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close this bookLearn how to Make and Use Compost Manure in Farming (Friends-of-the-book Foundation, 1992, 54 p.)
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentChapter One Soil
View the documentChapter Two Fertilizers
View the documentChapter Three Using Animal and Plant Sources to Make Compost Manure
View the documentChapter Four Basic Requirements for Preparing Compost Manure
View the documentChapter Five Structure of the Compost Heap and Major Methods of Preparing Manure
View the documentChapter Six Summary of Characteristics and Benefits of the Use of Compost Manure
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Compost manure is the fertilizer that is made by farmers from plant and animal remains that decompose due to the action of the micro-organisms existing in the heap. This mixture of plant and animal left-overs is concentrated in a small area, thus hastening the decomposition. The heap is made up of items that can enhance decomposition - cowdung, ash and soil. Compost manure is environmentally friendly and promotes soil concentration.

This book deals with the preparation of high quality compost manure and how to use it on the farm. It is divided into six chapters: Chapter one provides a brief explanation about soil, which is one of the key resources in agriculture. Chapter two is about fertilizers in general, while chapter three gives reasons for the use of plant and animal left - overs in the preparation of compost manure. Chapter four is concerned with basic requirements in the preparation of compost manure and chapter five centres on the major steps in the preparation of compost manure. Chapter six summarises the characteristics, merits and use of compost manure.

The author of this book, Pius B. Ngeze, holds a degree in Agriculture and has written several books on the subject. It is our hope that, by using this book, farmers will be encouraged to adopt proper techniques for preparation of compost manure and will result in better yields and productivity.

ISBN 9966-917-04-7

Nairobi, Kenya