Kevin Nakitare during fertiliser research
NAKURU, KENYA: Nakuru Water and Sanitation Service Company (Nawassco) is producing organic fertiliser from human waste. Through a collaboration with researchers from Egerton University, the firm has produced the newest fertiliser varieties in the market, Struvide and Biochar. Scientists say the venture will address soil degradation as well as sanitation challenges. Struvide is made out of human urine while Biochar is made out of carbonised human faeces. “Various studies and tests indicate that the two fertiliser varieties are safe for use. While Struvide is rich in phosphorous compared to other fertilisers in the market, Biochar is rich in nitrates,” said Kevin Nakitare, a soil research scientist from Egerton University.