Project on Camel Manure Compost


Compost 1. January 2019

Today, on 10th January 2019 I dumped camel manure to make compost. https://arkbiodiv.com/2019/01/10/camel-manure-compost-trial-in-alain-uae/amp/. The details are provided in the above link. The manure is going to waste in countries (its original habitat) with the highest camel population per unit landmass area (Gulf countries) in the world. UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar have the highest camel population per unit landmass at the global level, producing millions of tons of manure annually; all going to waste. I only found one reference that BP uses camels’ manure in Sharjah (UAE) for the decomposition of hydrocarbon leaked in the soil/water. Camels’ dung is used for Bio-Paper production in India but at a minor level. https://arkbiodiv.com/2016/02/02/camels-dungzfrom-waste-to-a-worthwhile-farming-agent/

The camel manure is covered in plastic and dumped in the sand (compost 1)

Compost 2

The second trial of compost was started in April 2021. It was initiated with the support of ADAFSA (Shah Hussain). We dumped manure in buckets (recycling idea, use of bucket) and added molasses, molasses + Microbe culture, plane water, and control. Total 2 N of each trial (4 trials) with a total bucket of 8.

M M of Compost 2

  • Trial 1. Treated with molasses only (500 ml) then filled in 1 buckets (M group)
  • Trial 2. Treated with microbe culture (500 ml) 2 buckets (MC group)
  • Trial 3. Treated with molases+microbe culture (1000 ml) (MoM group)
  • Trial 4. Treated with MoM (2 liter) (2xMoM group)
  • Trial 5. Control (no water no other solution). Just filled in buckets
  • Trial 6. Treated with water (1000 ml)

Each sample was properly mixed on a cemented clean floor and filled in 2 buckets each. After 1 week the sample was opened, put on the same floor and remix again, and filled in the bucket. All the samples are stored under the shade of a tree. The samples will be opened in December 2021 and represent sample will be sent to the lab for analysis.

Compressing camel manure
The manure after the treatment needs to be compressed properly.

Material and Methods 1

  • Camel manure
  • water (moisturization of manure)
  • Some equipment to make a ditch (excavator)
  • Plastic sheet
  • blocks or anything to make sign and demarcation on the sand, otherwise we can loose/forget the spot as the sand blow and cover the places.
  • We did not add any decomposing agent like bacteria culture etc
  • We made a ditch, expend plastic, put manure on it, poured some water equally to moisturize the manure and covered with the plastic
  • The put san on the plastic to keep it air tight and protected under a pressure

The project is very open

Anyone can comment and suggest. It is a very open idea. I welcome anyone who wants to make his/her contribution

The objectives of the study are following

  • To convert the camel manure in a farm agent
  • It is going waste and a burden on waste management authorities
  • it can be a good source of soil fertility
  • it can conserve water during irrigation in agriculture/or precipitation
  • it moisten the soil and elongate the duration water retention
  • It provided life and livelihood to the heteritivore (the small animals depending on bacteria, fungus, and compost)

The duration of the project is 12 months. We are open to feedback from soil scientists and other experts.

Results

We opened after one year, it was well rotten, the small size of particles, odorless and very black. We used it for vegetable farming (very small scale), it gave very amazing results. This result is only for compost 1.

References

I’m adding the references which are available so far. http://www.als-journal.com/743-20/

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