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Developing bio-compost production


The project improved the technical efficiency of a composting enterprise. Equipment was purchased resulting in improved production and packaging methods. It also had the aim of increasing the quality of the products produced by the enterprise


The company became active in 1994. However the director of Matogard, Mart Ruumet, had earlier experience with soils as he had already held the position of Manager at Tori market garden which dealt with the making of soil for house plants. The production building of Matogard is on a large former Tori model sovkhos and was formerly a hay-barn.The enterprise now sells approximately 200 tonnes of fertilizer-soil per year.


The main objectives of this project were to: - produce high quality bio-compost from horse dung and biodegraded clippings; - increase the quality of the planting soils and packaged compost.

Main activities

The main activities undertaken in this project were: - the purchase of a steam boiler which produces steam from water at 90 degrees which is then used to disinfect the compost; - the purchase of lab equipment, which was used to monitor and experiment with the produce in activities such as: measuring the acidity and salt levels of soil; the identification of the amount of active nutrients present and their electrical conductivities; - the purchase of a packaging device for the ‘Big-Bag’ bag

Results & Benefits

The production process became faster, economically more effective and more environmentally friendly as a result of the machinery purchased. 10 litres of naphta are saved with each 7 cubic metres of compost steamed. In addition to this as the scientific equipment purchased is modern and unique in Estonia techniques have improved with the work done in the testing lab.

Lessons learnt

Healthy relationships can be formed between scientists and entrepreneurs. A win-win cooperation can be established whereby the entrepreneurs can do the majority of the procedures in the testing lab with the scientists only needing to provide quality assurance.

Project location and other information

Pärnu county, Randivälja village, Tori municipality



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

65 970

EAFRD contribution (€)

27 676

National contribution (€)

6 919

Private contribution (€)

31 374

Project website

Contact name

Mart Ruumet

Languages for contact

English, German, Estonian

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers

Budget range

€20 000 - €99 999

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Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Rural economic diversification
• 312. Support for business creation and development


Agricultural product quality, Agri-environment, Composting, Leader, Entrepreneurship

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