Health Food for Soils

An article on "Organic Fertilizers"

By S. Gupta


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With concern for health and environment having become an order of the day, the demand for organically produced fruits and vegetables is growing worldwide. This in turn has brought about a surge in the sale of organic fertilizers - something desperately needed by individuals desirous of growing their own food as well as businesses willing to grow and sell organic food.

Some of the frequently used organic fertilizers include manure, sewage , peat moss, worm castings, slurry, seaweed, and guano.

Food being a basic necessity of human beings, the food industry can never be expected to go on the decline. Besides, the food industry is immune to economic downturns - as people will always need food for sustenance, no matter how bad a shape the economy is in ! So you'll never go out of business if you are dealing in organic fertilizers as very few regions in the world are fertile enough to do without fertilizers during cultivation of crops.

Chemical fertilizers destroy the soil particles, making the soil harder and hampering its capacity to retain moisture and nutrients. Organic fertilizers on the other hand help improve soil aeration and its water-retention capacity. They further help correcting the soil's acidity levels and restore its fertility by enriching it with traces of organic matter. Moreover, organic fertilizers do not harm the environment in any manner.

How are organic fertilizers made One of the ways is to mix plant residues like coir dust, bagasse, press mud and rice straw with animal residues and compost them along with other agricultural waste. Leguminous plants and cattle dung are often used to make organic fertilizers.

If manufacturing organic fertilizers is not quite your cup of tea then you may consider being a distributor. That way you can get engaged in the business of organic fertilizers - by purchasing the fertilizers from a local manufacturer and selling them to retailers at a premium - without having to go into the nuances of fertilizer production.

Owners of farms and gardens would need to buy fertilizers again and again in order to maintain the structure and chemical characteristics of the soil and enhance the quality and quantity of yield, thereby assuring a steady market for firms dealing in organic fertilizers.

Ecopreneurs interested in starting a business of organic fertilizers, should first find out what sort of licensing and certifications would be needed for the purpose. It is mandatory to comply with local government norms and obtain necessary permits. Those willing to be distributors should look for suppliers of organic fertilizers - who can give quality products at legitimate prices. Next comes the arduous task of estimating costs, making a budget, drawing up a business plan and applying for bank loans if necessary. Finally, no business can take off without customers. If you are able to build a good customer base by running from pillar to post to convince farm and garden owners to use organic fertilizers instead of chemical ones, not only will your business prosper, but you'll be helping the environment in the process in a very big way.

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