Organic fertilizer produced by garbage become thriving business

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  • Recently 250 tons of this organic fertilizer had been sold to United Arab Emirates and the Maldives. 
  • Organic fertilizer produced by Mihisaru during the past four months had been exported and earned an income ofRs.2.4 million 

 

Text & Pics By Reka Tharangani Fonseka   

The day garbage collected in the Western Province is becoming a treasure to the hill country is not far away. The excess quantity of organic fertilizer produced by Mihisaru during the past four months had been exported and earned an income of Rs.2.4 Million as confirmed by the Director of the Western Province waste management authority Nalin Mannapperuma.   


He said that the public opinion on the Karadiyana garbage dump and the 25 odd garbage mountains located all over the Western Province had to be changed with the times and with more emphasis on recycling of garbage, Karadiyana, Dickovita and Pohorawatte garbage dumps had been turned into the production of Mihisaru Organic Fertilizer. He added that these recycling projects have been powered under the theme “Let us convert the garbage found world over to a treasure”.   

 


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400 metric tonnes of this organic fertilizer was sold locally during the past four months, and with the idea of helping the local paddy farmer’s

 

 


 

There is a plan to sell Organic Fertilizer to the Middle Eastern Countries, and recently 250 tons of this organic fertilizer had been sold to United Arab Emirates and the Maldives. In addition 400 metric tonnes of this organic fertilizer was sold locally during the past four months, and with the idea of helping the local paddy farmer’s, plans are now ready to use Mihisaru Organic Fertilizer in the paddy fields. As a first step Mihisaru Organic Fertilizer was applied to a paddy field in Polonnaruwa.   


Mannapperuma observed that farmers engaging in paddy cultivation during both seasons and others cash crops, fruits and vegetables seasonally have now got used to using this organic fertilizer.   


Annually Sri Lanka imports 600,000 metric tons of Chemical fertilizer spending Rs. 350 billion, and it is more beneficial to change from using chemical fertilizer to using Organic fertilizer which in turn would convert the mountains of garbage lying in the Western Province to a treasure. Despite the segregation of the garbage to degradable and non-degradable sectors and producing this organic fertilizer maintaining high standards, some farmers are in the habit of rejecting it saying that “We do not want Colombo’s garbage”. Notwithstanding these negative thinking the production of organic fertilizer is destined to forge ahead in meeting the requirements of the farming community in 
Sri Lanka.   

 

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