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September 21, 2012

Sta. Cruz LGU’s Vermicomposting Facility


Vermicomposting is a method of composting whereby worms are utilized as the main decomposers of manure. The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Sta. Cruz encourages the use of organic fertilizers because of its benefits to the soil and the farmers. Organic fertilizers rehabilitate the soil which has been damaged by excessive and habitual use of inorganic fertilizers. They are also a cheaper, yet more efficient alternative to the synthetic fertilizers thereby easing the farmers of the burdens of expenses and bad crop production.

In 2008, in part of the Organic Agriculture Program, the Bureau of Soils and Water Management awarded a vermicomposting facility to the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur. The said facility was installed at Poblacion Este and operates with a limited production of 350-750 kilograms of vermicast (finished product, organic fertilizers) a month depending on the availability of substrates and number of vermi worm cultured.

The construction of a bigger-scale vermicomposting facility was initiated in June 2012 as guided by Republic Act 10068 (Organic Agriculture Act of 2010). It was installed at the southern part of the slaughterhouse, beside the quarantine house. It is 90% completed.

The concept of this project involves substrate collection from the by-products of vegetable, fish and meat section in the Public Market. Cattle manure and other carbon and nitrogen source are collected from the barangays.

The moment the vermicomposting facility becomes operational, wastes from the wet market will be lessened and will become income-generators. The vermicast will be available to all farmers at an available price.