Manure management and fertilization
A group of farmers built manure platforms and bought equipment to optimise manure storage and fermentation.
A contribution from Danone Ecosystem Fund
Why does it matter?
Manure is not always easy to manage. Inappropriate management of manure, such as storing manure in unconfined piles during the winter, may cause water and soil contamination. It is difficult for farms with limited capacity to improve their manure management to optimize nutrient cycle on farm and reduce their footprint.
How did we solve this?
Farmers working collectively can reduce their costs for building platforms for manure storage and fermentation, but also for buying manure management equipment. As a result, manure can be stored during the winter in specific platforms and be managed properly throughout the year, avoiding soil and water contamination. This approach also reduced the use of mineral fertilisers by 50kg/ha/year. Farmers were also able to apply for EU subsidies, as the project was completed in line with Romanian and European Union manure regulations.
Opportunities for other farms?
Creating groups of farmers to collectively build manure platforms can benefit small farms due to splitting manure management costs and improving the fertilisation on the field.
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