The introduction of organic agriculture is the best option to ensure the sustainability of our natural resources.

This was shared by the Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Mahendra Reddy during the launch of the Organic Bacterium fertilizer at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Sigatoka Research Station.

Organic agriculture relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects.

Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy says that organic fertilizers are the best way to give plants the nutrients they need.

“Even large plantations of cash crops like cocoa and coconut, kava and vegetables are facing risks of environmental degradation of epic proportions.”

Dr. Reddy adds that even large plantations of cash crops like cocoa and coconut, kava and vegetables are facing risks of environmental degradation.

A component of the organic bacterium fertilizer launched is a fertiliser that improves cultivation.

“It also allows for slow release of nutrients found in the rhizosphere to be absorbed by the plants slowly over time. The roots become healthy and exudes composition dependent and disease suppressive soil allowing for progressive soil remediation,” said Minister Reddy.

“This fermented fertilizer improves the growth of plants when applied as foliage spray to seedlings and soil or compost drench. It also improves their efficacy in up-taking nutrients so naturally, growth is enhanced,” Reddy said.

These organic fertilizers will enhance soil health by nurturing the soil.

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