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Don warns against use of fresh faeces as manure

Posted: Apr 23, 2015 at 3:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

National President of xof Nigeria (SSSN), Prof. Victor Chude, has said the application of fresh human faeces as manure was dangerous to plants.

Chude told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, that faeces if not well treated before application could also be dangerous to human beings that consumed products from such plants. He stated that harmful bacterial and other contaminants were contained in fresh human faeces, particularly heavy metals and pharmaceutical products that were not broken down in the body.

According to him, if properly decomposed, it is as safe as safety itself. “Human faeces when fresh, is poisonous to plants and to human beings, when it gets into the food chain, but when it is properly cured – curing means if it is well composted – it is as safe as safety itself. “But then, you must make sure that heavy metals even after curing are removed.’’

Chude listed three stages for treating human faeces to include, segmentation, where the feaces were put in tanks and allowed to sediment.

He said after this stage, microorganisms were introduced to do the segregation and breaking down of the human faeces, after which heat was then generated to destroy all harmful bacterial.

According to him, the solid is separated from the liquid, the liquid aspect is very safe and the human urine is equally very safe for use.