Wilbur S. Suanding
A training on vermicomposting for pig manure was held on Aug. 31 in Honeymoon-Holyghost barangay.
Sponsored by the Wastewater, Water, and Ambient Air Management Division of the City Environment and Parks Management Office, barangays Honeymoon-Holyghost, Holyghost Extension, Holyghost Proper and the Benguet Electric Cooperative, were taught how to make compost out of pig manure, using vermin or earthworms.
Vermicomposting is the process of converting biodegradable wastes into organic fertilizer or vermicompost through the action of earthworms.
The African nightcrawler, also known as eudrilluseugeniae, was used to feed on the manure that will produce a brown-like material called vermicast, which is high in nutrients and can be used as soil conditioner.
Each participant was given a vermi starter kit and a quartered kilo of earthworms.
Moren Macay, resource speaker and vermi-grower explained the value and steps in vermicomposting and shared his vermiculture experiences to the residents including hog raisers.
Aside from handling organic residuals, the technology is considered a pollution control option in mitigating the environmental impacts associated with pig manure.