Precious fish waste
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CTA. 2005. Precious fish waste. Spore 120. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Fish waste, once a major problem since both bulky and unhygienic, is now being turned into flour and used as poultry feed or organic fertiliser...
Fish waste, once a major problem since both bulky and unhygienic, is now being turned into flour and used as poultry feed or organic fertiliser. In Joal, Senegal s leading port for unloading fish products, the heads, scales, skin and other parts discarded by fishers are being recycled and put to commercial use. Senegalese company Biojoal was the first to spot this opening about 12 years ago, and the idea has caught on, so much so that the firm now sells its fodder and fertiliser in neighbouring countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea and Togo amongst others). A 50 kg bag of this organic fertiliser costs just 3,750 F CFA ( 5.6), compared with 6,500 F CFA ( 9.75) for a bag of chemical fertiliser. Saliou Ndiaye pioneered this processing industry, and in the early days he was the laughing stock of the women whose fish waste he bought. But his ingenious idea is now widely acknowledged, not least by city council officials who were wracking their brains over what to do with mountains of fish waste, a dangerous source of infection. These days, Joal is no longer known by its old nickname