Using “compost” worms, a Saudi from Taif succeeded in recycling agricultural waste and converting it from waste materials to materials of high and expensive agricultural value.
In this context, Nayef Al-Maliki told Al-Arabiya.net about his project: “Reeding worms is not a new thing today, but it was not widely spread, and I started my project in 2017 by chance through a tweet I posted on my Twitter account, which was quoted Through it, I liked information about the benefits of worms and their role in agricultural reclamation.At that time, one of the brothers from Jeddah contacted me and asked me about my knowledge of the importance of these organisms, but I did not find the answer because I only conveyed that information because of my admiration for it, so it became clear to me that he is fully familiar with such projects. By inviting me to visit his project, which amazed me, he gave me a set of worms with which I started the Million Worms Project.
High quality fertilizer (Photo by Ali Al-Shdawi)
He added, “I am now working, through my project, which includes more than a million worms, to provide farmers with organic fertilizers that have proven effective in supporting their products and reaching a high level of quality, in addition to making use of farm waste to fertilize the soil from natural ingredients and not burn it.” Compost extract contributes to protecting the plant from some fungal and bacterial diseases, and helps in nourishing the plant because it contains all the elements necessary for its growth. Such projects can be used in traditional and hydroponic agriculture, and in the production of fruit and leaf crops in an organic farming system.”
Regarding the method of manufacturing “compost”, Al-Maliki said: “We pickle animal and agricultural waste from damaged leaves and fruits through the compost heap, and after its complete decomposition, we add it to worm farms, to become a ready environment for worms food, which in turn secrete substances that convert all these materials into organic fertilizer. It is known globally as black gold, and I am currently striving to develop my project with all the mechanisms that achieve its success and development.”
Nayef Al-Maliki in his project (photo by Ali Al-Shadawi)