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Kasonga farmers in Ntchisi substitute compost manure with human urine

Written by  Gladys Kamakanda
Violet Kamwaza of Tazindikira Cooperatives showing her garden Violet Kamwaza of Tazindikira Cooperatives showing her garden pic by Gladys Kamakanda

 

Ntchisi, February 23, 2018: Farmers of Kasonga Village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Malenga in Ntchisi District have substituted the use of compost manure with human urine to fertilize their gardens and they say their maize yields are impressive.

Members of Tazindikira, Mwalawatsidwi and Mtuwa Cooperatives in Ntchisi are expected to harvest more yields after they applied local fertilizer composed from urine.

The team of these three cooperatives was trained on how to make the organic fertilizers which are derived from animal matter, human excreta, animal excreta and vegetable matter.

A member of Tazindikira Cooperatives, Violet Kamwaza is one of the women in the Village Bank Group under the Community Savings and Investment Promotion (COMSIP) Cooperative who have benefited from the project.

“In our group we have learnt a lot such as manure making from the urine and other waste through Cooperatives Enterprise Pathways for Economic and Environmental Sustainability in Malawi Project (CEPEESM)” she told Malawi News Agency (MANA) Friday in an interview.

She said “We currently know the goodness of joining the groups, we learn a lot, this season I have grownthree acres of maize which I applied organic manure only. For the urine manure I applied it to half acre as a trial but it is the only garden which will produce more harvest than that of the organic manure”.

Kamwanza thanked CEPEESM for training them on how they could produce these manure and the monitoring process they are doing to their produce hoping that they would not stop from there but rather going further.

Project Manager for CEPEESM, John Mulangeni said they thought it wise to train people of Kasonga after the outcry which was there.

He said CEPEESM work together with COMSIP in doing cooperatives member education training for the groups to become cooperatives when there was an outcry that people did not have enough resources to grow different crops.

Mulangeni said that one of the project’s objectives is to encourage people to produce things that are organically, using organic fertilizers.

So we took that opportunity and came to train the three cooperatives that are in Kasonga that are affiliated to COMSIP Cooperative Union so that they could apply that knowledge during this growing season.

“That is the whole reasons why we make follow up after we had trained them. Did the people apply that knowledge? We are indeed satisfied to see that they have applied that knowledge seeing from the type of crop, the maize that is been seen in the fields is a good testimony that if people were to use this simple methods where people are recycling what are wastes they can actually benefit more,” the Project Manager explained.

He said that the use of recycled wastes such as hast, ash, animal dang combined are effective, these groups of women had no enough money to buy fertilizer hence opted to use the urine as a UREA for bumper harvest.

Mulangeni said that urine is a good natural nitrogen containing substance and probably could be easily utilized as a fertilizer.

 

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