We love to eat chicken, eggs, fishes, fast foods etc, even imagined of bettle fry with chickpeas? World’s largest river island of Majuli in Assam, where the predominantly tribal populace and agriculture scientists are cooking up a unique system of stopping pests from destroying crops—by eating them!
Scientists with the All India Network Project on Soil Arthropods Pests (AINPSAP) funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, have since 2010, conducted extensive research on this insect in Majuli.
They found the white grub beetle contains 76 per cent protein, 17 amino acids, essential fatty acids and various minerals like potassium, calcium, sulphur, etc. It is a nutritious alternative to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and even fish. Besides, it is also completely free of toxins.
After analyzing all these components the scientists then encouraged farmers to eat them. This beetle has a two-year life cycle. Adult beetles don’t feed on the plants and emerge from the soil above ground in April for mating purposes.