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Plea For Grant To Fund $5m Project

In his bid to contribute to Fiji’s economic growth, Chandra Sen Govind, is calling on Government to assist him in setting up a processing plant for his organic compost project.
13 May 2017 10:35
Plea For Grant To Fund $5m Project

In his bid to contribute to Fiji’s economic growth, Chandra Sen Govind, is calling on Government to assist him in setting up a processing plant for his organic compost project.

Mr Govind, (age), along with Jone Kalouniwai Logavatu and Seremaia Uluinasaravi Caqusa initiated the establishment of Pure Organic Fertiliser Fiji Ltd.

The company was established in 2013 with hopes to construct the first organic compost in Navua.

Mr Govind said the project would incur a $5 million investment because of the stainless steel machines and equipment that he needed to import from overseas.

He will be using local poultry, cow dank and piggery wastes in processing paste.

“If Government grants me $5m, I will be able to pay it back in four years. Because if I sell 1kg of the fertiliser at $0.80 cents, and for a week I produce 10 tonnes a day and doing the maths from there, I would cover the granted amount,” he said.

This also saves Fiji a lot of money, Mr Govind said, adding with the project, he would be able to save the economy 50 per cent of the money spent on fertiliser imports.

“With the chemical fertilisers imported from overseas, I can produce this in Fiji.

“This manure I just produce with oxygen. Australia and New Zealand they use decompose and the US they use the septic tank system.

“Pure organic fertilisers give the farmers difference and are cheap in price then other chemical fertilisers.”

Mr Govind started researching on organic compost in 2011 because he wanted to minimise and eliminate the importing of chemical fertilisers from international markets and to also promote a healthy nation.

“This project will kill all harmful insects such as salmonella etc.It is high heat during composting and unlike other fertilisers that give a foul smell, this manure does not because it contains only 15 per cent moisture,” Mr Govind said.

“I have already met the Crest Chicken team; they have given the green light and will supply the waste to me for processing.

“This manure will kill the diseases such as typhoid, dysentery and also will kill the grass in the process.

“When you apply the fertiliser on the farm, these diseases will be killed.”

Apart from saving the economy, Mr Govind said the project would also save peoples health and the soil condition.

“With this project, I can produce in one batch about 10 tonnes of manure, pellet size a day,” he added.

Mr Govind said his formula for producing organic fertiliser differed from the method of producing chemical fertilisers.



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