Baltic Manure - No bull! Turning manure into a resourceBaltic Manure is changing the public perception of manure from being a waste to being a resource full of opportunities.
Where others see foul-smelling waste, the Baltic Manure Project sees opportunities. With the development of the right handling technologies and the right policy framework, the project is transforming animal waste into a resource with many inherent business opportunities.
The Baltic Sea is a rather polluted basin, choked by excess nutrients – some of these coming from the region’s substantial agriculture and animal husbandry sector. As a result, algae blooms are a common sight.
The Baltic Manure Project, a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, aims to solve this problem by turning a waste into a resource. To accomplish this, the project has brought together researchers, developers, administrators and business leaders, organised into three interrelated forums: Knowledge, Policy and Business. Together, they are discussing how to manure into a source of energy and fertilizer for agricultural crops.
The three forums combine their efforts to provide new insights on the current animal feeding and housing systems and their effect on the “quality” of the manure produced. The research follows the environmental impact of different types of manure (solid and liquid) and studies the types of technologies currently in use. Based on this information, the project recommends new technologies capable of improving the sustainability of the manure handling chain.
Baltic Manure has invested heavily in the effort to stimulate business development of manure handling technologies, including new equipment for solid manure pre-treatment for biogas, a new slurry acidification system, and an innovative manure separation process. These investments are having a positive impact on the resulting fertilizer and energy value of the manure resource, resulting in a new profit source for the farmer.
In its final phase, the project will translate these results into policy recommendations.
“Although handling manure in an environmentally friendly way continues to be a challenge, it also provides opportunities for those who work with technology development and agricultural technologies.”
- Darijus Valiucko, Communications Officer, Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007–2013.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Baltic Manure” is EUR 3 700 000, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 2 900 000 through the Baltic Sea Region programme for the 2007–2013 programming period. The project’s Lead Partner is MTT Agrifood Research Finland.