She mentioned that the company extracts its sapropel in the Yalutorovsky district, at the Nepryak Lake, 6 km from the Stary Kavdyk village. The water surface area is of about 2 km, with the distance between the lake surface and deposit is from 20 cm to 1.5 m. The lake silt is extracted by hydro-mechanical means, using only home equipment.
The Nepryak Lake sapropel is unique due to its high content of organic matter, up to 54%. It contains humic acids having antibacterial and bioactive properties that, being combined with amino acids, allows enriching the soil and nourishing plants. Also, this mineral is harmless in terms of microbiology and has no parasites in it, so it won’t harm farmlands.
According to Oksana Ivashenko, sapropel can be used not only as fertilizer and recultivant, but also in medicine, veterinary medicine, cosmetics and oil production. As of now, the Tyumen company specializes on creation of an organic fertilizer from sapropel, but it is currently developing recipes of soil mixes and subsoils and plans to use sapropel as a food additive and compound fodder preservative.
She noted that among the problems encountered by entrepreneurs one can be named that many people are unfamiliar with the beneficial properties of this mineral and don’t know about its advantages over usual mineral fertilizers and manure. Among these advantages she mentioned its environmental safety and long lasting effect: according to certain data, it can last up to 7-8 years depending on the intensity of land use.
“We are conducting experimental studies for usage of sapropel in recultivation of solid municipal waste landfills preventing the toxic substances leaking into the environment, in neutralization of disposal sites of dangerous wastes of livestock and poultry enterprises as well as in cleaning of territories polluted by petroleum products”, clarified the expert.
The volume of investments in the project amounted to 80 million Rubles. The project is being implemented with the support of the Government of the Tyumen region and is being maintained by the Investment Policy and Entrepreneurial State Support Department as well as the Investitsionnoe agentstvo Tyumenskoy oblasti Fund.