March 24, Thimphu: Locally made organic manure, bio-slurry, a byproduct from a biogas plant is now available at the Centenary Farmers’ Market. One of the trained farmers on bio-slurry production, Padam Ghalley from Phuentsholing geog had brought around 600 bags of manure to be sold on a trial basis.
Padam, who started using biogas five years ago, shared that it took him two months to collect and dry the bags of manure. Each 5 kg of bag was being sold at Nu. 100 and Nu. 200 for a 10 kg bag. The organic manure attracted a good number of customers. This helped Padam to make Nu. 40, 000 in just three days. He shared that few dealers have also shown their keen interest in taking up his manure bags in future.
The technology is a joint initiative introduced among biogas users jointly by the Bhutan Biogas Project and the National Organic Program (NoP). As of now, they have trained 186 farmers in Samtse, Tsirang, Chukha and Sarpang along with 54 extension officials in the east. Two manure composting units have been also constructed, each at Chukha and Sarpang.
According to a spokesperson, if taken up seriously, bio-slurry could provide a good income with huge benefits. It is the best organic fertiliser at an affordable price. It is also expected to reduce the use of other chemical fertilisers like urea and safola in the future.
Meanwhile, NoP is planning to train 87 extension officials, 608 farmers and construct 19 composting units covering 71 geogs in 9 Dzongkhags. According to Jigme Wangchuk from NoP, farmers are expected to produce 285 MT of manure worth Nu. 5.7 Million Ngultrums by December this year.
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