The FAO/IAEA Spreadsheet for Designing and Operation of Insect Mass Rearing Facilities

The FAO/IAEA Spreadsheet for Designing and Operation of Insect Mass Rearing Facilities This document combines an interactive spread sheet in Excel on a CD Rom and a procedures manual to assist in technical and economic decision making with the design, costing, construction, equipping and operating of such mass-rearing facilities. The model can be used by managers as a support tool for facility design, required investments and financial planning of facilities of different sizes using different scenarios.

The software was designed using the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) as a model for planning insect mass-rearing facilities, but its default settings can be easily changed to suit any other fruit fly or other pest insect.

The manual includes an appendix on site selection and biological/physical factors that need to be considered when constructing a facility and another appendix on criteria that are relevant for selecting the location and establishment of mass-rearing facilities. To download a copy of this manual please click here.