Research conducted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal on the role of edible insects in rural areas indicates that the sale of mopane worms in South Africa results in an income of approximately 39 to 59 million US dollars per annum, with the market of edible insects in the Southern Africa region expected to exceed U$ 270 million (or over N$ 4 billion) by 2024. Pretoria based entrepreneur, Phuthi Kabasa, also known as “Mopane Queen”, meanwhile told AfricaNews that demand for the edible insect is increasing, including from consumers in the United Kingdom and the Americas. “Even though you can’t really find our insects in shops, the market is there. It’s positive that governments are moving towards edible insects,” she insisted.
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