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I make sweet cash from this smelly chicken droppings - 6 months ago, 18 Aug 00:38

Mercy Kahenda

When Smart Harvest visits this farm, casuals in green aprons and gloves are busy sorting out chicken droppings.

We are at Irungu Gatune’s farm in Kiamunyi, outskirts of Nakuru, where the farmer makes cash from smelly chicken droppings.

Here, the droppings are not considered waste, but are used to make animal feeds for sale and manure for crops.

The 47-year-old farmer who resigned from his teaching profession two years ago rears 5,000 layers.

“Nothing on my chicken farm goes to waste. This is highly valuable raw material for making animal feeds and manure,” says Gatune.

The preparation of the droppings into animal feeds and manure, is a meticulous process. First, the droppings are collected from the chicken house, then they are neatly spread inside a greenhouse adjacent to the chicken production area where it is dried for between three to five days depending on the weather, Gatune tells us.

He says the greenhouse is preferred to keep off bacteria and impurities from the droppings during value addition and maintain moisture content.

“The greenhouse is hot and this accelerates the drying process of the waste,” ...
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