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Faecal matter could be converted into manure – CWSA

By
Samuel Akapule, GNA
 

Navrongo, Aug. 6, GNA –
Mr Walanyo Kwadjo Siabi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Community
Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), has observed that converting faecal matter
into manure for farming will help curb open defecation.

The CEO made the
observation when he delivered a lecture on the topic: “WASH in Ghana-Best
Practices and Lessons Learned,” organised at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of
the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Navrongo in the Upper East
Region.

He said business
entities that had the knowledge and capacity to convert faeces into manure
could make a big change that would be affordable to the farmers.

“The gap here is that
scientists are unable to recognise the availability of market space for the
usefulness of manure from faecal matter for agriculture.

“If there can be a
legal regime to prohibit households from having faecal storage mechanism at the
household level but a central point for communities, which will enable
collection, processing, sale and use for agriculture, will induce reduction in
open defecation,” he said.

He cited the
Scandinavian countries where waste were resources that   generated wealth.

He challenged the UDS
to conduct research that would help turn waste to wealth and help end open
defecation. 

Mr Siabi said the
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies did not have the capacity to
deal with waste as they lacked the specialisation to do so.

Mr Rockson Bukari, the
Regional Minister, complained about the high fluoride content in the water
table of some communities that had caused the closure of many boreholes in the
region.

He entreated the
University and the players in the WASH sector to collaborate and find ways to
address the problem.

Professor Gabriel A.
Teye, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, in a speech read on his behalf
said the UDS was working with other partners including the Desert Research
Institute to undertake a number of activities including capacity building and
developing appropriate WASH technology.

The UDS/CWSA first
Wash Conference on the theme: “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH),
Challenges, Successors, and the Way forward with Academia,” was sponsored by
Water Aid, World Vision, SNV, The Netherland  
based organisation, Fila Fm among others brought together players in the
WASH sectors and the Academia to chart the way forward.

GNA

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