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Simple innovations to help you run your Organic Farm

~By Bernard Wainaina,Profarms Consultants
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Innovation is crucial for the growth of any sector.

Agribusiness is a not an exception.

In these series, we unveil innovations to help you control ticks,make biogas from chicken droppings and prevent
soil diseases in tomato greenhouse

PART TWO

Making Biogas from poultry waste

Biogas from chicken dropping, according to researchers at Egerton University, can be used for
brooding purposes and for incubation of eggs.

“This innovation adds value to animal waste, helps in curbing waste disposal and greenhouse gas
emission challenges,” says Sophie Miyumo, research assistant at the university, who worked on
the innovation.

To produce the gas, a farmer works with an anaerobic digester.

“The plant is composed of an
airtight container commonly known as the digester,in which the waste is dumped and decomposed,and a tank that harnesses the gases emitted by the slurry commonly known as the gas holder.”

She says biogas is far superior to other renewable energies.

Biogas plants can generate power
continuously and this is independent of sun, wind and water.

“Chicken manure is costly to dispose when a farmer does not grows crops.

Turning it into biogas therefore helps,” says Miyumo.

The quantity of poultry waste to be fed into the digester will depend on the output (gas) required by a farmer and what the gas is being used for.

“About 30kg of poultry waste is required per day for domestic set-up.
This can be produced by 450 birds.

In the case of artificial incubation of eggs and artificial brooding of chicks, about 10kg of poultry waste is required per day. This can be produced by 150 birds.

A combination of both will require 600 birds to produce 40kg of poultry waste per day to ensure effective gas production.”

The cost of the equipment depends on the capacity of biogas an individual wants to produce.

An equipment with a capacity of 3.5 cubic metres goes for Sh40,000 whole a 5.5 cubic metres gadget goes for Sh55,000.

The bio-gas can be used for domestic
purposes, including cooking, lighting, radio, TV and charging phones.

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