Eggshells valuable for Uganda
A graduate of Human Nutrition and Dietetics at
Kyambogo University and the proprietor of Harmony Nutrition Centre in Nateete,
Uganda, discovered that processed eggshells can be used as a calcium supplement to
improve health and consequently, the monetary value of poultry farming.
"I realised that poultry farming was on
the increase but eggshells were wasted. Farmers would get more money from the sale of eggs
if the shells were of some economic value. These factors encouraged me to do
a deeper analysis of eggshells, to establish the best way to promote their use
for the benefit of the poultry farmers and to tap the rather wasted calcium
source," says Jessica Nanyunja.
Nanyunja presented her research findings to a panel of
lecturers at the Kyambogo University and is, â€œadvising people to supplement
their calcium intake with eggshell powder.â€
Her next step is to establish the recommended daily
allowance for the different age groups, flavour the eggshell powder to suit the
varied interests of customers and increase the production scale. "One of my very
first clients has so far consumed two 400g tins of eggshell powder, and she can
now walk without the support of clutches like she used to. The calcium
supplement is user friendly, one just adds a pinch of the powder to daily
meals," she adds.
Nanyunja collects eggshells from bakeries, washes and process them into
powder for sale. â€œOnce adopted, the monetary value of eggs will increase and
subsequently farmers' incomes will improve," she says.
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