Utilization of composted bagasse, water hyacinth and banana waste in reclamation of desert soils


This report presents results from a DCG Sudan project examining whether organic waste in urban areas of Sudan could be composted and used to improve soil fertility and cultivation capacity.

DCG report no. 76 | Mubarak Abdelrahman Abdalla and Mustafa Mohamed Ali Ballah | April 2015

The study was conducted in River Nile State to examine the contribution of compost application for production of wheat. The results from the project revealed that the continuous application of compost from banana and water hyacinth improved the nutrient content of the soil and boosted grain yields by as much as the application of inorganic fertilizer.The results are exciting as they reveal a way to contribute to urban waste disposal problems, improve soil fertility, and grain yields, in a very accessible way.

The project was carried out by DCG in partnership with the Desertification and Desert Cultivation Studies Institute (DADCSI), the Department of Horticulture at the University of Khartoum, the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), and the UNESCO Chair in Desertification of Sudan in the period of 2010 to 2013.



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