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Vermicompost: a raw material in sustainability of tropical soils and food security

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Crop, Soil and Pest Management, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
  • 2Department of Crop, Soil and Pest Management, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
  • 3Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Kigali, Rwanda

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 8, Issue (2), Pages 53-56, April,8 (2020)


Turning food waste in every home into vermicompost for application on agricultural lands is a step towards enhancing food security; while concurrently sequestrating carbon in the soil. The degraded and depleted tropical soils are high with carbon sink capacity but with low rate of sequestration resulting in low soil quality causing poor crop yields. Soil restorative measures are needed to mitigate soil degradation trends. In this review work, the potentials of the use of vermicompost are examined to propose sustainable pathway, with a view to achieve among other things, improved household waste management, soil productivity, food security and rural household economy.


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