Small field turns waste into treasure for Ivory Coast farmers

Brokers take away natural fertilizer from an Award-winning biowaste converter Kubeko machine, in Nandibo, Ivory Coast October 19, 2021. Image taken October 19, 2021. REUTERS/ Luc Gnago

NANDIBO, Ivory Coast: Award-winning waste converters are serving to farmers in Ivory Coast flip mountains of agricultural by-products into compost for his or her fields or gasoline for his or her cooking stoves.

The small inexperienced “KubeKo” field was dreamt up by chemical engineer Noel N’guessan to utilize the 30 million tonnes of waste generated by crop manufacturing within the West African nation every year and different biowaste like animal dung.

Farmers like palm oil producer Michel Ahouri merely throw in natural matter and wait 4 weeks. One field can create 150 kg (330 lbs) of compost per thirty days.
“It is pure, it is natural, it is applicable for our soil, for our fields – we are going to triple our manufacturing,” Ahouri stated after scattering the compost on the roots of his rustling palms.

In July, the invention netted N’guessan an innovation award value over $33,700 from the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering.

By then, the workforce had already bought 50 composters to Ivorian cocoa, palm oil and mango farms. The containers value $700 to provide, based on the academy.

The workforce additionally produces biodigesters – related steel box-like contraptions that may gasoline two hours of cooking on the gasoline generated from 5 kg (11 lb) of waste per day, whereas producing litres of liquid compost.

This sort of gasoline manufacturing might be a sustainable various supply of cleaner power in rural areas in West Africa, based on a 2018 report by the European Fee. Each cubic metre of biogas, a combination primarily of methane and carbon dioxide, is estimated to switch the equal of 5 kg of wooden or 3 kg of coal, it stated.

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“As a substitute of throwing our waste on the streets, we acquire it,” stated farmer Ahouri. “We’re defending the setting as a result of as an alternative of leaving it there, we use it.”