet food.
FARMŸNG will contribute to a EU-local protein supply for feed, and valorise agricultural waste streams in the region.
The French Minister for Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili called it a win-win project, with sidestreams from the region being transformed in the region, to be used for feed – in the region.
Once built and running, the plant will serve as a example to implement in more regions across Europe, supporting bio-based industries across the continent.
FARMŸNG has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837750.