MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti) – Proving once and for all that ice hockey is not for the squeamish, four men from Latvia’s national team have decided to invest over half a million dollars in a local earthworm breeding enterprise, Latvian media said on Tuesday.
The worm breeding ground, which will produce vermicompost by feeding organic waste to worms, will be part of a facility for pioneering agricultural practices under construction in the village of Malpils, Mixnews.lv reported.
Among the investors will be hockey players Edgars Masalskis, Janis Sprukts, Olegs Sorokins and Martins Cipulis, the report said, citing Rihards Pulturs, who heads Latvia’s earthworm breeding association.
The players, who are interested in green technologies, will sink 300,000 lats ($560,000) into the earthworm facility, Pulturs said.
The total price tag for the agriculture complex stands at 7 million lats ($13 million), with most of the bill footed by the EU and Swedish investors.
Vermicompost is the only fertilizer whose usage in agriculture is not limited by EU regulations.
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