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Pig Industry Board, Sirdc to Kick Start Fertilizer

by 5m Editor
22 November 2006, at 10:57am

ZIMBABWE - The Pig Industry Board and the Scientific and Industrial Research Centre joint-venture project to produce organic fertilizers and generate electricity from pig manure, is now expected to begin next year, an official said.

PIBZ director Dr Paul Ndiweni told New Ziana last Friday that the venture, which failed to start early this year due to financial constraints, would also benefit the environmental.

"We are still working on the tender process as we are searching for an engineering concern to partner us to build on the project and also work on the funding required," said Dr Ndiweni, adding that the tender board should allow them to identify an engineering company which would be accommodated within their budget.

On the environmental aspect, he said they wanted to aggressively promote zero waste emissions in pig rearing in the country.

SIRDC would help out by designing the project to incorporate effluent from the new pig-breeding stations, reservoirs, fertilizer production unit, greenhouses and fish ponds.

The project could help generate foreign currency for the country as some of the organic products could be exported as fertilizers and used in fish ponds.

Source: All Africa

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