Mbale Stuck With Heaps of Processed Compost Manure

4876 Views Mbale, Eastern Region, Uganda

In short
The manure is processed at the World Bank funded project established in 2009 in Doko to address the challenges of solid waste management under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The CDM allows developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions more cheaply by financing emission-reduction projects in developing countries, where costs are lower.

Mbale Municipality is stranded with tons of processed compost manure as authorities struggle to market the product. 

The manure is processed at the World Bank funded project established in 2009 in Doko to address the challenges of solid waste management under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The CDM allows developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions more cheaply by financing emission-reduction projects in developing countries, where costs are lower.

The plant is helping to provide cheaper fertilizers about 15 to 20 tons per day - to farmers. A kilogram of the dry compost manure sold at the plant costs Ugx 100 shillings compared with Ugx 3,000 for a 500ml foliar fertilizer spray.

But despite the cheap cost and anticipated benefits, the municipality is yet to benefit from the composite manure processed from the plant, five years later.

Rhoda Nyaribi, the Mbale Municipal Environment officer explains that most farmers in the area have not embraced the use of organic compost manure as opposed to artificial fertilizers which she says depletes the soil of its vital nutrients in the long-run.
 
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Up to 150 tons of solid waste is generated daily in the municipality, 70 of which are processed as manure and about 80 tons of uncollected wastes used by residents in their gardens. Nyaribi says the council will embark on sensitization of farmers in Mbale and neighboring districts to ensure that they can embrace this product.

Nyaribi also said they plan to subcontract a firm that would help them package, brand and market the manure.

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Residents however argue that the facility has done very little to address the garbage management challenges in Mbale Municipality as heaps of rotten garbage welcomes visitors to the site. James Kutosi, the Public Relations Officer of Mbale municipal council, claims the volumes of garbage generated in the municipality is more than the plant can handle.

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Kutosi also says the municipality cannot generate sufficient funds to operate the plant.
 
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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.