Harare - Some villagers in Zimbabwe have resorted to using human excrement to beat an acute shortage of fertiliser and enhance their crop yields, state media reported on Sunday.
"Chihota villagers have invented optional fertiliser by turning human excreta (faeces) into organic manure with urine being used in the mixture instead of ammonium nitrate," the state Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported.
The human waste collected in specially designed toilets replaces the ordinary compound D and ammonium nitrate fertilisers which are in short supply across the country.
"The collected human waste is commonly referred to as humanure and ecological fertiliser," the report said.
Chihota is about 50km southeast of Harare.
The government-owned Sunday Mail newspaper said: "Abhorred as this may appear, the community's innovation is expected to produce better yields at a time the country is faced with an acute shortage of fertiliser."
Zimbabwe is an economic crisis with inflation last announced at nearly 8 000% in September. Economists estimate the real figure is now closer to 50 000%.
Fertiliser companies have suspended production after failing to secure foreign currency to import chemicals.
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