Exploring possibilities for utilization of cattle manure in horticulture in West Java

Recycling cattle manure as a fertilizer is challenging for dairy farmers in peri-urban areas, due to a lack of land to apply manure and the difficulty of handling and transporting the liquid substance. In this project in West-Java, Indonesia, possibilities to enhance utilization of cattle manure as a fertilizer in horticulture are explored. This should lead to a reduction in environmental pollution from cattle manure, and should provide an additional source of income for small-scale dairy farmers.

In West Java most dairy farmers are discharging manure into the environment. Land for fodder production is often heavily over-fertilized. Using cattle manure as a fertilizer in other sectors can reduce environmental pollution and local nuisance. Horticulture could be an opportunity for application of cattle manure, covering a large area of land in West Java. Therefore, the aim of this project is to gain more insight in barriers and opportunities for large-scale processing and application of cattle manure as a fertilizer in horticulture in West Java. This is done by conducting interviews with a large number of stakeholders, such as current and potential processors and users of cattle manure, dairy cooperatives, and provincial government and services. The project is closely aligned with the CCAFS project Closing Regional Nutrient Cycles for Low-emission Agriculture.