COGETRAP members with residents at the manure collection place
Farmers have been called upon to use composite manure which works better to increase soil fertility especially on dry lands and terraces.
Composite manure is a mixture of rotten grass and some animal wastes that are covered with grass and left for some time to decay before use.
COGETRAP Company that prepares composite manure in Kigese cell, Rugarika sector in Kamonyi district, mixes rotten grass, cow dung, chicken waste, ash and cow urine.
Head of COGETRAP, Pierre Claver Habyarimana reveals that they invested in making composite manure after training by LWH (Land Husbandry Water harvesting and Hillside irrigation) project.
Working under the Ministry of Agriculture, LWH aims at conserving the land, water, irrigation and distributing composite manure all over the country.
Visiting the manure site in Kigese cell, Agnes Kalibata, minister of agriculture said that when different things are added in the composite manure, it works more efficiently on soils than mere cow dung.
She encouraged entrepreneurs to work with the local leadership in sensitizing residents on the importance of composite manure and how to make it.
However, the minister asked them to be honest on the materials they mix, not to use soil which spoils the client base in the business.
COGETRAP started working in Rugarika sector in June 2012, using maize residues in Bishenyi swamp; ash bought at Rwf30 a kilo, cow dung at Rwf50000 a pickup, chicken waste at Rwf50 a kilo and cow urine at Rwf2500 per jerry can.
COGETRAP has prepared 3800 tons of composite manure to be sold out during the growing season B at Rwf40 a kilo.
Apart from this company, there are 34 associations in Rwanda that were trained on making composite manure.
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