August 20, 2017

Nepalese farmers go organic with human waste

Nepalese farmers go organic with human waste.. NAIJA INVEST

Rather than flush it down the toilet, the 47-year-old Nepalese farmer collects it to spray on his crops.

“It’s three times better than chemical fertilizers,” he said, referring to yield of his fruit and vegetable crops after using human fertilizer compared to more conventional methods.

As he walked across his 27,000 square feet of land in Siddhipur Village Development Committee on the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu, Maharjan said his method of fertilizing is nothing new.

He described it as an “age-old tradition,” passed down from his parents, though he says the approach is now more efficient and clean.

Taking a few quick steps towards his ecological sanitation — or ecosan — toilet, Maharjan explained how it works.

The urine and feces are stored in separate airtight compartments of the toilet, he said, for later use on the land. The urine is kept for about two weeks before it is used, while the feces, which is turned into manure, is used every six months.

Nepalese farmers go organic with human waste.. NAIJA INVEST

Nepalese farmers go organic with human waste.. NAIJA INVEST

According to Janardan Khadka, a soil scientist at Nepal’s Central Horticulture Center, “It is important to secure the urine container for two weeks to a month to reduce the risk from bacteria and other germs.”

He said that urine can be used safely and the health risk associated with it is generally low.

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