Mozambique: Factory in Maputo launches production of organic fertilisers

2 February 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 2 Feb – A small industrial unit with a capacity to produce 600 to 700 kilogrammes of fertiliser per day from solid organic waste collected from the city’s markets has begun operating in Maputo, Mozambican news agency AIM reported.

This is the first factory of its kind, designed by the Maputo Municipal Council and built by the Health and Hygiene department in partnership with non-governmental organisations Caritas Moçambique and Italy’s LVIA (International Lay Volunteers Association).

Construction of the unit, named Centro de Produção de Composto – Fertiliza, cost 39,000 euros paid for by the Netherlands’ Embassy in Mozambique, Caritas Moçambique and Italy, as well as LVIA, Regione Veneto (Italy) and CAFOD.

Armindo Matos, mayor of the Maputo Municipality, speaking a few days ago at the inauguration of Fertliza, said he hoped that other projects like it would be set up in the city, as Maputo provided enormous quantities of raw materials for production of organic fertilisers.

For example, the Zimpeto Wholesale Market, the biggest in the city, produces an average daily 7 tonnes of waste (including non-organic waste), whilst Xiquelene market, another large market where Fertliza collects its raw material, generates some 1.5 tonnes of organic waste (in the inside of the market alone).(macauhub)