About the Project
The world by 2050 will need to feed about an additional 2 billion people and require 70% more meat and milk. The increasing future demand for livestock products, driven by increases in income, population and urbanization will impose a huge demand on feed resources. Sustainability of feed production systems is being challenged due to biophysical factors such as land, soil and water scarcity, food-fuel-feed competition, ongoing global warming and frequent and drastic climatic vagaries, along with increased competition for arable land and non-renewable resources. A key to sustainable livestock development is: efficient use of available feed resources including reduction in wastage, and enlargement of the feed resource base through a quest for novel feed resources, particularly those not competing with human food. A huge quantity of vegetable and animal-origin wastes and by-products of processing industry are available throughout the world. A large proportion of these wastes causes environmental hazards. Alternatives to such disposal methods could be recycling through livestock as feed resources and/or further processing to extract or develop value-added products.
Recycling methods that add value to waste processing residues are of great interest, and it can be expected that the overall profit from waste processing may be increased by an efficient and sustainable waste stream-management. This project proposal aims to investigate the chemical composition, conservation methods, nutritive value and guidelines for incorporation of agro-industrial wastes in animal diets. It also covers aspects related to utilization of such wastes as a substrate for the generation of value-added products. It is expected that this proposal will promote conversion of wastes to resources and help generate opportunities for development. The recycling of these resources will economise on animal feed and also alleviate the environmental pollution associated with disposal of waste by products. The project is intended for use by extension workers, researchers, feed industries, food processing industries, NGOs, farmers’ associations, producers, policy-makers and science managers.
Thus, the present project proposal evaluates the use of innovative feed from agro-industrial wastes in animal nutrition, by environmentally-friendly solutions, to improve animal health and quality of their products.
This objective is achieved by coordinating the sub goals and objectives of various units involved, as:
– analytical and nutritional evaluation of by products (proximate analysis, amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, energy content);
– evaluation of the effects of different innovative feed formulations on:
– zootechnical performance of livestock species;
– products quality;
– animal health status;
– food security and safety of products for human consumption; and
– application of the integrated approach “from farm to fork”.
The project faces the common challenge of using agro-industry wastes of massively produced products such as Olive, Winery and Cheese by products, in both Greece and Italy, in animal nutrition for the production of bioactive feed ingredients and functional foods from poultry or small ruminant’s origin in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. The MAIN OVERALL OBJECTIVE is to produce higher quality products using low cost ingredients (from waste) in an innovative way thus rendering the local agro-industry more competitive. The principal EXPECTED CHANGE is rendering local agro-industry more competitive by producing animal products with bioactive feed ingredients and functional foods providing added value to local stake-holders and preserving the environment by reducing agro-industry wastes (they will processed and then fed to the animals).
Budget and Duration
Total Budget: 602725.25 €
ERDF: 512.316,46 €
National: 90.408,79 €
Project duration from 1/4/2019 to 31/3/2021