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PIA Press Release
2008/08/29

Tagum to use human excreta as fertilizer

by JMD Abangan

Tagum City (29 August) -- Human excreta are foul-smelling yet soil enriching, a readily available substitute to costly urea fertilizer.

Regional Tourism Council and Davao del Norte Tourism Council chairperson Alma Uy was looking at these facts as she hoped for Tagum City Council to pass a resolution on processing feces and urine as orchard and agricultural plantation fertilizers.

"They're good alternatives because urea is too costly," she said in an interview.

Uy cited how prices of imported fertilizer had soared to prohibitive levels of more than one thousand pesos per sack and talked about the growing scarcity of urea worldwide because only a few countries were producing it.

She said she had discussed with Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy the idea of utilizing human excreta.

Offhand, plans were to have a pond separately for feces and urine where they could be treated to get rid of foul-smell and bacterial contamination.

First Lady Uy also bared plans of the Mayor to require public schools and public markets to have their new toilets built with separate bowls and containers for urine and feces for easy retrieval.

She said the city government could possibly venture into this initiative later next year through the assistance of the Department of Agriculture among other agencies which it would be tapping to realize the plan.

Meanwhile, Uy bared secrets of her good Durian harvest this season saying she was applying human excreta, making her produce "100 percent organic".

"Wala gastos except for labor," she said. (PIA XI) [top]

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