We are leaders in organic fertiliser in the lake zone regions of Tanzania.  We grow natural fertilizer which provides the food needed for a plant to grow after a seed has germinated in the soil. This food consists of plant nutrients, mainly, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) often written as NPK. Natural fertilizer also provides organic matter called humus for the soil. Humus is a black or brown spongy or jelly-like substance which helps the soil to have a good structure to hold water and air. The growing plants take their nutrients from the top layer of the soil where their roots grow.

Plant nutrients are lost from the soil when the top soil is eroded. Plant nutrients are also lost with the crops when these are harvested. When the surface of the land is broken up for farming, the soil is often eroded: it is blown away by the wind or washed away by rain and floods. The soil also loses much of its carbon content as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thus contributing to climate change. The soil that is left becomes poor in plant nutrients so the crops do not grow well and give a good yield. In our setting where most farmers are smallholder farmers, most farmers produce their fertiliser using the natural materials available to them.

We mix cow manure 70%, chicken manure 25% and vegetable matter 5%.  We build large piles of the mixture for 6 months and cover top with wet mud mixed with cow dung or plastic so the moisture stays inside and rain does not damage the decomposition process. We inspect the compost making process by checking heat, smell and moisture. After one month, the piles are turned over and checked. This process continues until the compost is mature and ready for use.

Batches are sent to the laboratory to check – organic matter, N-P-K, pH, Coliform and Ecoli, pesticide residues. Sales are available in the Lake Zone in bulk for both compost and pasteurized chicken manure.

To meet your demand, Magnoverata would like to advise you according to your needs: – What are your agricultural products – vegetables, fruit trees, and maize, others; nature of your soil among others. We will also advise you how best to apply compost manure (cover the full bed, in narrow strip or channels); how long to apply compost before planting, disease problems in the soil e.g. nematodes and lack of organic matter.