Farm in Nicaragua derives dual benefits from biodigester

Last Modified: Tue Sep 20 2016 12:50:33 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 800
    pounds of chemical fertilisers used by Mr. Alejandro Jiron, owner of the Los Corrales farm in Matagalpa, Nicaragua for his coffee crop before implementing the biodigester system.
  • 142
    litres of organic fertiliser (biol) produced from the digester every day, which is then used for coffee, Taiwan grass and citrus. According to Mr. Luis Picado, foreman of the estate, they managed to also fight crop pests since biol makes plants more resistant and vigorous.
  • 4,184
    m3 - firewood saved per month with the biodigester in place. The Los Corrales farm can now prepare food for five people daily from the biogas generated.
  • 900
    + Nicaraguan farming families use biodigesters similar to the one at Los Corrales farm. They have not only improved their living conditions but also increased their farms' productivity and made significant savings by not buying chemical fertilisers and firewood anymore according to Judit Vanegas, Communications Advisor at SNV Nicaragua.
  • $6.2 million
    value of the investment fund that is making the implementation of the biodigesters possible in Nicaragua by SNV Nicaragua, in partnership with Hivos. The funding is provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through the Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN), the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), SNV, HIVOS and local contributions.