Evaluation of Levels of Cadmium, Chromium and Lead in Bio Fertilizer from Various Feed Stocks and in Inorganic Fertilizers Used in Kenya

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J. G. Kinaichu
C. G. Nyaga
P. Njogu
E. G. Gatebe


This study was conducted to compare the levels of selected heavy metals (Pb, Cr and Cd) in inorganic fertilizers and bio slurry from different feed stocks. Bio slurry samples from chicken droppings, cow dung and pig wastes were analyzed for levels of selected heavy metals. Inorganic fertilizers for analysis DAP, CAN, Urea and NPK were procured from local market in Juja town next to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Bio slurry samples were collected from Githunguri Sub County in Kiambu County and from mini digesters set up at JKUAT. Concentrations of Cd, Cr, and Pb were determined by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (Shimadzu 6200). Inorganic fertilizers were found to contain detectable amounts of lead metal. DAP had the highest amount of Pb at 0.03 mg/l followed by CAN (0.02 mg/l) Urea and NPK had 0.01 mg/l each. Bio slurry samples contained lower amounts of lead which was below detectable limit in chicken litter and pig wastes. Inorganic fertilizers contained Cd with the highest levels being in the phosphorous containing fertilizers DAP (0.41 mg/l) and NPK (0.48 mg/l). All samples contained Cr with the highest in bio slurry samples being 0.09 mg/l in cow dung collected from Githunguri. CAN had the highest level of Cr (0.08 mg/l) among the inorganic fertilizers. Bio slurry is a better alternative fertilizer in reducing heavy metal uptake and their subsequent bioaccumulation.

Fertilizer, bio-slurry, heavy metal, bioaccumulation, toxin, agriculture, food safety.

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G. Kinaichu, J., G. Nyaga, C., Njogu, P., & G. Gatebe, E. (2020). Evaluation of Levels of Cadmium, Chromium and Lead in Bio Fertilizer from Various Feed Stocks and in Inorganic Fertilizers Used in Kenya. Asian Journal of Chemical Sciences, 7(1), 38-42. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajocs/2020/v7i119014
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