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Turning waste into animal feed

09.08.2019  10:03
An application to Ghana Climate Innovation Centre created a new, environmentally-friendly business model for Neat Meat Company

Lincoln Winimi Peedah, a entrepreneur from Ghana’s Upper East Region, has a passion for the environment, so when he started his livestock and poultry-producing company ‘Neat Meat Company’ back in 2014, he decided to set up an ambitious environmental policy:

“The waste we generate must not affect the environment because the environment is a silent stakeholder. If we do not take care of it, it can be very harmful for our operation,” Lincoln Winimi Peedah, Chief Executive Officer of the company, explains.

Neat Meat company, however, was faced with a challenge when it came to fulfilling the environmental policies: The company had to bury its waste products in the ground which led to a discharge of methane gas.

An idea was born

Lincoln Winimi Peedah and his team started developing new alternative ways to handle their waste products. They filled up five septic tanks with waste products. Here they saw how the tanks attracted flies who laid eggs and within three days, the eggs hatched into maggots.

“We realized that if we harvested the maggots and supplied them back to the farmers, they could feed it to their poultry,” Lincoln Winimi Peedah explains.

An idea for a new business model had been born but the company needed assistance. Lincoln Winimi Peedah applied to the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) programme. GCIC supports ventures and entrepreneurs who are pioneering adaptive and mitigating solutions for climate change issues in Ghana. The organization is led by the World Bank and receives financial support from Denmark and the Netherlands.

A helping hand

GCIC liked Lincoln Winimi Peedah project and in 2018, he and his team started a six-week training programme, which helped them develop their idea. GCIC also offered financial and technical support.

Today, Neat Meat Company has turned waste products into feed:

“Without GCIC’s support, we would not have gotten this far. We would not have known where to get the support we needed, how to develop our products, and how to build a network. Instead, I think our idea would have crashed along the way,” the Chief Executive Officer says.

Lincoln Winimi Peedah (l.) together with his staff at Neat Meat Company.