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Launching of Standards MS 196”Specifications for treated farm animal manure” and training workshop

  • Published on January 31, 2022
  • January 21
  • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (UTC)

In the context of the SWITCH Africa Green project, the Mauritian Standard MS 196 “Specifications for treated farm animal manure” was published in November 2018 by the Mauritius Standards Bureau. The implementation agency for the Standards is the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute as the techncial arm of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security (FAREI). 

In 2019, following the publication of the Standards, FAREI had started testing procedures to identify the best methodology for the treatment of animal waste in order to meet the characteristics defined by the Standards.   Techniques such as solarisation and dehydration were being used to treat the animal waste.  After 1 year of research, the best techniques were identified.  A training programme was developed to promote the treatment method and build capacity amongst the farmers’ community.

On 21 Janaury 2021, a launching ceremony was organised by the Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agro-Industry to raise awareness on the Standards for treated animal manure and to initiate the first training workshop.  The workshop was a ’Training of Trainers’ workshop whereby officers of FAREI were trained on the treatment techniques.  These officers would then be responsible for the training of farmers operating in their designated work area across the island.

Animal waste, when dumped in open fields and left untreated, constitute a nuisance through odour emission and represent a source of environmental pollution as they contaminate the soil as well as underground water as leachate.

 

To address this source of potential pollutant, Mauritian Standard MS 196 “Specifications for treated farm animal manure” was published in November 2018.  The appropriate technique for the treatment of animal waste were then identified through testing procedures. 

 

With a view to disseminate the Standards encourage the adoption of this sustainable practice, a launching ceremony was organized on 21 January 2021.  The ceremony was served as a platform to initiate a “Training programme” on the technology identified for the treatment of the manure.

 

The Launching ceremony aimed at raising awareness on the Standards amongst the farmers’ community.  The Training programme was developed to train farmers and other practitioners on the techniques processing techniques for treatment of livestock waste.  The training programme was initially addressed to the Extension Officers of the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (FAREI), the technical arms of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security.  These Extension Officers would then disseminate the information and build capacity of farmers/ practitioners operating within their designated area of operation.  The training programme would include some 15 sensitisation and demonstration sessions that would target practitioners across the island. 

 

The Tarining programme was as objective to build capacity of farmers leading to the treatment of animal waste for the production of treated manure.  This aims at addressing untreated animal waste in fields that represent a source of contamination in fields and for underground water as leachate.  It also constitutes a source of odour nuisance for the neighborhood.  The proper treatment of the animal waste aims at removing this source of pollution.

 

Untreated animal waste is a powerful source of methane which has a high global warming capacity.  The treatment of the waste would also help to avoid greenhouse gas emissions, thus mitigating climate change.

 

Furthermore, as farmers are trained to treat the animal waste, they could use the treated manure as organic fertilisers in fields thus encouraging the shift to sustainable agricultural practices.  The use of this natural fertilizer would decrease the use of chemical fertilisers in fields thus encouraging the production of safe and organic agro-products.  The treatment of the manure prior to their application in fields also minimizes the risks of contamination as raw animal waste is a source of pathogens.

 

Additionally, the treatment of animal waste for the production of treated manure in compliance to the standards can also represent a green business opportunity.  As such, animal rearers may use the identified treatment methods to treat the animal waste which will then be packed and sold as an organic fertilizer. 

Event start date
08:00 am
21/01/2021
Event end date
12:00 pm
21/01/2021

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