Fertilisers From Local Medicinal Herbs
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This article was extracted from ekantipur.com publications, Terhathum, January 22, 2012
When I read this article, I was overjoyed to see such a move from the farmers of Phulek VDC who have decided to try organic farming. The use of chemical fertilizers as well as insecticides have caused a lot of concern, which was raised also by the authorities of that District. The concern, which has been in existence for many years now, is primarily based on the fact that the chemical fertilizers and insecticides can affect the growth of the soil and also the health of animals and people.
Currently many crops are suffering due to very poor soil that has been destroyed by chemical fertilizers and insecticides and also many people have reported ill health due to the consumption of plants that have been affected by these chemicals. This can also affect children, water supply and pets.
Although it has 50% lower production cost, farmers are now using local medicinal herbs to prepare the organic fertilizers. This is a wise choice because medicinal herbs are healthy and safe to use.
I encourage them to continue this move, it will pay off in the future. I must commend all the relevant authorities who are helping the farmers to make this effort possible. I hope it will eventually be adopted by every country.
For more information, you can visit http://www.ekantipur.com/2013/01/22/development/fertilisers-from-local-medicinal-herbs/365933/
Updated September 1, 2015
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