Facility eyed for fertilizer

THE Davao Poultry and Egg Producers Inc. (DPEPI) will set up a common facility in Marilog District to make organic fertilizer out of animal manure.

 DPEPI president Lalaine dela Victoria said yesterday in Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex that the facility has to be established to prevent the farms from being closed by the city government due to odor and flies.

 “The organization is going to solve the problem,” dela Victoria said as the city government already warned growers that it may close down those that would affect the communities due to infestation caused by dungs.

 The group noted that there are 40 poultry producers in Calinan and Tugbok alone out of the total 60 based in the city.

 The city council’s committee on health and City Health Office (CHO) earlier received reports on fly infestation that affected nine barangays in Calinan and five barangays in Tugbok, which spread from the poultry and piggery farms.

 This prompted the CHO and city council’s committee on health to conduct a consultative meeting with the representatives of 33 poultry farms and piggeries on Jan. 16.

 Dela Victoria said the infestation was due to the collection of the dungs from the farms that were transported by the buyers in open trucks, attracting flies and other insects.

 There, she said, were also those that were exposed to sun and rain, making those the breeding ground of the flies

 “Thus, as soon as the farms harvest the chickens, we will immediately remove the dungs in the farms in closed truck,” dela Victoria said. She said the closed truck will transport the dungs to their common facility.

 The common facility, she said, will be set up in a property of Department of Agriculture at a land size of three to five hectares. She said they would raise funds as the project would cost P5 million to P7 million.

 With this, she said they hoped the cost of the farm inputs particularly soya and corn would decline. She said they would sell the organic fertilizer at cheaper cost compared to synthetic fertilizer.

 “If we have enough money, we will also build a common facility that would turn it to biogas,” dela Victoria said.

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