Monday, August 13, 2007

RM-CARES gets P0.6-M from CHED for organic fertilizer project

The CLSU Ramon Magsaysay-Center for Agricultural Resources and Environment Studies (RM-CARES) has been awarded P.6 million for the project "Organic Fertilizer Production: Upscaling of the Current Initiative".

The project which will run for one year from March 2007 to February 2008, is funded by the Commission on Higher Education.

With the new project which aims to provide an assured source of quality organic fertilizer to farmers, the Center intends to double the organic fertilizer production in the Science City of Muñoz.

Straws and stubbles from rice fields and manures from the CLSU carabao and goat projects are the major sources of raw materials for organic fertilizer production.

Quality assessment is done through chemical analysis and efficacy evaluation.

Three years ago, the CLSU RM-CARES spearheaded organic fertilizer production to help in the solid waste management project launched in the university in collaboration with the Environment Management Bureau and the National Solid Waste Management Commission.
Segregated biodegradable kitchen, backyard and market wastes were delivered to the RM-CARES material recovery facility for composting and processing into organic fertilizer.

A large percentage of the organic fertilizer produced was used in crop production, particularly rice and protected vegetables.

The Center hopes to meet increasing fertilizer orders from farmers in nearby provinces such as Bulacan, Tarlac and Pangasinan, which it barely met before the implementation of the project.###