Soil enhancement : Vermicomposting in the Caribbean

Two species of epigeic (leaf litter) earthworms with the potential to produce vermicompost have been identified in Trinidad and Tobago by researchers at the University of the West Indies (UWI). The earthworms, Perionyx excavatus and Eudrilus eugeniae, primarily feed on decomposing plant and animal waste and have the potential to be used in sustainable waste management in the region. Micah Martin, a PhD student at UWI, has worked on the research and, from the results, has been able to cofound Boissierre Green Earthworm Farm, a local composting business which provides products such as soil amendments, composting worms, antibiotic free poultry feed and soil mixtures. 

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.