Organic fertilisers cut input costs, raise crops’ life

February 25th, 2012 - 4:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 25 (IANS) A senior professor at IIT Kharagpur says the use of organic fertilisers not only can reduce the production cost of the farmers but also increase the longevity of crops.

“Organic fertilisers are much better than chemical fertilisers. The usage of organic crops can not only reduce the cost of crop production but can also increase its longevity to a large extent. It can reduce dependence on cold storage,” said B.C. Ghosh, professor in the department of agricultural and food engineering.

Ghosh said he was currently training farmers in various parts of West Bengal to create an organic village.

“Organic village means farmers learn how to create organic fertilizers, then they will create it on their own in their own houses. Then they will use that organic fertilizer in their own agricultural fields.”

Ghosh said organic fertilisers could be used in crop production just like chemical fertilisers.

“The product which we will get at the end will be organic product. In this way, we not only can reduce the environment pollution but can also increase the quality of crops to a large extent,” Ghosh told IANS on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Heritage Institute of Technology.

Ghosh pointed out that initial usage of organic fertilisers can reduce crop production but after three years the production will not only be better in terms of quality but will also yield the same amount of crops.

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