Improving soil fertility in Uganda using organic plant tea fertilizer

I’m in my final year at Makerere University and have combined my knowledge and skills inthe area of crop production, education, protection and productivity to develop an organic plant tea fertilizer.

Organic plant tea fertilizer is a fertilizer derived from animal excreta; vegetable matter from crops/weeds such as stinging nettles, wild sunflower, blackjack, wondering Jew; clay; soil/rusting metals, and wood ash. All these materials are a rich source of different nutrients such as Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, and other nutrients required by crops at different growth stages.

A large number of farmers in Uganda use chemical fertilizers which they purchase at high prices, requires skill to apply, and is only recommended during the rainy season or applied through irrigation. Therefore, I would like to develop and promote the use of organic plant tea fertilizer in Uganda because it has little or no harm to the environment, is easy to make, can be applied at any season, can control pests/insects/diseases, boost crop’s growth, reduce transplant shock when given to young transplants, provide employment opportunities to the women and youth, requires very little or no skill to apply, and can improve crop production and productivity through improving soil fertility.

I would also want to go further by recycling back nutrients to the soil. The use of organic plant tea fertilizer can continue over a period of time because materials are available locally. Therefore, there’ll be poverty eradication and food security improvement through improving crop production and productivity in the country since organic plant tea fertilizer increases soil fertility and can promote high quality/quantity yields.

During my field attachment in May 2018, I had the chance to share my knowledge and skills on organic plant tea fertilizer, as a substitute for chemical fertilizers, with the farmers in Ntungamo District South Western Uganda. This was appreciated, successfully implemented and some farmers have now started seriously using this fertilizer. However, to fully implement the use of organic plant tea fertilizer in Uganda, I need to build more coalition, create awareness and train more farmers on how to make this fertilizer and how to use it.

In developing the use of organic plant tea fertilizer, it’s important to work with different stakeholders including input suppliers such as crop growers, crop residue collectors, ash providers, clay soil/ rusting metal providers, poultry, cattle, urine collectors, and other animal raisers, organic fertilizer producers, policy makers, and NGOs or funders.

While developing the use of organic plant tea fertilizer in Uganda, input suppliers, farmers, extension workers, traders, students will be the beneficiaries of this project/innovation.

I have decided to join IUPAC 2019 Next Generation so that I can share and learn more with, and from, other agricultural professionals. I believe my community/society would gain a lot from this project/innovation if more efforts are made. I also believe that still we shall benefit in this cost effective innovation/project and improve our country’s and other country’s agricultural production, productivity, employment opportunities especially for youths and women. It has the chance to improve household incomes while eradicating poverty and protect the environment with little or no harm.

Turyahikayo Hosea, Kampala, Uganda 

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