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Don canvasses adoption of digestates as alternative to fertilisers

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Chairman, Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE) Nigeria and ACTUATE Team Lead, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, has declared that technology remains a credible option for the management of waste in Nigeria and Ghana.

He stated this at a stakeholders engagement and training workshop for small holder farmers on resource recovery from waste, saying the CGE and the University of Benin (UNIBEN) was partnering with Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) and funders of the ACTUATE Project, the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) on the initiative.

Ezemonye, who was represented by Prof. Christopher Emokaro, told participants that the ACTUATE project recognised the importance of farmers and that the workshop was organised to inspire them to adopt the use of digestates as a viable alternative to fertilizers.

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He said the ACTUATE (accelerating the adoption of circular sanitation demonstration systems for improved health outcomes) project was a translation of the RECIRCULATE Project, which involved engagement with researchers and research users in Sub-Sahara Africa through several GCRF-funded research and capacity-building projects.

He explained that the main objectives of ACTUATE was to build working demonstrator anaerobic digestion facilities in Nigeria and Ghana to process organic wastes, produce power and for the resulting digestate to be used as a sustainable soil conditioner and fertilizer.

“One of the demonstrator bio-digester is domiciled in the Ugbowo Campus of UNIBEN. The training workshop is a fulfillment of one of the core mandates of the ACTUATE project to work with stakeholders with a view to positively highlighting the technology as a credible option for waste management, the environment, bioenergy, soil and food security, as well as develop safer practices among the stakeholder groups,” he said.

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