May 2, 2011

Organic fertilizer to be produced from pig dung in Yangon

IT’S hard to imagine making money from pig poo but that’s exactly what one enterprising farmer at Mayangone township, in Yangon, is planning to do.

U Hein Zaw Sit, Sanpya Aung Myay Company’s managing director, said he plans to use pig dung to produce organic fertiliser that will be used to enrich the soil at the firm’s fruit orchards.

“We began researching the production of organic fertiliser in January this year and we have been quite successful so far,” he said.

“We learned about the conversion of pig dung to organic fertiliser in China and started looking into whether we could do it. We’ll finish our first batch next month and will be able to accurately test the level of nutrients in it then,” he added.

“We started with 50 small pigs but have added another 200 to the program. If we’re successful we’ll expand the operation to cover all 2000 pigs at our farm,” he said.

U Hein Zaw Sit explained that each pig pen in the testing program has a pit filled with a mixture of rice husk, saw dust, yeast and effective microbe (EM) on the floor; the remainder of the pen is concrete flooring.

The pigs spend most of their time on the concrete side but generally excrete in the pit. Over a period of six months, the microbes consume the dung and compost with the rice husk and saw dust. The resulting product is organic fertiliser.

“If all 2000 of our pigs were put into the fertiliser program we would be able to produce about 25 tonnes of fertiliser, or enough to supply an 80-acre fruit farm for about three months,” he said.

“Our company also farms dragon fruit, mangoes, honeydew and watermelon. We export fruit to Singapore and also sell locally.

“What we’d like to do is produce and export organically produced and certified fruit, so if we can produce good quality organic fertiliser from our pig farm we’ll be much better placed to do that,” he said.

He said that the company’s first farm using only organic fertiliser – sourced from the pigs – will start in October this year and will grow dragon fruit for the local market.

“There is not much organic produce in the local market and this will be a test for us. If it’s successful, we will go through the process of earning organic certification from the Myanmar Fruit and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association,” he said.

The association is the only body in Myanmar issuing organic certificates, he added.

Source: Myanmar Times